How big a partition for....

  MaxUpload 20:25 07 Apr 2007

...a clean install of xp home?

The hard drive is 60 gig - what size partition would you suggest for a clean install of XP Home?


  rawprawn 20:33 07 Apr 2007

Why do you want to partition your HD? if you only have 60 gig I would leave it alone unless you have a special reason.

  MaxUpload 20:37 07 Apr 2007

Thanks rawprawn :

It,s just that speaking to a friend of mine he suggested partitioning the HDD to install windows on a primary partition and use the secondary partition for data etc.

Would you not agree?

  postie24 20:44 07 Apr 2007

If you do partition,i would have thought 10 gig would be sufficient

  jimv7 20:44 07 Apr 2007

Use a second hard drive for data storage, cheap enough now, about £26 for an 80gb.

  MaxUpload 20:45 07 Apr 2007

Thanks for that postie24.

  bremner 20:46 07 Apr 2007


Sensible backup procedure for your data is all you need.

Remember that if a drive fails all of it fails. There is no real point in partitioning. Reinstalling an O/S is almost as quick as reinstalling an image of a partition.

  woodchip 20:48 07 Apr 2007

If I was you, yes I would Partition. I do it with all my drives, exept the last one I fitted in a XP desktop that I have connected to a 32ins LCD TV. That drive is a Seagate 250gb

  woodchip 20:49 07 Apr 2007

I fitted it as a Slave for Photos and Videos Plus Sound Recordings

  MaxUpload 20:50 07 Apr 2007

Thanks jimv7 :

I already have a 250gig external HDD carrying all the data I need to back-up.

This machine is a laptop which will be used primarily for college work and the internet with all it's associated downloading - plus transferring data/pics/music etc. back and forth to the external storage.

The consensus at present seems to be to leave the HDD as it is!

  woodchip 20:51 07 Apr 2007

I would set the operating system as a 20Gb partition

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