I bought a new hd to add to my current system and have a dual boot.I am going to install Win8 (beta) on new hd, (1gb sata hi-perfomace Seagate Barracuda, 7200rpm w 32mb cache). I'm getting ready to partition the hd. I would like to have multiple partitions on hd, but I'm not real clear on a few things.
First let me say that I'm not unfamiliar with partitioning a hd, just not multiple partitions for the purpose of keeping the OS, programs and data/doc separate. I have read up on creating multiple partitions, but I'm still a little confused
about the type of each partition that the programs and data will go on. Once the hd is partioned and formated how is the os and program folder kept sepatate during the os install. I know the OS goes on the Primary. I'm not clear about logical and extended partitions and whether or not the programs and/or data goes on one or the other. Also, where is the MBR? Does that go on a separate partition as well or on the OS partition? I would also like to, if possible, decrease the hd data access time a little.
I will likely replace the beta version with WIN8 when the final release comes out and I will have quite a bit of software installed eventually. Some of the programs will be rather large, (Adobe CS5 Suite, games, images, music and video). All my data will be backed up on an external drive.
I hope that's enough info to get a dialog started. Thanks in advance for any advice, feedback or input.