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So I am going to reinstall windows 7 (its been a year). Would I get better performance when i make a lets say 40-60gb partition to install windows and frequently used programs on whilst using the other 400gb as a storage partition for games and other programs ?
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Partition for sure.


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post #3 of 18
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So I am going to reinstall windows 7 (its been a year). Would I get better performance when i make a lets say 40-60gb partition to install windows and frequently used programs on whilst using the other 400gb as a storage partition for games and other programs ?
AFAIK, It wouldn't make a difference in the performance secotor, but it would make re-installing windows much easier, because you just format and re-instal on that partition instead of the entire drive.
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I'm not sure really I've hear that it creates faster performance. I made a partition of 32 gb's just for storage in case I have to reformat I have a partition with drivers and different programs for easy re installation
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Never EVER backup anything you need on the same drive as windows. Performance wise you won't see any difference. The only thing is you will get a little more space out of the drive but not enough to hassle with it
    
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But why is there no performance increase ? Isn't the smallest partition placed on the outside of the platter where you get better read/write speeds ?
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post #7 of 18
Even so. The speed gained wouldn't be worth it. If you're really going for a speed increase get a SSD
    
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Ok so a regular defrag and reinstall it will be then
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post #9 of 18
If you stay within the first 25% of the HDD you get slightly better sequential read/write speeds from my own testing with HDTune. EG:if you have a 1TB HDD, the partitions in the 0-250GB range of space will have better read/write speeds on the drive. probably unnoticeable for the most part though in 'real' usage.
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But why is there no performance increase ? Isn't the smallest partition placed on the outside of the platter where you get better read/write speeds ?
Basically you would be short-stroking it. This helps average speed because you're keeping the OS and most used files on the fastest part of the drive. It becomes impossible for any of it to fragment past the end of that partition.

I would do it if nothing else but for the sake of organization and ease of reformatting. Once you get in a habit of storing most of your files outside of the boot partition, "backing up" to reformat becomes a less-tedious task. The performance gain isn't going to be huge because the OS tends to be near the "front" of the drive anyway, but at least nothing will fragment or get rewritten to the slower areas.

As was said though, regular backups should be routine, and they should never be done to the same drive.
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