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Partitioning 500 GB HDD.

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How many partitions should a 500 GB HDD have to make the best use of its efficiency?
Also, what should be the size of those paritions?

I plan to install only one OS on it.

Please give me recommendations and the reasons for it.

Thank you.
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by:nobus
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well - i usually use only 1 for myself; i don't need more partitions
you can however use more partitions :
1 for OS, and 1 for data -  but you can split it farther up, having a separate one for programs.
the separate OS partition lets you reformat and install your OS much faster (you can use an image of it to speed it up) -  without having to move and copy / recopy all data, or having to reinstall all programs
you can have a little speed gain, by using the outer cylinders of the disk (first partition for OS)
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by:skahb
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you need to establish besides the OS what else will it comprise of. you need to realise that you cannot just create on partition for the OS itself but also for the applications and profiles and take expansion into account. other partitions are easy to create and delete and move between but when resizing existing partitions with data on it there are some problems which might arise. so set up one large size partition for your OS then split the remainder into partitions to handle different mediums. for example you can have a partition just for your media (music, movies, etc) and another for just data (applications, archives, etc) and possibly another for transit which is just a quick dump and you can then resort and store accordingly afterwards.
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thank you for your replies

but what i was looking for is some answer which will make it clear how the efficiency will be affected by making more/less number of partitions
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what is your processing power and what is you memory capacity? also is this 500GB SATA or IDE? IDE is slow so the resources required from you machine to process the information fast would have to be more than what you would require for SATA. i would say that with the SATA you should split 50G for your OS and installations and remember also that your page file plays a role in system perfomance. so dont create a small partition for your OS. then split the remainder into 2 different partitions, for media and then data. this should be sufficient.
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by:the_7th_king
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config:

AMD Athlon X2 6000+ 3.0GHz
2 GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
Gigabyte motherboard

the HDD uses SATA II technology

is this sufficient information?
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by:nobus
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imho - there is no gain by partitioning
only for reinstallation
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ide or sata  has nothing to do with the question..
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