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Better way to format HD and install OS???

By fretman
Nov 24, 2004
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  1. This is what I normally do. I reformat my harddrive and then install my OS. However, is it better to install the OS on a separate partition. What are the pros and cons of doing so. If I do it on separate partitions, would my HD be recognized as C and D in Explorer? What happens when I install a program? How would the installation be split up between both partitions? Thanks.
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I think it is better to split up your programs, OS, page file, and data on different partitions. You will simply create your different partitions and install Windows to the C drive, make sure you make it about 4 or 5 gig, just to be safe. Then you can install all of your applications and such to your D drive, games to E, and data to F, or something similar. This way if Windows goes down you still have your data at least, you won't be able to use all of the programs, but some will still work when you reinstall windows to the C drive.
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    poertner you couldnt of said it better :haha:
  4. fretman

    fretman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks for the replies folks.
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