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How do you partition your drives?

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I have a single disk in all my computers, because I have a network drive for everything else. All computers are designed the same way in terms of partitions and my main desktop and laptop's files are fully synchronized.

 

Drive C: "System" for all OS and program files.

Drive D: "Documents" for all my documents, music, video etc. my Documents folder is pointed there.

Drive E: "Swap" for virtual memory, and for files that I need to temporarily save that's not worth to be sent to Documents.

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As we all know, I have a mad amount of hard drives. In my main rig, I have the following setup:

 

Drive C: Windows Folder

Drive D: Everything Else

 

This split allows me to (1) Boot Windows, and (2) to easily restore my files and settings should there ever be an issue with Windows.

 

All of my other machines are a strict C: only setup.

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I have the following:

 

Monster Desktop

C: 640GB WD AAKS - System

D: 640GB WD AAKS - Storage

F: 320GB WD MyBook Essentials - Backup

 

On my laptop, I have two partitions, one for system, the other for storage/backups

 

On my server, I have 2 x 320gb AAKS in RAID 1

 

I'm not sure about my Dad's systems

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C: 250GB for OS, Documents, Program Files you name it

 

Partition free ;)

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Hrmm... Everyone else is posting their partition sizes...

 

*decides to join in*

 

C: 100GB

D: 4000GB

 

;)

 

The latter is not necessarily a partition :P

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my drives partition is

 

 

C: for my OS

D: fro all the files

 

so in case i need to reinstall my files are pretty safe in the d part.

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One single 250Gb with 3 partitions:

 

C: Windows (35Gb)

D: Storage for my tunes, drive images of C, downloads (140Gb)

E: Games (58Gb)

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Haha nice man :yes: Do you find games loads slower on E: since it's on the outer perimeter of the disk?

 

BTW welcome to APH man, haven't talked to you in ages :D

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Haha nice man :yes: Do you find games loads slower on E: since it's on the outer perimeter of the disk?

 

BTW welcome to APH man, haven't talked to you in ages ;)

Yeah man, haven't seen you at Neowin much. Seems like a lot of the old faces aren't there anymore especially in the HH section.

 

No, actually the load times seem fairly decent. BF2 seems to take the longest at just a few seconds (5-8) and once connected to my account and choose a map, it'll take maybe 10-15 seconds. Of course I don't have anything to compare to, it's been setup this way since I built this machine 18 months ago (wow time sure files). ;)

 

Welcome to APH Gordon, hope you enjoy your time here!

Thanks, I'm sure I will. I've been registered for awhile, just haven't posted. :D

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Thanks for the info :yes:

 

Yeah, I try to make a post here and there... haha. Yeah, I noticed you registered for 1.5 years before you made 1 post :D

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I can be the king of procrastination at times. :yes:

 

Actually I had forgotten that I setup an account here and was going through my bookmarks fixing dead/broken links and organizing them.

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Probably like some other people to create a separate data/games drive vs. the boot drive and essential documents and such.

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Welcome back Crashgordon! Never seen you around but glad to see you.

 

Just wondering why did you separate Games and Windows drive?

Thanks man.

 

Pretty much what boomer said. Plus it makes my backups of C that much smaller and quicker. As long as I haven't installed/uninstalled any it's ok. Although there have been times that I forgot and had to reinstall a game and start it all over again. :yes:

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Whoa, never thought of that. Thanks for the tips, haha.

 

* Funny fact: I don't backup my C: -- all my documents are in D, and even that I don't really need to backup since it's synced with my other computers. :yes:

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I also keep I backup copy of my Favs and Docs on the D partition to go along with my image of the C one. All my other stuff like photos or music are already on the D partition.

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If you want to resize your partitions, create a new partition to install another operating system without losing your data, you need a powerful disk partitioning utility like Partition Magic. If you don't want to pay for a commercial application, you can use QtParted, an open-source utility that comes with Knoppix.

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WD 640GB Black as Boot

 

WD 640GB Black as Data

 

Probably going to be grabbing an SSD and putting the two 640's in some kind of RAID (one with actual redundancy, not RAID 0)

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