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Hey guys, I'm always wanting to learn new things on how to make my PC better. So I was wondering what is the best way to set up a HDD in terms of partitions and stuff?
Is it useful/encouraged to make different partitions? How about the page file, how should I go about tinkering with that?

Thanks guys. I'm just trying to learn stuff here.
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partitions are very useful in case of emergencies. they help you organize data and you can keep your data while you format/reinstall os in the os partition.
well, you should make as many partitions as you may need. Personally I would have created 3 partitions in a 320gb drive. one 100gb for OS and software installations, one 100gb for games/movies/music and one (~)120gb for other stuff. you have to decide what is best for you. Just try not to create too many partitions.
If you have more than one HDDs, then its advisable to keep the pagefile in the non OS drive. This way, if you run a game or software from the OS drive (or another drive), you get better performance.
    
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Originally Posted by leopold1985;13715708 
partitions are very useful in case of emergencies. they help you organize data and you can keep your data while you format/reinstall os in the os partition.

Could I set this up on a 128GB SSD that already has Windows and program files installed on it? confused.gif
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Ah, I see. Thanks!

I'm thinking just two partitions, one for OS and software, the other for games, documents, music, vids.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
Could I set this up on a 128GB SSD that already has Windows and program files installed on it?
Cant tell you about SSDs cause I never had any, but you can go to 'disk management' and shrink disk space on a OS partition in normal HDDs. Then you can use the extracted space to create a new partition. This will probably work for SSDs too but not sure. Right click 'My Computer' > Manage >Storage > Disk Management ......... go there and find out.
Do not take away too much space from a OS partition.
    
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Hey guys, quick question. If I were to get a boot SSD, what is the minimal size I would need just for the OS and apps? I would have games, data, music, etc on another drive.
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Hey guys, quick question. If I were to get a boot SSD, what is the minimal size I would need just for the OS and apps? I would have games, data, music, etc on another drive.

Depends totally on you. If you plan on installing too many big-ass softwares like complete adobe suite and 3ds max and maya etc in the system drive (or SSD drive), you might need SSD capacity of more than 100GB. Personally I can manage quite well with a 64gb model. I think that's more than enough for work. But then again, I dont usually use ( never needed to) more than 40gb on the system drive.
    
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Na, I don't really plan on installing any of those type of programs.

One more question, sorry lol.

Would it be better to have a boot drive SSD, or get a Z68 motherboard and get a SSD for caching.
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Na, I don't really plan on installing any of those type of programs.

One more question, sorry lol.

Would it be better to have a boot drive SSD, or get a Z68 motherboard and get a SSD for caching.

Though Z68 ssd caching provides better performance than using a hdd storage device, it is only helpful when you run the same app more than once (the data has to be stored in the ssd in the first run). So in my opinion, its better to use a high capacity hdd as storage and a SSD (preferably in the 80/100+GB range) as a separate boot device. The scenario changes if you are already in possession of a smaller SSD ( less than 60gb). In such a case, its better to use the SSD as a cache drive (enhanced mode, I dont like the sound of maximized mode) .
    
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I have a Kingston 64GB SSDNow drive and a 500 GB Western Digital Caviar blue SATA 6 drive. Should I use it as a boot drive as well instead of SSD caching since have a Z68 motherboard?
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