I wondered what the latest thinking on partitioning a hard disk is when installing or re-installing Windows. Is is still worth doing? I assuming a big hard disk, 120Gbyte or more.
A friend suggesting having a 20Gbyte partition for Windows and programmes (Office, photo editor, games, etc), the rest in another partition. This makes re-installing Windows possible without messing up most user data. The second partition can be split into 'logical' partitions comprising 4.7Gbyte for user data (eg Word processor files), 4.7Gbyte for photos, and the rest for videos (if doing video editing). He suggested 4.7Gbyte for user data and photos since this will fit nicely on a DVD when doing a backup.
What do you think of his idea? Any alternative suggestions?
A separate partition just for your operating system (C:/) was the best thing my son did for me the last time I re-installed Windows 98SE. Now, with the aid of a program like 'Acronis True Image' I can re-install my C;/ backup in under 10 minutes.
If you have lots of programs to re-install, plus all your original installation CDs; Motherboard drivers, Modem drivers, Sound driver, Monitor driver, ISP settings, etc etc, all these take ages. Not to mention loads of little tweaks and settings you've added from time to time.
When something suddenly goes wonky, or if you want to reverse things to how they were - you can't beat a backed-up partition.
When you load a program, be it on any partition, the program writes the registry and sometimes load files onto the C:\drive. so if you restore windows C:\drive the programs will not work. That's why the best way is, by all means partition your hard drive, but make a image of C:\drive with ghost or Acronis True Image, when the computer it working just as you want it and before you accumulate rubbish by installing and removing programs to try out. You can then at any time restore the Image to put it back just as when you created it. But without the rubbish.