best HD partition?
I will be getting the WD400BB HD from WD and I am wondering what the best partitioning scheme is?
Perhaps 1gb for swap files, 8gb for the OS and 20 gb for general apps and 20gb for mediafiles?
Not in a position to advise about O.S. issuses, but I always like to keep a physical drive as a single partition.
You can put program files etc, in a seperate directory. As for the swap drive files, if its availabe to you, it might be worth while picking up a cheap second hand small drive. Put this on the second IDE channel. Will work better than swap file access, and program file access from the same IDE channel.
Hope this helps. Just what I would do.
All the best, Justy.
I recently read a very extensive article on swap file optimization and it showed no improvement by setting up a swap file partition. They basically said to set the swap file to a permanent size, 1.5 to 2 times your system's ram. Just set the max and minimum to the same size in kb's. Then if you have a utility like Norton or Nuts and Bolts use it to optimize the swap file. This will move it to the beginning of the drive. As for general partition setup I always use at least 2 partitions. If Windows goes south on you, it's easy to move your important files to the 2nd partition and re-install Windows in the 1st partition.
Found it, read here: http://www.rojakpot.com/Speed_Demonz...ization_01.htm
[This message has been edited by elroy (edited 06-17-2001).]
Thank you for the info. Regarding the second harddrive on IDE 2 for the swap file, how do you suggest I connect my other tiems?
I got 1 CDROM and 1 CDRW besides my main HD?
It depends on the operating system. If it is Windows 2000, I would use 12-16GB NTFS primary partition and then devide the other 22-26GB however you want.
Then I would get a 20 or 30GB secondary drive and connect it to a Promise Ultra66 IDE card. You could even put both drives on the Promise card. Use this second drive for data and the pagefile.
If it is Windows Me, then just do the 8, 20, 20 scheme and forget the swap file partition.
(40GB in marketing speak is really 38GB)
Here's how mine is set for Win2k...
I had mine partitioned into 2 parts.
2 gig for Windows only.
The rest (11gig) for progs, downloads, mp3s, games..etc.. anything other than windows related stuff.
It worked great especially when reinstalling O/S. I rarely have to reinstall the applications on the 11gig partition; just launch the exe file and it works!! Guess what my Word97 works also - no more MS junks scatering all over my registry and hd.
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