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Please point me in the right direction if there is another thread that I should read. Didn't see anything stickied etc.

I have formatted and installed Windows dozens of times however I usually don't leave a separate partition for the Windows installation. I did however leave a 40GB partition last time I formatted which was about a month ago. I installed Windows 7 64-bit to that 40GB partition, and have been installing/moving everything else (programs, games, music, documents, etc) to the larger partition. I am using just a single 600GB mechanical hard drive.

Is this the proper way to do it? I'm not exactly sure as I haven't noticed any performance improvement. If it is proper I'm going to wager that having a separate partition for the OS is unnecessary (at least for me, of course).

Any info/tips will be much appreciated!
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Please point me in the right direction if there is another thread that I should read. Didn't see anything stickied etc.

I have formatted and installed Windows dozens of times however I usually don't leave a separate partition for the Windows installation. I did however leave a 40GB partition last time I formatted which was about a month ago. I installed Windows 7 64-bit to that 40GB partition, and have been installing/moving everything else (programs, games, music, documents, etc) to the larger partition. I am using just a single 600GB mechanical hard drive.

Is this the proper way to do it? I'm not exactly sure as I haven't noticed any performance improvement. If it is proper I'm going to wager that having a separate partition for the OS is unnecessary (at least for me, of course).

Any info/tips will be much appreciated!
The only proper way to do it is the way that works the best for you.

For me, that means having a two-drive setup: one is C:, and one is D:. I use D: for everything like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, My Videos, Desktop, Saved Games, and sometimes even a couple of game installations if needed. I also have a folder I named "Backups" which helps make it very easy for me to format, start over, and be back up and running very easily. I don't use any type of automated backup methods, but instead I do everything manually (it's just the way I like to do things).

If I only had one hard drive, then I suppose I would probably teach myself how to take advantage of having a separate partition that acts like my secondary hard drive.

Many people these days are also using external hard drives in a similar way that I'm using a secondary internal. So most of these people don't partition their internal which means the entire thing is their C: drive.

So, you just have to do whatever works best for you.
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The only proper way to do it is the way that works the best for you.

For me, that means having a two-drive setup: one is C:, and one is D:. I use D: for everything like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, My Videos, Desktop, Saved Games, and sometimes even a couple of game installations if needed. I also have a folder I named "Backups" which helps make it very easy for me to format, start over, and be back up and running very easily. I don't use any type of automated backup methods, but instead I do everything manually (it's just the way I like to do things).

If I only had one hard drive, then I suppose I would probably teach myself how to take advantage of having a separate partition that acts like my secondary hard drive.

Many people these days are also using external hard drives in a similar way that I'm using a secondary internal. So most of these people don't partition their internal which means the entire thing is their C: drive.

So, you just have to do whatever works best for you.
Hm I see. I could have sworn I read somewhere that doing this with a single drive gives you some kind of tangible performance improvement. Perhaps I misunderstood it. Thanks for the info as always TwoCables.
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Hm I see. I could have sworn I read somewhere that doing this with a single drive gives you some kind of tangible performance improvement. Perhaps I misunderstood it. Thanks for the info as always TwoCables.
You're welcome!

I wonder now if you were reading about "short stroking" a drive.
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There will be some performance improvement in the Windows environment, because the C:\\ partition is on the outermost part of the platter and restricted to a smaller size of the entire disc.

It is a good way to do it, that way you can just format the C:\\ partition and have your data on the rest of the drive because it's separate partitioned space and safe from being formatted. But of course a separate drive would be the best.

For reference I have a 1TB Black, and 100gb of that is my C:\\ while the rest is storage. 40gb is a little small for a C:\\ partition but it is manageable.
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You're welcome!

I wonder now if you were reading about "short stroking" a drive.
Never heard of short stroking a drive.

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There will be some performance improvement in the Windows environment, because the C:\\ partition is on the outermost part of the platter and restricted to a smaller size of the entire disc.

It is a good way to do it, that way you can just format the C:\\ partition and have your data on the rest of the drive because it's separate partitioned space and safe from being formatted. But of course a separate drive would be the best.

For reference I have a 1TB Black, and 100gb of that is my C:\\ while the rest is storage. 40gb is a little small for a C:\\ partition but it is manageable.
Hm I see. Are you supposed to have just the Windows installation and updates on C:\\ or are you supposed to have program installations on it as well? Thanks for the info.
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You can install on the "C:\\Program Files" depending how much space you want to use and the amount of space you have, or you could make a folder called "Programs" in the root of the secondary partition and install to there to keep your windows partition uncluttered.

I have a good 95% of my installed apps on a quite slow 200gb western digital with 8mb cache and there is little wait time in opening a program.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Or the folder can be named "Waffles".
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Rock & Roll to the bone

Delete all partition on Physical drive. Before you create a new partion. after that you can see the difference of each intsruction.
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You can install on the "C:\\Program Files" depending how much space you want to use and the amount of space you have, or you could make a folder called "Programs" in the root of the secondary partition and install to there to keep your windows partition uncluttered.

I have a good 95% of my installed apps on a quite slow 200gb western digital with 8mb cache and there is little wait time in opening a program.

Hope that helps a bit.
Yeah that's what I did. I have just my Windows 7 installation on the C: partition and all the other programs installed on the D: partition. I guess I was just expecting more of a noticeable performance improvement
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