What's the best way to partition a new hard drive? Thinking of creating a partition for OS XP, dual boot OS for Windows 7, a partition for My Documents and Programmes, a partition for Internet Browsing. Does this make sense, sure I have read it somewhere but can't find the article? What's a suitable Partition Manager, preferably a freebie?
Your browser is just another of the programs that you be using and as such it should be with the OS and other programs. It's a bit pointless having your applications on another partition as they are all connected to the OS through the registry, if you have to re-install the OS then the applications won't work unless they are re-installed. It is best to install OS and applications and then use imageing software like Acronis to back it up ready for a quick re-load if necessary, then use other partitions for data.
If the applications are installed on a separate partition then their specific settings can be retained after a re installation of the OS. For example games will store your progress etc and whilst you have to re install the game you will retain high scores etc.