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Windows 7: New 500G HD

03 Mar 2010   #1
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 
New 500G HD

Good morning everyone, i just purchased a new Hitachi 500G HD for a second system i am building, i have a few questions on if i should partion the drive or not? the second machine will have XP on it, ( I know,lol its going to be for sale) should i just make a partiton for the OS ? and what size should it be, or just use the whole thing?.
Thanks in advance


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03 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Many people recommend creating 2 partitions, 1 for the OS and programs, and 1 for users files.

That way if they need to reinstall, their music and pictures and stuff are on a different partition, and all they need to do is reinstall their programs.

If you decide to go that route, I would probably do something like a 300+200 GB setup.

I don't recommend this for XP, though. Windows 7 makes that kind of thing easy, with Libraries, but it may get confusing for the user. Their user folder would be on the C drive, and that's also where they install programs, but they store their files on the D drive.

Personally, I would just have the one 500GB partition.
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03 Mar 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Good morning everyone, i just purchased a new Hitachi 500G HD for a second system i am building, i have a few questions on if i should partion the drive or not? the second machine will have XP on it, ( I know,lol its going to be for sale) should i just make a partiton for the OS ? and what size should it be, or just use the whole thing?.
Thanks in advance
Hi and welcome


It has to be partitioned. My view is to create 2 partitions. One for the OS (30 gigs for xp) and the other for the data. That way if the OS ever needs to be installed the data is still intact



Ken
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03 Mar 2010   #4
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Good morning everyone, i just purchased a new Hitachi 500G HD for a second system i am building, i have a few questions on if i should partion the drive or not? the second machine will have XP on it, ( I know,lol its going to be for sale) should i just make a partiton for the OS ? and what size should it be, or just use the whole thing?.
Thanks in advance
Hi and welcome


It has to be partitioned. My view is to create 2 partitions. One for the OS (30 gigs for xp) and the other for the data. That way if the OS ever needs to be installed the data is still intact



Ken
thanks for the info guy, as we all know 500G HD is prolly 485 ot there abouts, so i an thinking 50G for the OS and the rest for programs an data ?
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03 Mar 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Good morning everyone, i just purchased a new Hitachi 500G HD for a second system i am building, i have a few questions on if i should partion the drive or not? the second machine will have XP on it, ( I know,lol its going to be for sale) should i just make a partiton for the OS ? and what size should it be, or just use the whole thing?.
Thanks in advance
Hi and welcome


It has to be partitioned. My view is to create 2 partitions. One for the OS (30 gigs for xp) and the other for the data. That way if the OS ever needs to be installed the data is still intact



Ken
thanks for the info guy, as we all know 500G HD is prolly 485 ot there abouts, so i an thinking 50G for the OS and the rest for programs an data ?
That works too. Just remember that not all programs can be installed to other drives, so be sure to leave enough space on the OS partition to accommodate that.

50GB should be plenty, as there are not that many programs like that.
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03 Mar 2010   #6
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

Hi and welcome


It has to be partitioned. My view is to create 2 partitions. One for the OS (30 gigs for xp) and the other for the data. That way if the OS ever needs to be installed the data is still intact



Ken
thanks for the info guy, as we all know 500G HD is prolly 485 ot there abouts, so i an thinking 50G for the OS and the rest for programs an data ?
That works too. Just remember that not all programs can be installed to other drives, so be sure to leave enough space on the OS partition to accommodate that.

50GB should be plenty, as there are not that many programs like that.
once again thanks for the feed back. i have another question concerning the HD, its a SATA HD, and if i recall correctly the drivers for the SATA drive have to be installed during the XP installation, i have a Gigabyte MB GA-MA74GMS2H with the disk, is that going to be a problem getting the XP OS installed ?
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