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Hey lads,

Goin to start my new build tommorow after college co-op (Phen 955 BE, Asus M4A89GTD PRO, 8gb G.Skill 1333, Radeon 6950 2gb, and finally a WD Caviar Black 1tb.)

Im a complete newb at partitioning etc, i've installed windows a good few times, but this time with the new drive/build id really like to do it with optimum performance/efficiency in mind (gaming etc), i know its not a fancy SSD lol, but their too expensive for me atm.

Long story short, im just wondering if anyone of the storage buffs have any tips for fresh installing windows 7 pro on a new WD black for best performance ie. what kind of partition setup, as aposed to just plopping it on there like. Thanks alot for reading, and any input/suggestions are much appreciated.
Edited by Asmodean - 5/9/11 at 12:33pm
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How you partition your drive isn't going to affect performance. Unless you plan on putting multiple operating systems on it, the default Windows 7 install parameters will be just fine.
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I thought having a small partition (or something) for the OS, and a large one for storage yielded better performance on a drive?, rather then just putting the OS straight on? i've no idea like, is why im asking lol.
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I'd go 150GB for the OS, and the rest for storage smile.gif
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Ok, so I take back what I said before lol. I just stumbled across this article, and it has some good info on the subject. http://partition.radified.com/partitioning_2.htm
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Anything from 25% down, keeps you in the fast part of the drive wink.gif

And if you look above this thread there's a sticky about Short Stroking with Raid0 using WD640 drives!
I know you're only talking one WD640. But you can still see the access time at the different sizes of the Arrays/Partitions.
And 25% is IMO about right smile.gif

edit, are you going to have two HDDs in your Rig! The WD640 and the 1TB cool.gif
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Anything from 25% down, keeps you in the fast part of the drive wink.gif

And if you look above this thread there's a sticky about Short Stroking with Raid0 using WD640 drives!
I know you're only talking one WD640. But you can still see the access time at the different sizes of the Arrays/Partitions.
And 25% is IMO about right smile.gif

edit, are you going to have two HDDs in your Rig! The WD640 and the 1TB cool.gif

Yeah, that was the plan, was going to keep this drive, as-is in case i need it for some reason, and pop it in as a slave for extra storage, i have seriously no idea how to setup raid though lol. Thanks for the reply.
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Yeah, that was the plan, was going to keep this drive, as-is in case i need it for some reason, and pop it in as a slave for extra storage, i have seriously no idea how to setup raid though lol. Thanks for the reply.

Cool smile.gif

I would probably use the WD640 for the OS! And I'd make my main partition about 100GB! And once in Windows, I'd go into Disk Management and create a second partition using the remaining 500GB. And this would be my temp storage partition!

Then I'd put in the 1TB drive. Boot into Windows, and go into Disk Management and make two Partitions on it. One for games, and the rest for storage! 25% and 75%

This way, you'll be running dedicated drives! And games, do run better when running from a drive other than the OS drive smile.gif

I also mentioned a "temp storage partition" on the WD640! This location is IMO best kept as empty as possible! So as to ensure that the HDD heads don't have any reason to go into that part of the drive. And so are where you want them, in the 100GB OS partition smile.gif

I even have a dedicated Fraps Drive biggrin.gif
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I use disktrix ultimate defrag. It's a program that lets you manually choose the location of every file on your disk. I think it is an interesting alternative to multiple partitions.

I have my disk arranged by frequency of file use. The files most often accessed in my drive are at the outer edge of the platter and the 35% least used files are on the inside edge of the platter. The program does this automatically. All the random system files used by the OS are then accessed the fastest and all the features in windows that I literally never use are on the inside edge of the platter out of the way and not wasting space in the fast region.

You could also do this combined with a partition for ultimate performance. The defrag program will see the partition as a drive and allocate the files accordingly.
    
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