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Is windows 7/8 programmed to install files onto the most efficient parts of a hard disk?

And if I create a partition, does the os automatically create the partition in the most efficient spot?
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Sectors are allocated from the outside in.
If you're installing on a fresh drive, naturally it will start filling out around the edges first.

The problem is that over time you can have various updates or service packs, files etc be installed and it's a crapshoot where they would end up. To limit the potential of these ending up on the inner portion of the drive you can limit the boundaries by 'short stroking' an OS partition.

When you make the partition it's pretty much just a straightforward quantity type of situation. There are no more efficient spots than others aside from manually stacking your OS on the beginning sectors of the drive.
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that ^

short stroking the OS/program partition and defragging with a smart defrager is the only way to go. (I recently found "MyDefrag" to be awesome compared to other tools)
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    If you have a lot of personal files (like I do), it may also be advantageous to short-stroke your HDD either by shrinking your C:\ partition and moving your personal files to another partition, or simply moving them to another HDD (and leave the C:\ partition full size).  If you don't have a lot of personal files (i.e. you've got GBs or even TBs of video games, but very little personal files) there is no advantage at all to shrinking C:\.  Definitely don't install those programs or games on another partition of the C:\ HDD, because this will force frequent seeking between those two partitions.
    A defragmenter like MyDefrag will effectively short-stroke your HDD by moving frequently accessed system files and program files to the beginning of the drive, with program and game resource data (in order) following, with infrequently accessed data like installers/uninstallers/service pack uninstallation files/help files and the like, last, where the HDD's read speed is slower. thumb.gif
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