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Windows 7: Partition size -opinion please, is this ok?

18 Nov 2011   #1

Window 7 Pro 32bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 
Partition size -opinion please, is this ok?

Have these partitions set on a new Windows 7 system.
Windows 7 Pro - 32bit.
i5, 2.40GHZ, 2400Mhz, 2 core....
3G Ram

Would you leave this as is, or shrink the C; and use the D for my personal data.

16G - for recovery
200M NTFS
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C: 140.95G
D: 140.95G

thanks

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18 Nov 2011   #2

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Not enough info.

We have no idea if you have 1, 10, or 1000 GB of personal data. Or if you are likely to in the future.

141 GB is more than most people have occupied on C, unless they install a bunch of games on C.
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18 Nov 2011   #3

Window 7 Pro 32bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

Nope no games, or videos.
Photoshop, raw files are the biggest I use for data . Photo editing and converting is my big thing.
Svg images (they do build up), photos, a bit of music, I try to burn them to dvds or backup drive to be portable. Think the most of this I collected at any one time was 40G-50G on hhd - I think. Now I just have alot more room on this sytem than I am used to.
Does this help?
C: at 50% , does it matter, I wonder? Thanks
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18 Nov 2011   #4

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Performance-wise, it doesn't matter.

For that matter, you obviously don't need 2 partitions. If you religiously back up your data, you could just go with a single C of 282 GB. You would not have to worry about running out of space in either C or D.

I'd consider what you have historically had for occupied space on C, assuming you have traditionally kept data on D.

I have Photoshop CS3, Office 2007, and 30 or 40 other random apps installed on C--using an 80 Gig SSD. Occupied space is 30 GB, and creeping up maybe 6 or 8 or GB per year.

If you are not into video or mp3s, it's not likely you will need much for storage--but I know little about your Photoshop RAW file storage requirements.
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18 Nov 2011   #5

Window 7 Pro 32bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

ok, good to know , so the D partition I could just remove if I like. I was just reading the tutorials on partitions and will read on. Larger image backup of system, if I want to make them?
This is my first system that has these (4) partions on them, and Windows 7. I know not to touch the other 2.
Your prog/size look similar to what I use and will on this. Nothing much on the sytem yet - just Windows 7 setup up files, ms office, and ms essentials. ha, not even winrar installed yet

RAW photos, on special occasions days only +/-10M each if I have to modify, others are 4M jpeg normally-then save on dvds
appreciate it!
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18 Nov 2011   #6

Window 7 Pro 32bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

Oh, maybe not get rid D partition, some backup/recuse info on there. can leave it be. I have a lot of room.
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18 Nov 2011   #7

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There are advantages and disadvantages to having C alone and having C and D. It's mostly personal preference and habit. Things like formatting, virus scanning, and imaging benefit from dual partition setups in which C is relatively small. And you can separately back up Windows and your personal data if they are split.

The other school of thought is to just use a single C, and segregate data purely by a folder structure. That is simpler in some ways and eliminates any anxiety over partition sizes.

In either case, you should back up your data file by file and (optionally) back up at least the C partition with an image.

An image file is usually between 40 and 60 percent of the size of the partition or partitions contained in the image file. You cannot store an image file on any partition contained in the image. So most people store them on externals. I use a second internal drive (I have C, D, and E--all internal and different physical drives, with 1 partition each).
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