Reformat and partition

  exdragon 08:18 22 May 2011

Hi - when my last pc was put together (not by me, I hasten to add) the C drive wasn't partitioned, but just had the OS and programs on.

At last the day has come for me to reformat, so my question is, should I have a partition for the OS (XP, by the way) or is there any advantage one way or the other?

Stand by for, 'Help - what have I done and how do I stop it?' questions, please! Although I do have Crossbow7's excellent guide to hand.

  mgmcc 08:30 22 May 2011

When your PC was built, its drive was partitioned with a single partition, allocated the drive letter C, formatted and then had Windows installed in it. All of this would have been done automatically during the Windows installation. A hard drive cannot be used if it hasn't been partitioned first.

What I think you're now asking is whether you should have separate partitions for the Windows installation and for your data. The advantage of this is that, if you needed to clean install Windows again, your data in the separate partition (with its own drive letter) remains intact.

  exdragon 09:05 22 May 2011

Thank you - I'll go for it and see what happens. After another stiff coffee...

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