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I have a new 500GB laptop HDD that I'm about to install but what is the best way to partition it in to 2x 250GB~ partitions? Should I do it on my desktop first or do it when I install Windows 7 on my laptop or even after Windows 7 is installed on my laptop?
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if you plan on putting in a laptop and installing 7. just pop in the disk and partition it there. I would do like 100gb for the boot partition and then the rest for storage.
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if you plan on putting in a laptop and installing 7. just pop in the disk and partition it there. I would do like 100gb for the boot partition and then the rest for storage.
Thanks. I wasn't sure if I could set up partitions in the Windows 7 install menu.

And you think 100GB for C and 400GB for D is the best way?
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Yep, just put the install disk in and you can edit the partitioning there.
if it was me i would go with 100/400. Or something like 65gb for boot and then the rest would be storage and programs. The only reason i said 100 was because I like to install programs on the C drive that have to be resintalled when i reinstall windows, so they don't clog up my storage drive.
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The general idea is about 15% of the drive ( short stroked ).
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