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I have 2 HDD, an 80 Gig and a 160 Gig, neither have partitions. I use my XP system for working on digital imags in Photoshop and other programs as well as converting old vinyl LPs to wav files. I’m seeking recommendations for a partition strategy as I’ll be getting a new PC soon. Thank you in advance.
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I would recommend an OS partition of 20GB and 140GB for the rest.  The 80GB drive I would use as a backup disk for system images and copies of things that are critical or hard to replace.  The 20GB system size should make periodic backups and restores easy enough to handle on a regular basis.
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Where should I place scratch disk, temp files etc as they fragment more often? Should I separate programs and applications from OS partition?
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You can put the temp directory on the 140GB drive, but I would keep the virtual disk on the OS disk so that a restore is totally in sync.  The problem with separating programs and applications from the OS is that they store things in the registry and the default behavior of most installations is to install on the OS drive, so you would have to choose a different location from the default for every install.  I would keep it simple and put them on the OS drive.
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To avoid having to modify the default install location everytime you add a new program, get TweakUI for XP.  You can make the changes yourself in the registry, but this will give you a nice user interface for easy mods.
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Thanks to all. I've completed my HD configurations successfully and all the comments were a great help.
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