I just installed a 200GB HD and installed windows 2K with all service packs and hotfixes, and am running Acronis partitioning software. My question is what is the best way to set up drive partitions to optimize the system for speed. I have already set up partions for data and archive storage, but I am not sure about the following :
1. Should I leave the paging file in the same partition where win2K is installed ? I am aware that many articles suggest putting it in a separate partition to reduce fragmentation, but I am using diskeeper9, which keeps it defragmented, so is there any other reason to move it (speed ???)
2. Should I install programs in the Win2K partition or in a separate one ? Again, articles suggest a different one so that if windows crashes and you need to reinstall the OS and Programs, program settings will remain. This is not a problem for me because I Image the partition which takes care of that problem. My question is which arrangement produces the fastest system ?
3. Same question as above but instead of program files locations, what about user profiles ???
My thoughts are that programs install a lot of files and if they are installed on the win2k partition won't they increase the time windows needs to lookup system files in the MFT and spread out the system files, increasing read time ?
On the other hand if the hard drive head has to go back and forth between the partition does that offset the gain above ??
I hope I explained my thoughts correctly. Basically I am trying to set up the partitions and file locations so the system will run as fast as possible.
I am open to any other suggestions, please help, I need to set this up ASAP, and since there will be many programs to install I want to do it right the first time.
Thanks in advance folks.