How many partions of the hard drive should I partition?

Question

I removed window Me from my computer and installed XP instead. Now i am gong to have a new 40 Gb hard disk as the existing one has crashed. How many partions of the hard drive should be made to have the best performance. What is the criteria for deciding the number of partitions?

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Answer

This question was answered on March 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Normally when creating partitions you have to take a look at what you are using your computer for

One factor I look at is will I be saving a lot of files to my hard drive.

If so I usually create two partitions ...one will be where the operating system will reside (this si normally called the system drive) and one where if I have to save dowloaded files or important documents, I can place them in that partition.

The reason I suggest to partition your hard drive this way is because lets say I keep all my files in one partition and one day my system crashes all my files will lost All the important files that I took time to create or download will be lost.

But if I keep the files in a seperate partition I can recover them once I reinstall my operating system and programs in my crashed system drive The partition that I saved my files at didn't crash just the system partition, so that mean my files can be recovered.

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Posted by Felix of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 7, 2003