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post #1 of 10
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I was just wondering, if you partition a HDD big enough to fit only windows. And you install everything else on the other partition. Would it be harder to get a virus that will affect your computer? not asking that you WONT get one but just wondering if it makes it harder for virus attacks being that they are on two different partitions.
    
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Good question, I'll be paying attention for the answer.
post #3 of 10
Imho, bad-info. Imagine if you had a primary partition that EXACTLY fitted a windows install... how are you going to update windows? I would think that most viruses are targetted to the OS rather than to your data-drive anyhow.
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Windows is like a little kid, it always needs room to grow.
I'll not mention like a kid... sloppy, always needing to focus on tasks, always needing maintainance... ect
    
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post #5 of 10
If you have windows fully installed and patched with only a few MB of extra space (A bad idea regardless), and everything else installed on another partition... It probably won't help against 99.99% of the viruses out there. They usually attack the C:/windows portion of the drive, and having everything else on another partition would only help a little in data security.
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post #6 of 10
Still, the question stands. Here's another example of the same question. I'm about to upgrade to two 500GB 7200.11's in RAID, so it won't apply. But right now, I have Windows only on my C: drive, which is a 320GB 7200.11, and literally everything else runs off my 500GB Caviar. I understand they kind of link to one another, but how would this arrangement act concerning a virus?
post #7 of 10
No. The virus will be like "Oh sweet more stuff to harm!" and just pwn the other partition.


hiiyah: It will still get infected.


Infact, I was working on a machine with two partitions, it put boot.ini on the other partition so Windows wouldn't boot.
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post #8 of 10
The only way this would be a good idea is that you keep your valuables on the other drive/partition. So if you do get a virus, you can just reinstall over the system partition. Nonetheless you need some breathing space for the operating system.

More importantly I'd be more concerned about your online habbits. I've been 2 years without antivirus protection without a blip.
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post #9 of 10
boy i havent had any but used avast but one drive in my raid0 had some corrupt files so i just reinstalled maybe it had to be both drives not sure if you can have one corrupt.
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post #10 of 10
It really depends on how the virus was made. They ARE programs. Many of them affect all partitions/drives now, making sure it doesn't get detected/deleted.
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