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    Question Windows XP drive partition space?

    I'm not really sure where to put this so I'll try here.

    I am going to install Windows XP on a new drive and I'm thinking of partitioning the drive out. How much space should I allocate for an install of XP and then the usual programs to go along with it? I'd like to be able to wipe the OS area without worrying about all of my files. It's a 400 gig drive so I was thinking of giving it something like 30-40 gigs for Windows, Office, Steam, Firefox, Photoshop, BOINC, Winamp, and the like while keeping the other part of the drive out of harm's way and able to save my music, movies, documents, and so on.
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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    I think that 30 to 40Gb might just be cutting it a bit close.
    60 to 75Gb would give the OS and the other apps some breathing room to work.
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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    I agree with oldbrave. 60-70GB or more is better. Ultimately it would be best to add another hard drive instead, rather than partition the one you have.

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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    Ultimately it would be best to add another hard drive instead, rather than partition the one you have.
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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    I agree but I don't have the money for another hard drive. This one is a SATAII 400gb while the two I'm currently running are IDE 80 and 40 respectively. The 40 is a Maxtor 5400 rpm that I use for music storage while the 80 is a 7200 rpm Seagate I use for Windows and programs as well as more file storage. If I'm going to use the 400 for file storage and Windows I would prefer not to have to worry about what to do with 300+ gigs of junk when I need to reinstall/reformat (always a question of when, not if). I hope that's not for some time but you never know.
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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    with that much stuff on your main drive it is a problem....without having another drive to backup the stuff you are leaving yourself wide open to losing it if the whole drive goes down....

    obviously, you can reinstall to the Windows partition without disturbing the other partition, but if the whole drive goes RAW (gawd, I hate that when it happens) due to playin' or whatever

    you need some kind of backup solution, sooner or later it will bite you....

    there are ways to get the informations back in most cases, lots of extra work and the good recovery proggies costs some $$$$, equal to getting another large HD for backup....

    i prefer to put my OS on a single HD, one main partition, using a Rapty 74 10,000 rpm for that, perfect size, a little large for XP 32bit, about perfect for Vista 64bit....

    whatever floats yer boat...

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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    Why not use the 400GB purely for storage and use the 80GB purely for Windows and apps?

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    Re: Windows XP drive partition space?

    Well I was hoping to speed Windows and my programs up a bit by switching to a SATA drive with eight times the buffer, but you're right and I'm thinking I will use the 80 gig as my Windows drive.
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