Quote: Originally Posted by echrada
What is the pros and cons of having a partition solely for your o/s? As I am considering this at the moment I thought I would get some input.
1) separate DATA from OS so you can wipe OS partition as many times as you like without losing data
2) partition can be much smaller than the entire disk -- so you could make a USB rbootable escue USB with your OS on it as well. No point in using an entire 1TB disk for say Windows 7 when you only need 25 - 30 GB.
3) If you multi-boot you'll have to have a separate partition for your OS as
4) system backup and restore becomes simple - even cloning disks if you install new disks into your machine.
1) NONE (IMO at least).
With the number of builds coming out I haven't had to worry about my DATA at all.
(Note - it's the same idea on Linux systems -- if you put your data on a separate /home partition you don't have to re-format that if you re-install the OS again or even install another Linux distro. you can sharre the /home across all your distros.)