best HD partition size for XP

  Newuser2 17:13 15 Dec 2007

What would be the best partition sizes for a 120Gb HD.
I need to do a complete reinstall of XP as its gone a bit haywire. So I'm sort of starting from scratch.
I have a 60Gb external HD for backup.
Once XP is up and running would it be best to partition the backup HD or not.

  Sheik Yerbouti 17:19 15 Dec 2007

Which disk do you want to partition, the internal 120 or external 60. ?

  woodchip 17:20 15 Dec 2007
  SANTOS7 17:22 15 Dec 2007

I personnally would put your external IN your PC as master with your O/S on it then use the 120gig as a slave for backups and other stuff....

  Diemmess 18:13 15 Dec 2007

I'm with SANTOS7.

I know some forum members consider partitioning the first HD is a waste of time.

I disagree, although if this HD fails mechanically then everything and all partitions on that HD are lost.

I like to keep my C: drive fairly lean, because it means a relatively small drive to backup against system failure, and therefore makes restoration simpler and much faster.

So I would restrict the OS bearing drive to no more than 15 Gb and have another drive on that HD for all sorts of data and downloads.

The big disk on the USB drive carries whatever you want, System backups and all other downloade and generated data. No need to partition the external drive, just make sure you have clearly named folders fo each category you save.

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