I currently have (2) 320GB drives in a raid 1 array, (Partition C: for my OS (xp pro) and programs and Partition D: for data. My third and forth drive are set up in a raid 1 partitioned as above and used solely for back up storage. I use Acronis and Genie back up manager Pro.
I’m about six months into my new system and it has a few quirks (a lot of hang Apps and slow initial start of windows). The system seems fairly stable now but I have done a lot of add/remove programs over time. (Programs and utilities that didn’t like each other) I have a "Basic Image of Partition C" that I restore when things get sluggish, and it work well except for outlook. After I restore my C: partition with acronis I update and patch than go to my outlook backup which is done daily using Genie back up manger and bring the outlook image current. When I open outlook all my folders, email accounts are duplicated (1 old image folder and 1 new up to date folder from Genie restore) instead of just updating the original folder. (Any advice on this would be appreciated)
I'm about to upgrade to office 2007 and I was going do a XP clean install and build a new "Basic image" of all the programs I like and use now. To ease in future restores I was thinking of the following:
Partition C: OS / programs
Partition D: data
Partition E: Outlook
This way I can restore OS/programs when they get quirky and leave Data and outlook alone. Will I have to install all of office 2007 on E: or can I separate just outlook? Are there cons to having things spread out on different partitions? Or is there a better solution all together?
Thanks in advance for all your Expert advice.
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