Best way to partition hard drives
Posted on 2007-04-08
I would like to know what is the best way to partition the hard drives that i have in my system.
I run windows xp.
i have 2 sata drives, one is 2500KS (250GB) the other is 160GB samsung.
goal is to reduce fragmantaion and increase system speed and performance.
currently the 160gb is divided into two partitions one for the OS (60GB) and another for general (100GB)
the 250GB is currently being one partition.
my computer usage is as follows :
1. downloading all day (even at low speeds like 40kb/s, i always download something. max speed is around 200kb/s)
2. the most "advanced" game that i play is wc3
3. other than the above, regular office/browsing
a few things that i would like to receive your comment on are :
1. I have 1.5gb ddr memory. should i set aside a partition for page file or is it not necessary? if so - on which drive?
Should i make another partition for temporary files (internet, nero and programs like those), or use it on the pagefile partition, or neither of
2. I am thinking about creating more than one partitions for operating system - just in case the computer doesnt work its a great recovery console.
3. I need a partition for windows server 2003 as i am learning for the exams : 70-291 and the ISA server exam. the question is on which drive.
4. creating a partition at the begining of the drive matters anything ? -i would like to know the most efficient list of creating the partitions so the HD head won't have to spin more than necessary.
5. due to my never stopping downloading, there must be a drive for downloads only which due to extraction of large files and then deleting them is going to make massive fragmantation. any comments will be appreciated.
6. Is adding an IDE drive (which i have none) going to make a difference? it is doable.
I have been really into fragmantation and partitions and have read many advices and tips but they contradict themselves,
and they don't give a reason satisfactory enough for me.
The more you can explain the reasoning (theory is very welcome in this subject for me) behind your opinion = the more i learn = the more points for that ;)