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For a boot partition you want at LEAST 20 gigs minimum....me personally I use a 40 gig for boot but it depends on what all your gonna run...look at it this way...windows fully updated takes 3 gigs or so.....most NEW games take at least 1 gig.....most modern programs(ones like video editing) take about a gig or so...so figure out basically what all your gonna install on it now(and in the future) then double that so you have expanding capabilities and room for the BIG page file...hope this helps...TY
Great advice.. I like the 40g myself
A dual partition also improves HD performance by allocating the C: or Root to the outer and fasest part of the HD's platers
    
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not only that BUT...in the event you have to format and reload system.....you format the boot partition and it doesn't affect the second partition(Data Drive)...That is the main reason I started doin it...Also you can designate where your "My Documents" file is and your favorites and what not...So make a folder on your Data partition and once windows is loaded assign that location to ALL your data you'd want to save in the event that your windows crashes or becomes unstable and you need to reload it...makes life very simple and NO data loss...TY
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i just think that partitions have outlived their usefulness. now that *could* be that i have never had to reload Mac OS X more then once per release. i shall find out soon. is their a reason why people always end up having to reinstall windows?
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well with what you want to do... you'll need a program like Norton Partition Magic 8. that is basically the only way you can partition your drives wo loosing data... but keep in mind that even this program sometimes has trouble with boot drives. I have partition magic... I got it to make some partitions on my Dell... it works decently.

if you are changing your mobo and want to keep your data you can probably just do a windows repair and everything will work.

keep in mind though...both of these solutions do carry a risk so you should back up all your important data before you try either one... so basically you're back to backing up your data and doing a reformat/reinstall which will give you the cleanest install.

so look at it this way... spend money for a program or use that money to get a DVD burner and then instead of 25 CD's you've only got a handful of DVD's
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Partition Magic 8 = Teh best for repartitioning and keeping your data.

Having a boot partition and a data partition (with windows) really is the way to go. I have a 20 gig Win XP partition and ONLY windows lives there. All other programs, games, basically anything that needs to go in the Program Files directory lives on the Data partition (D:\\ in my case). Since I have done this, I have needed to reinstall windows twice for various reasons. Once i had a power outage that hosed my NTFS.sys file, that was cool. And the other time something went awry with my webcam driver that caused endless BSODs. But having the seperate boot partition really saved a lot of time because the format time is much less (I always reformat for a clean install) and you only lose your windows data instead of ALL your data.
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I don't mean to hijack the thread, When installing Win XP home/Pro can you partition the HDD from the install?

Can someone explain in steps please?
Thanks, and sorry to cause any inconvenience by hijacking.
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i would strongly suggest using the powerquest partition magic and partition the drive from windows itself, then u can transfer the files and later format the C and install xp into that...i have done that many times and feel its loads more better instead of burning cds...

as for boris, u really should start ur own thread but anyhow heres ur answer..
u can partition from XP installer....

when it asks u to install the program into following drive, read carefully the instruction and then choose create new partition, format the partition to ntfs and proceed from there....if u want more detailed info open ur own thread and will explain better....
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