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Ok so i know how to physically do a partition but I have a few questions. I have a small 320gb hard drive, I am going to be doing a clean windows 7 64 bit home premium install on it in a few days and would like to do this ahead of time. What do you think is the best way for me to set this up partition wise?

I don't have much data. Maybe 60gb right now worth of games with my steam folder, that's about 4 games and I only plan on getting maybe another 40-50gb of games and then I will be done. Maybe 1 gb of music, no movies and minimal programs. Mainly MS security essentials, CCleaner, malware bytes, fraps, gpu z, and riva tuner. The pc is mostly used to stream netflix, hulu, web surf (email facebook) and for me to play my pc games on it.

I heard it is good to set it up with partitions from someone I know but I never really got into it with him about it. What do you think is the best way for me to do this as I want to do it before I install windows 7 64 bit home premium due to me getting a new motherboard and cpu tuesday. I am really lost on how to set up the partition sizes. My hard drive is 320gb, I just want the pc to run good and fast. Any suggestions?

I have 185gb of free space on my hard drive right now. it shows drive (c) 185gb free of 297gb to give you the exact numbers of what I have to work with. I know if I make the partitions now I will have to manually move the stuff off of C to their destination and that' fine. I just want to get it done while I have free time and the kids are at grandmas til 8pm tonight LOL. Thanks in advance guys, I hope this makes sense
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Why not just have Windows 7 control the whole drive? Is there something you need more than one partition for? If not, then just install Windows 7 to the entire drive.
Edited by Tman5293 - 1/8/12 at 1:23pm
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I have always just had a (c) drive and it takes a long time to do a AV scan because I have to scan the whole drive, well in my case now with games that are going to take up 1/3 of my drive wouldn't it be better to give the steam folder it's own partition so when I run a AV scan I only have to scan (C) since I know my steam folder is clean? It would better organize stuff too right? Sorry if I am wrong here, I am new to this whole partition thing.
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I don't think it is really worth it to have a separate partition just for games. Usually the only reason for having separate partitions is so that you can install more than one OS. People that want to dual boot different versions of Windows or dual boot Windows and Linux will usually set up multiple partitions on their HDD.

I would recommend that you just install Windows to the entire drive. thumb.gif
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I have always just had a (c) drive and it takes a long time to do a AV scan because I have to scan the whole drive, well in my case now with games that are going to take up 1/3 of my drive wouldn't it be better to give the steam folder it's own partition so when I run a AV scan I only have to scan (C) since I know my steam folder is clean? It would better organize stuff too right? Sorry if I am wrong here, I am new to this whole partition thing.
You're absolutely on the right track. thumb.gif
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I would recommend that you just install Windows to the entire drive. thumb.gif
I wouldn't. It's not an issue for him yet - but in my case, I have a couple hundred Steam games. Some of them don't pack files into big gamedata archives, so they instead have about 200,000 tiny files in their folders. The result is a partition with about 4,000,000 files that takes about 14-18 hours to defrag with fast programs like Defraggler.

My OS partition is small (40GB) and has all my other programs on it. It takes about 50 seconds to defrag. tongue.gif An antivirus scan takes about 5 minutes, as opposed to taking 5+ hours.

Managing multiple drive letters isn't a big hassle. I really don't recommend going with one big partition. One big partition just doesn't scale well, performance wise...
     
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See I dont have a lot of programs that I run. Basically riva tuner, gpu z, fraps, microsoft security essentials, malware bytes, crystal disc and firefox. What size partition do you think I should set just for my OS and programs? I just hate having to scan 10 million files to do a virus check, it takes a long long time to do. Thanks in advance
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The smallest you could get away with is ~24GB - that would require disabling some stuff (hibernation, pagefile, etc.)

I think after applying all tweaks I have about 14GB used. 28GB leaves some space, but if you plan to install more stuff it might be safer to make it 40GB+
     
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Are you convinced that a virus cannot jump to other partitions than C?
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