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Do I need to partition a big hdd?

By zwyatt
Apr 19, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I recently installed a 320GB hdd. I've got my settings updated so that my computer recognizes the full size of the drive. I'm running WinME.

    I'm wondering if I have to partition the drive in order for it to work properly?
    Or can I just leave it as one big partition and expect not to have any problems?

    Finally, if I do need to partition, are there any free programs (WinME compatible) available?

    Thanks
     
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    if you install the OS on it I would suggest a size of partition of 10 to 15gb
    for the windows the rest one big drive

    that way when it crashs you don't lose your data
     
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    This is the only (legally) free program I know off: http://www.ranish.com/part/

    It is advisable to split your HD as Samstoned suggested.
    Soon as that is done, make a full backup/take an image.
    Do that every 2-3 weeks or more often.
    If anything goes belly-up (and ME is the WORST Micro$haft junk ever, so expect it sooner rather than later) you'll have at least a recent backup.
    If you move My Documents and other user-data to the big partition, you'll lose a let less if ME flops.
     
  4. zwyatt

    zwyatt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks,

    I guess I should have been more clear. I have two hdd's. One with the OS and programs etc. The new, big drive is mainly for storage and other non-vital stuff.

    I guess it sounds like partitioning isn't necessary for proper function, if I'm not using it as my master hdd?

    Again, thanks for the replies.
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    ME is the most unstable OS that M$ ever came out with. I would upgrade to XP before doing anything else.
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,462   +229

    If you wish, you may leave the full drive as one big partition.
     
  7. zwyatt

    zwyatt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for answering the question at hand so clearly!


    WinME may be 'unstable' (and I have had plans on upgrading for awhile, when I get the chance), but I've been running ME on this computer for at least 4 years without a single problem. So, I may be one of the lucky ones, but regardless...


    Anyways, thanks for the responses.
     
  8. lukeyu

    lukeyu TS Rookie Posts: 70

  9. Coolmatt

    Coolmatt TS Rookie Posts: 141

    Listen to the saint here. In your name we pray, amen :p.
     
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