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    Question Partitions, how much should i leave for the os?

    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?
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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    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?
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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    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.
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    Ya HDDs are pretty cheap nowadays

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlemon
    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.
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    also if ever i need to kill the os again it will not be such a hastle
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    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.
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    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.

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    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)

    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 ) the problem is that I have 20gb+ files on the hdd that i need to save.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.


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