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How should I partition my 750gb HDD?

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I am working on a new build and have a Samsung spinpoint 750gb 72k 32mb cache hard drive and was wondering how I should partition it?

All programs on one partition and data on the other? What size should I make the partitions?

Any help would be appreciated...Thanks.
    
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If that were "my" hard drive, and it was the only hard drive in my system, then I'd partition it in the following manner:

1 main partition for O/S and programs of 100GB to 250GB (depending on how many applications you plan to load... if you have lots of games then you have to decide how much space you want to use for them)

The rest of the drive I would set aside as "STORAGE" for all of your data items (music, pictures, word documents, downloaded files, etc...)

I would NEVER store my "data" on the same partition/drive os my operating system. Keeping them separate pretty much can be a lifesaver if your O/S ever takes a dump on you and you have to re-install everything. Applications usually can be re-loaded very easily, however data once lost is usually gone forever (or in the least "data recovery" can be quite expensive and worrisome.)

Being on the "safe" side, I'd even go as far as recommending a separate drive eventually for your data files... (if you don't mind spending the money for that) or at least have a separate drive to use for "backups" of you main drive (I use either Norton Ghost or Acronis Live Drive for this function doing incremental backups of my main drive on a weekly basis.)

Good luck on getting your drive up and running.
Edited by DarkFury - 5/22/08 at 7:23am
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Depending on what you do with your computer, I personally would buy a 160-250GB HDD for the OS/apps for like $50-60 and use the 750GB for pure data storage. But I have a lot of MP3's, movies, anime, etc., that I watch/listen to. I have my 160GB for my OS/apps (not even close to being filled up), and my 400GB for data storage (getting close to filling up).
     
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I have 2 of the Spinpoints and partitioned one with 50GB/650GB, 50GB for my OS, apps, and games, and the other 650GB for my media I don't really care about losing if the HD ever fails (i.e. pr0n). My second is just a full formatted 700GB and is for pure storage.
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