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3 Hard drives...will windows be faster on it's OWN hard drive?

Would windows work faster on it's own hard drive, and then put all programs on a second, and store all files on a third, or won't it make any difference?

Thanks!
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CrazyOneCommented:
It will make a difference but how much is the question.
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CrazyOneCommented:
I mean you may not find the increase in performance that you hoped for.
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DexstarCommented:
croozin:

> Would windows work faster on it's own hard drive, and then put all programs
> on a second, and store all files on a third, or won't it make any difference?

For best results, put your OS files on one, your pagefile on another, and your program files on a 3rd.  That's how you'll get a big performance increase.

Hope that helps,
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QuetzalCommented:
You will get the fastest performance by using a striped volume (RAID 0) albeit at the expense of higher exposure to data loss in the event of a single disk failure.  A striped volume cannot hold the system or boot partition of a Windows 2000-based system, so you could put the system and boot partitions on one disk and create a striped volume with the other two.
 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303184

You can get many of the benefit of a striped volume and redundancy using striping with parity (RAID 5) and the loss of a single disk will not cause you to lose any data.  However it takes a minimum of 3 drives to make a RAID 5 parition, so you would need a 4th drive for the system and boot partitions.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303237
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QuetzalCommented:
I disagree with Dexstar slightly.  I would:

1. put OS files on one drive
2. put applications on second drive
3. put data files on third drive
4. split the pagefile over all three drives.

The idea is to get your system using as many physical drives during any given operation.
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QuetzalCommented:
Last but not least, buy a RAID-5 card and attach your hard drives to it.  You get the speed advantages of striped volumes, the redundancy of RAID-5, and the conenience of organizing your hard drive space anyway you want (one giant parition or several).
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DexstarCommented:
Quetzal: After hearing your idea, I like it better.  Split the pagefile over 3 drives... I like that.

Of course, you accomplish the same thing with RAID, but with lots of extra convenience, so yeah, go with RAID if you can, otherwise do like Quetzal said.

Dex*
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croozinAuthor Commented:
Dexstar and Quetzal,

After reading Dexstars response first the other day, I investigated "page files".  I spent lengthy time, but came across this site... http://www.theeldergeek.com/sizing_the_page_file.htm (as I didn't know what a page file was a first).

I did find that Quetzal was completely correct, but not until after researching due to Dexstars suggestion.  I appreciate everyone's help, as I have sucessfully solved my problem, and although it doesn't seem huge, I notice a difference.  In the end, next time I'll buy more RAM first, and then upgrade my hard drive space. :)

Thanks to all!
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