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Windows 7: tweaking seven install

15 Apr 2009   #1
t41

windows7 7600 x86
 
 
tweaking seven install

Hey guys, I was reading this page: TweakHound - Tweak & Optimize Windows Vista
It says to quote -

Quote:
- Proper Hard Drive Configuration Properly setting up your hard drive(s) allows for both increased performance and reliable backups.
To better understand what I mean, see how I do it: How My Drives Are Setup (I use Acronis Disk Director for partitioning.)
I'll guarantee you that if you didn't build your own computer or completely wiped the drive then your hard drive isn't properly partitioned.
Partitions - A quick example of a proper partition strategy for Vista:
Single Drive - Vista / Docs, or Vista / Docs / Other
Dual Drives - First Disk, Vista /Other
- Second Disk, Page File / Docs

If you have a Desktop:
-Add a second or even a third hard drive.
-Move your Page File and your Documents (and any other non-installed stuff) off the OS drive (I'll show you how later in this guide).
-Partition / Repartition your disks.

If you have a Laptop:
-Partition / Repartition your disks.
His set up - TweakHound - How My Drives Are Setup


OK - my basic question is should I keep my program files on separate drive or partition than the main os? and does it help to partiton the main HD to separate these things?

I almost always keep all my pics, documents and media: ie movies in other partitions - usually external hard drives


1. 1st HD 80GB - all my os and program files

2. 2nd HD 40GB - all torrents etc

3. 5 external Hard Drives connected by fire wire or USB2 - for documents, and all other media
Should I place all my program files on HD 2 - the 40 GB drive and place torrent on external?



Yes I know the externals are way over the supposed limit, but they are all running at same time and have no noticeable cpu problem other than windows7 takes a lot longer than XP to search these drives even after they are indexed.
This is probably a much disputed topic, but am wondering what others on this forum think the best method is. Thanks


Thanks, Evan aka t41




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15 Apr 2009   #2
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

I like to move as much as windows allows off of the system partition and what the OS does not offer to move i use a junction point. I can't stand it when people install every program known to man on the system partition and then ask me to fix their computer cause it is so slow.
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15 Apr 2009   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Partitions? What are those

I use physical hard drives instead of partitioning, so:

1st HD: WD raptor x/150 in raid 0: OS and programs
2nd HD WD raptor 36gb: pagefile, index database, browser profiles
3rd HD samsung F1 1Tb: games
4th HD samsung F1 1Tb: user account, downloads, general files, torrents
5th HD samsung F1 1Tb: music
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15 Apr 2009   #4
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

No matter what disk you install Windows to, put your page file on the other internal disk. That's been proven hundreds of times and with many different operating systems. Putting images and swap on different spindles is a no-brainer -- you just do it.

Trying to move the whole program files tree to another drive will eventually cause you pain. You can install those programs that offer to let you choose where to install on another internal disk but try to keep them all in a similar structure like d:\program files.

Files you access sequentially are fine for storage on external drives. Put your torrents wherever, they're randomly accessed on write, but it's a slow write so the disk won't be your bottleneck. Do move your profile directory to a non system disk just to make clean installing all the new builds of Windows 7 easier.
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15 Apr 2009   #5
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Partitions? What are those

I use physical hard drives instead of partitioning, so:

1st HD: WD raptor x/150 in raid 0: OS and programs
2nd HD WD raptor 36gb: pagefile, index database, browser profiles
3rd HD samsung F1 1Tb: games
4th HD samsung F1 1Tb: user account, downloads, general files, torrents
5th HD samsung F1 1Tb: music
This guy knows what he's doing...
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15 Apr 2009   #6
t41

windows7 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
No matter what disk you install Windows to, put your page file on the other internal disk. That's been proven hundreds of times and with many different operating systems. Putting images and swap on different spindles is a no-brainer -- you just do it.
Thanks for that, I forgot about that, and really had no idea how important that is. I have turned the paging file on C and D drives.However, I am wondering if I should stop and remove the paging file on the C drive altogether and just use the paging file on the D drive, and whether or not it is really necessary to have paging files on each of the other individual hard drives. I have thumb attached with what I did and things are actually responding quicker. Just need a bit more clarification.
Thanks, these are basic questions for most, but I am still learning to be a


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15 Apr 2009   #7
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Here is some info I found helpfull when I moved my page file.
I also partitioned my second hard drive, and moved the pagefile to that new partition.

I quote, "Since the hard drive controller on your computer can read and write to more than one hard drive at a time it’s possible to have 2 paging files. It’s very important that the two paging files are on separate hard drives and not different partitions on the same hard drive."

I don't use that partition for anything else.

Move and Optimize Windows Vista’s Paging File — MAXIMUMpcguides Windows Vista
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15 Apr 2009   #8
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

If you have three internal physical disks then it's fine to have two page files, one on each and system on the other. Like I said, rule of thumb is put paging file on your fastest internal drive separate from system.
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16 Apr 2009   #9
t41

windows7 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheBull View Post
Here is some info I found helpfull when I moved my page file.
I also partitioned my second hard drive, and moved the pagefile to that new partition.

I quote, "Since the hard drive controller on your computer can read and write to more than one hard drive at a time itís possible to have 2 paging files. Itís very important that the two paging files are on separate hard drives and not different partitions on the same hard drive."

I don't use that partition for anything else.

Move and Optimize Windows Vistaís Paging File ó MAXIMUMpcguides Windows Vista

Thanks TheBull, nice link , MAXIMUM site explains everything in a lot more detail, also moved my index file as well
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