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View Full Version : Partitions, how much should i leave for the os?



rlemon
06-09-2005, 06:52 PM
I'm partitioning my drive off from a single partition (40 gig) to two partitions (one for the OS and one for my files)

now what i'm wondering is:

what is a safe amount to leave for the OS (winXP + sp2 running a single user)
should 4 gig be enough? I think XP only takes up like 1.6 gig.
can someone please verify this?

rlemon
06-09-2005, 07:03 PM
After talking to the IT specailist at my work he said I should leave aroudn 6 - 8 gigs.

reason being:
even though i'm not going to be installing 'my software' on the same partition as the os files will still be written to that partition. So we want to leave enough space to encompass this.

however,
if it makes a difference,
The only software I will have installed is the basic media software (WMP, WinAMP, and realPlayer) macromedia MX suit, few games, and a few browsers.
(and the basic protection software. MSAntiSpyware, Mcfee virus scan, ect..)

No Ms Office software will be installed (so no MSoffice, no MSExcel, no frontpage, nothing like that.)

The only thing I can think of that is large and a ms product is visual studio .NET suit. :confused:

JamieR
06-09-2005, 07:18 PM
I would leave about 10gb for the installation of your OS and software. Updates etc take up disk space..although not a lot of it but it is still worthwhile to have free space on drive/partition.

rlemon
06-09-2005, 09:49 PM
I would leave about 10gb for the installation of your OS and software. Updates etc take up disk space..although not a lot of it but it is still worthwhile to have free space on drive/partition.
my biggest concern with that is that the other partition will contain most of my other files wich will require over 25gb (music, movies, images, code, ect..)

hrmm, maybe i should just go an pick up another hdd?

JamieR
06-09-2005, 09:51 PM
Could do...or leave your 40GB with 1 partition and then use it as your boot volume them go and purchase an additional hdd such as a 120GB or bigger...

rlemon
06-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Could do...or leave your 40GB with 1 partition and then use it as your boot volume them go and purchase an additional hdd such as a 120GB or bigger...

thats what i was thinking.

JamieR
06-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Ya HDDs are pretty cheap nowadays ;)

oracleguy
06-10-2005, 03:21 AM
thats what i was thinking.

That way you can install your apps and stuff to the 40 and if you have to re-install all your user data is on your second hard drive and you won't need to back it up as much.

rlemon
06-10-2005, 04:44 AM
also if ever i need to kill the os again it will not be such a hastle :thumbsup:

carl_mcdade
06-16-2005, 12:02 PM
Windows by itself does not take up that much space 10g should do it. The problem is that windows updates and some shared files from other apps land on c: regardless. Some applications have to be on C: or they start failing after defragmentation and use.

So everytime I have partitioned to 15gb it disappears after a month or two (Photoshop and Dreamweaver...). To be safe go with 40 gb - 60gb for XP and add another hardrive for storage and the windows swap file.

JamieR
06-16-2005, 02:52 PM
I've installed XP on a 4.5gb hdd before now and had over 3GB still available - I'm sure that XP doesn't use a SWAP file - that's Win 9*, however it does use the pagefile.sys as the store for virtual memory.

rlemon
06-16-2005, 04:33 PM
I had previously run xp on a standalone 10gb drive.

I had to get a new hdd not because i was not running out of room, but instead my hdd was too old and I was getting too many 'currupt sectors' (like 100 meg and growing by about a meg every 3 days) :confused:

then i bought a 40 gb hdd.

now i need to format that drive and load a new version of xp (i have a currupt version of xp now, bad ripp :confused: ) the problem is that I have 20gb+ files on the hdd that i need to save.

JamieR
06-16-2005, 06:16 PM
set the new drive as primary master then format/install xp - have your old drive as primary slave so you can try and get your data off it and then transfer it to your new drive. However if your drive is totally buggered, you won't be able to do anything with it.

rlemon
06-16-2005, 07:36 PM
no, i don't think you understand. I have one hard drive. i want to partition it off, move the fiels i want to save to the new partition, format the other one and reload xp.

JamieR
06-16-2005, 08:40 PM
Ok..so I didn't read the last few posts correctly

if you have one drive and want to partition it off, create a new partition for XP out of the free space of the single drive and then just copy for data from where ever it must be onto the other partition.

rlemon
06-16-2005, 10:30 PM
Ok..so I didn't read the last few posts correctly

if you have one drive and want to partition it off, create a new partition for XP out of the free space of the single drive and then just copy for data from where ever it must be onto the other partition.

the problem is partitioning off the drive.
the only software i have heard of (through word of mouth) is partition magic and it's not freeware sso.......

any ideas ??

JamieR
06-16-2005, 11:06 PM
Well if I was in your situation I would get Partition Magic, however http://www.partition-manager.com/index.htm?sourceID=DW looks interesting.

carl_mcdade
06-17-2005, 10:34 AM
You can do a clean install of windows on the new hd and set the partition size in setup. Then format the other half of the drive after windows starts. The old disk should be put in as a secondary ide drive, then copy those old disk files on to the second partition of the new HD. Format the old disk and leave it in to hold your paging file (swap file.. all the same to me). This usually speeds things up in windows.

Willy Duitt
06-17-2005, 11:50 AM
My XP OS is sitting on a 5 Gig partition... Including SP2 and all the programs I normally use to maintain and secure the OS, it is only using 2.5 Gigs...

XP does use a swapfile and by default it is set at 1.5 X's your system RAM... Thus 512K of RAM would by default be 3/4 Gig... However, the swapfile can be moved to another partition along with the recycle bin which by default is set to 10% and TIF which is another 10%...

I advise partitioning two 5 Gig partitions (leaving the rest for your files) - one for your OS and another for a backup to copy a clean copy of your OS... The advantage of this is that if anything ever happens and your OS is compromised, you can copy the clean backup partition back to your main OS partition within minutes... Additionally, if your main OS ever becomes corrupt and will not boot you can always change the boot sequence thru bios to boot to your backup OS partition...

In the event your backup copy of your OS is on another hardrive it is also recommended that you make a copy of your MBR (Master Boot Record) since XP by default will overwrite the MBR of an OS sitting on a slave drive...

You can easily copy these OS partitions back and forth by either booting into safe mode with command prompt and using the DOS copy commands or using xcopy or robocopy...

.....Willy

rlemon
06-17-2005, 04:45 PM
You can do a clean install of windows on the new hd and set the partition size in setup. Then format the other half of the drive after windows starts. The old disk should be put in as a secondary ide drive, then copy those old disk files on to the second partition of the new HD. Format the old disk and leave it in to hold your paging file (swap file.. all the same to me). This usually speeds things up in windows.

i only have one hdd



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