how big is your OS partition?

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    welp, i may have to reinstall my os on my pc. grr....

    anyway, this time i'm gonna do what i shoulda done the first time - create a separate partition for my os.

    question is, how big should i make it? i have an 80g right now and am running xp home.

    thx!
     
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    None of us can answer that, you silly person.

    This depends entirely on how much software you plan on installing since just about everything defaults to C:Program Files. (Yes, you can change the default installation path for the most part but it's still annoying to do that.)

    My 60 GB drive has 20 for C: and 40 for D:, but that's all that I need for my C:. You might need more; you might need less. None of us can answer that for you.
     
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    Yes, it varies from person to person. Personally I have 18 on C:, 30 on D:, 30 on E. The only thing I can recommend is to make sure your OS partition is not too small. nothing is worse than seeing that little pop-up telling you that your are running out of space on your primary partition.
     
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    My C: is 4gb. That's for Windows XP, Office XP, various sound and graphics packages plus all the usual anti-virus and utility software. No games though. I've still got about 1.8gb free.
     
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    I don't even bother partitioning anymore. I have 2 120GB drives and on C: I have XP Pro installed as well as all my games/programs. D is used for music/videos and everything else like install files. I have partitioned in the past, but really didn't see any advantage in it for my needs. I have a separate Linux box so there is no need for partitions for other OSs.
     
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    I have my 80gb drive done 10/70. That way I can just blow away my 1rst partition if I want to re-install..and I don't have to worry about losing any data (all stored on different partition/drive).
     
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    ahh...i get it. i guess what i was really asking was what is the minimum size i should go for?

    yeah, i think 10-15g should be plenty....i'm not like a huge software collector.

    another question (of course). how does it work when i partition out the os drive? since programs usually install .dll files, etc in the os directory, if i blow out the os, do i effectively hose the application?

    thx as always!
     
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    For XP I would make it anywhere between 5-10GB then partition the rest of the HDD any way you want. The basic install of XP is about 2GB with SP1A and all Windows Updates. So at a minimum of 5GB that should be plenty of room for other programs, like Office, Antivirus, internet cache, and such, without worring about running out of disk space. With that setup, just install all games and other programs that are large installs on other partitions.
     
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    ohhhh...thanks john...i think a candle just lit in my head.

    i think i've been mis-understanding the term OS partition. that really means both the OS and the programs...correct?

    so, really i should have a fairly big partition for my os, then whatever size one i want for my data files.

    is that a more accurate statement?
     
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    Aren't we getting just a little personal in this thread? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Contrary to popular belief... partitioning seperately has MANY advantages. The biggest advantage is for making Image backups (such as with Norton Ghost).

    If you have one huge partition, good luck trying to make an image... however, if you keep your OS on a seperate partition, imaging is incredibly easy and space-efficient.

    My setup is as follows:
    2 80 GB Hard Drives

    HD 1:
    C: 20 GB NTFS (Operating System only)
    F: 60 GB NTFS (Applications only - equivalent of Program Files)

    HD 2:
    G: 15 GB FAT 32 (Used for machine images)
    H: 65 GB NTFS (Used for all other data)
     
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    There's a lot of good information here that applies to me, but I am still a bit confused...

    I'm installing an 80GB drive soon. If I devote, say, 10GB to the OS (which, I understand, would include applications but not data files), and the other 70GB to my data (ex: Word docs, audio files, photos, saved games data), then...

    ...looking at a box from a typical game that requires 1.5GB hard drive space...

    ...won't a handful of installed games eat up that 10GB pretty quickly?

    Or am I misunderstanding something?

    Jon
     
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