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So, this is my first time I consider dividing my 1TB HDD to C and D (500gigs each). What is the common thing to do? Should I like install windows 7 on the C, and all other programs, pictures, movies music etc etc to the D part?

The idea is that if I want to format and install windows again sometime, I will not lose any of my data when they all are on the D part.
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http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-location.html

This may help. It's what I did.
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Install OS and programs to the same partition. (The first one)

C should be as small as possible, but large enough for all your apps/games. The goal is to keep your most important data on the edge of the drive. Making C too small and then putting apps on the second partition defeats the purpose... also, most apps will have to be reinstalled anyway after an OS reinstall, so it really makes sense...

Of course, if all your games are Steam games, then three partitions may benefit you. Steam reinstalls the games for you the first time you run them - but it records that per-OS. If you reinstall Windows, it reinstalls your games. (without the nasty download) So C would be for OS/programs, D for Steam games, and E for storage.
Edited by Kramy - 8/17/11 at 12:44am
     
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
Install OS and programs to the same partition. (The first one)

C should be as small as possible, but large enough for all your apps/games. The goal is to keep your most important data on the edge of the drive. Making C too small and then putting apps on the second partition defeats the purpose... also, most apps will have to be reinstalled anyway after an OS reinstall, so it really makes sense...

Of course, if all your games are Steam games, then three partitions may benefit you. Steam reinstalls the games for you the first time you run them - but it records that per-OS. If you reinstall Windows, it reinstalls your games. (without the nasty download) So C would be for OS/programs, D for Steam games, and E for storage.
Ok, this was very helpful! Thank you very much! REP+
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