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I have a WD 250 Gb dive. It's partitions are approximately 30GB (OS), 120GB (programs), 100GB (File storage). Is it a good idea to install the OS and the programs on different partitions? If I need to reinstall the OS, will the programs still work or will the programs have installed files (.dll, drivers, etc) on the OS partition even though I selected a different partition and need to be reinstalled anyway? I know you don't know what I have installed but generally speaking would it happen? Thanks.
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More than likely you would have to reinstall some stuff. Best thing is to get a second small hdd and use it for windows only....then install all other programs on the big drive. Then if you have to reinstall windows...the other files will be intact on the second drive.
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But if he reinstalls windows... won't the old registry, with all the installed programs info, be lost ?
I agree with Busa that you would have to reinstall some stuff. Just not sure if the ones you don't reinstall will work flawlessly or will end up creating problems.
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OK So if I separate the OS and programs onto different drives rather than partitions I should be all set. The programs should fully install on the drive that they are on leaving them intact and not needing a reinstall if I have to reinstall the OS. I am asking this because I used to keep everything on one large drive and had to reinstall everything (OS and progs) because the comp gets a bit tempermental these days. I am just trying to save some time and I hate having to reinstall everything. I need to make this comp last for a while longer (as painlessly as possible LOL) until I have enough saved for a new AMD build.

I would like to have as much storage as possible on this comp and avoid sacrificing one of the larger drives for a smaller one. What do you think of this option?

1. Keep OS on the 30GB partition of the 250GB drive
2. Move (reinstall) the programs onto the 120GB drive
3. Store files and movies on the other two partitions on the OS drive. In case I need to reinstall the OS, I can do it without formatting the whole drive and just reinstall on the OS partition. That way the files on the other partitions of that drive will not need anything that was on the OS partition to run.
4. Keep all my games running off the SATA drive

Thanks again.
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Good point about the registry. I could back up the registry when I install a new program and then restore it after the reinstall of the OS. It sounds like a hassle but it is easier than reinstalling all the programs. I could shedule a registry backup daily to be on the safe side and restore that. What would I need to backup, the system state? Would I be better off just going in and manually exporting the registry to a file? Looks like whatever configuration that I end up with the key will be restoring the system registry and setting to its previous state.
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