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Partitioning is totally useless. hard drives are so cheap anyways, and you also have redundancy with multiple drives. thumb.gif
And like sean said, it's much faster and easier to have different drives for different things.
    
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You obviously don't do extensive multitasking or have any type of heavy disk intensive workloads. If you did you would realize how much faster it is to read and write from separate drives or have dedicated drives for specific tasks. wink.gif

no, I just also know that it takes at least $70 for a decent drive. I'm not saying its not better to have to drives, I would love to have an extra laying round (I do if you count my external) i'm questioning the OPs example pf why- quicker reinstalls. I'm saying it is a non-advantage because the same thing can be accomplished with partitions. which, by the way make things ten times easier when multi-booting I'm not saying one drive is better, just that the OPs specific example is a non-advantage
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You obviously don't do extensive multitasking or have any type of heavy disk intensive workloads. If you did you would realize how much faster it is to read and write from separate drives or have dedicated drives for specific tasks. wink.gif

no, I just also know that it takes at least $70 for a decent drive. I'm not saying its not better to have to drives, I would love to have an extra laying round (I do if you count my external) i'm questioning the OPs example pf why- quicker reinstalls. I'm saying it is a non-advantage because the same thing can be accomplished with partitions. which, by the way make things ten times easier when multi-booting I'm not saying one drive is better, just that the OPs specific example is a non-advantage

i think he is kind of relating like he can just blast all the data from his OS drive and not care to back up anything as it is all on his HDD array. He doesn't need to backup, thus it is quicker to reinstall.

If he were to reinstall and say accidentally wipe the single drive that had his data on it he would then have to retrieve his data from a backup of before. Same goes for if his single drive where to die. Since he has a separate drive for his OS he won't need to transfer data from a backup, only reinstall. Data transfers will take some time...and with a large RAID array imagine restoring like 4TB @ 20-30MB/s on USB 2.0 if one only had that interface for an external? And then at the same time running installers? lol
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because the same thing can be accomplished with partitions. which, by the way make things ten times easier when multi-booting
Well, when multi-booting I can still have my dedicated drive and have the same folders for one OS be linked as user folders as I do for another. So partitioning again wouldn't make a difference at all for me there. biggrin.gif

Also, you haven't joined the "I have a SSD for OS and have terabytes of personal data club." Your mind set on data layout is different. I was a lot slower to do reinstalls and backup data when I had one drive for everything then I am now with multiple drives. smile.gif
post #24 of 33
im glad i have a similar setup that makes it very easy to change my OS to upgrade or fresh install with ease and little waste of time biggrin.gif
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You don't need to do anything to steam. The Steam folder is completely portable. The only thing you may need to do is backup game saves.
When you reinstall the OS just go to you steam folder, launch steam, enter your email code to activate it and you will be done. No need to move steam or reinstall it if it is on a storage drive.

What I do is rename my Steam folder on my 1TB drive (I have a separate drive for my games and programs). Then reinstall steam onto the same drive. Afterward, close steam, delete the steam folder that was just created and rename the old one back. Reopen Steam. You don't loose anything biggrin.gif
 
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I think sean is going to win any discussion about data storage. rolleyes.gif
 
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Love having multiple drives!
Boot just contains drivers now, i place all games on my storage drives and i always backup my origin and steam folders, so i don't need to update all games.
Need to get me a single-platter 1tb black now thumb.gif
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My new 2tb storage drive will be getting here wednesday, I was running low (~40gb left) and I told my brother that, then he sent me three games without notice on steam so I just decided I should stop cutting it so close LOL

It will be nothing short of spectacular fitting a drive like that in my computer.
~8yr old desktop drive fit, so this should too. (Click to show)
just sitting there, one side of it is wedged into the case, it holds the drive just fine.
 
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My new 2tb storage drive will be getting here wednesday, I was running low (~40gb left) and I told my brother that, then he sent me three games without notice on steam so I just decided I should stop cutting it so close LOL
It will be nothing short of spectacular fitting a drive like that in my computer. ~8yr old desktop drive fit, so this should too. (Click to show)
just sitting there, one side of it is wedged into the case, it holds the drive just fine.
Isn't that really bad for performance on a HDD, i never let it go below 10%
Might need a new case also rolleyes.gif
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Isn't that really bad for performance on a HDD, i never let it go below 10%
Might need a new case also rolleyes.gif
probably, but its a 4 year old wd scorpio blue drive from an old laptop (screen fell off lol) ~300gb formatted not fast to begin with sad-smiley-002.gif another reason the storage drive I got is 7200rpm and everything

nothing is wrong with my case frown.gif Its meant to be crammed, its got a watercooler so I cant fit the hdd/optical drive bay

mini itx should not be spacious like the prodigy in my opinion
SFF makes me all fuzzy inside, GTX670 soon (Click to show)






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