Partitioning 120 GB HDD Win XP

  Simon_P 10:51 20 Oct 2003

Win XP Home
Athalon XP 2800

Is there a recommended partition size for a 120 GB HDD.
What I want is manageable partitions, I was thinking.

C partition 20G for OS etc
And then 2 or three partitions for programs/digital storage.

Opinions please

Thank you


  [email protected] 11:15 20 Oct 2003

whatever size you want
but beware partition magic 8 does not like XP
what I had to do was back to basic using maxtor floppy & CD format & partition to the sizes I prefer then do a complete reinstall of all my programs
A considerable use of my time but their is no easy way As I said partition magic 8 did not work for me
what it did was lock up half way through so I reduced the number pf programs butit still did the same
Even when having just XP to manage
I have gone for 15007 per partition leaving me with 4 spare partitions from total of 80G Most of the C: drive is programs 9G total programs

  leo49 11:21 20 Oct 2003

Partition Magic 7 and 8 work perfectly with XP.

If it didn't work for you, the reason doesn't lie with PM.

  pj123 11:24 20 Oct 2003

Try the free Disk Manager Ranish from click here. Supposed to work with XP.

  Simon_P 13:29 20 Oct 2003

I am using a Diomondmax 9 HDD and maxiblast. New drive clean install.

I have not used partition magic and know that maxiblast is ok with XP from passed experience.

I have never used a disk this size, so just thought it best to get advice.

Thank you all again

  stlucia 13:39 20 Oct 2003

In my view, 20Gb is fine for your operating system and programs. The rest depends on what categories of data you're going to store. The biggest users of HDD space are video and photos, especially if you store them in uncompressed format. Then you might want another partition for music, and another for data.
If you're doing video I would suggest you need at least 80Gb for that. Otherwise, do a few trials and see how big your photo, music, and other files are individually, and then figure out how many Gb you'll need for each of them. Maybe a 40-30-30 split will do the job.

  Simon_P 22:02 20 Oct 2003

Thank you

It will be mainly Photos. Tiff mainly and Jpeg.

Some programs such as word, excel and photo editing software, and 2-3 gig music.

Like you say its the photos that take the most storage space.

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