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Windows 7: Partitions?


13 Jan 2011   #1

Windows Prox64
 
 
Partitions?

Hi
Im just starting a new install of Windows 7 Prox64, I was wondering if it was de-rigeur these days to partition the drive?
For instance t seperate windows from other stuff or programs from data etc
Or do most folk put it all on the one partition these days?

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13 Jan 2011   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi OnTheRopes, and welcome to sevenforums,

i would definitely partition especially with today's huge drives- keep your data and your os separate.

that way, if anything were to go wrong with your windows system, you could safely reformat and reinstall/image without worrying about losing your data.

here's a tutorial on how to change your user folders, to ensure that your data gets saved where you want.
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13 Jan 2011   #3

Windows Prox64
 
 

Thanks Mickey
Would you suggest 2 partitions then? Or 3 partitions so 1 for OS one for progams and one for data or is tha getting a bit OTT?
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13 Jan 2011   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Worldwide: pretty sure you see everything on one partition most of the time. I wouldn't be surprised if the single partition group was 90% of the total.

Among enthusiasts and among forum members, more people tend to use C and D. C for Windows and apps; D for data. You don't often see C for Windows, with apps on some other partition, though it does happen.

If I had to speculate, I'd guess over half of members of this forum separate data. Readers as opposed to members is still probably over half on C alone.

I don't know of a poll, so it's guesswork.

It's mostly personal preference and habit and not really a big deal---assuming you are properly backed up and can install Windows at will when required.

Using a bunch of partitions can easily lead to space issues on at least one of them.
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13 Jan 2011   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it's up to you really on how many, but two is a very good way to go in my opinion.

one for the os/programs, and one for the data is a good start.
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13 Jan 2011   #6

Windows Prox64
 
 

Okay, you reckon 30Gb minimum for OS?
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13 Jan 2011   #7

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

do you play games?

sometimes a single game can take 15 gigs!

it seems that you've got a terrabyte drive. why not give windows a bit more than 30?

you can always safely resize later.
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13 Jan 2011   #8

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I'd be a little antsy about 30 unless I had a real small drive.

I use 60. My C now has 22 GB occupied and has never been above 25.
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13 Jan 2011   #9

Windows Prox64
 
 

Well I have new 1TB so space is not an issue
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13 Jan 2011   #10

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

everyone's usage will differ.

i've got a 60 gig ssd as my main system/apps drive, and it's half full already after less than a month.

i've got my data and a lot of my games installed on my terrabyte spinner.
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