By ursul
May 21, 2008
  1. How many partition do you have and how many do you recomend?
    What size?
    What if you dont have enough letter for all the drives?
    I have like this: A: Floppy disk
    C, D, E ,F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N on the first drive (500GB), they all have like 40Gb
    P, Q, R, S on the second HDD (250 GB)
    1 dvd drive T:
    1 image drive O:
    Than if i plug a memory stik and one card reader i run of lettes
    I have 2 partition for linux too :D
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    On a home system (without dual booting, ie this is not for you!)
    Have only 1 Partition

    These extra Partitions for data or music or whatever, aren't justified!

    There are those that will argue this, but one Windows one partition, (lots of Folders!)
  3. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Posts: 81

    home system

    I have two hard drives one is 120G and the other is 80G(I really dont see the need for a 500G drive right now both IDE) I have three partitions, One is for all of my music I did this so I can share my entire drive on my home network and listen to my music anywhere in the house without turning it all the way up, the second partition is of course My O.S and the last partition was vista (I did have a dual boot ) but I have grown to realize that XP works better for me and what I need it for so I formatted it and now its a blank partition but it is still there.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    There's that debate on partitioning as to why and what data goes where.

    Personally, for backup reasons, I've tended to use Three
    1. first for the os itself
    2. second for shrink wrapped programs (ie downloads and purchased software)
    3. last for user data

    The OS can then be replace easily and the programs always can be reinstalled,
    leaving the User Data as the precious stuff that needs rigorous backups.
    (oops, don't forget that goofy registry on the boot partition).

    So WHY do you have so many partitions? How do you use theme?
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    anyone who uses the whole alphabet in drive letters ought to have their ***** removed!
    That's just plain crazy. you must have a lot of time on your hands, lol.

    I used to have 2 partitions in windows, one for the os and one for files and 3rd party installs. But it became a ball-ache so i only ever use one partition now.

    Ursul, why on earth do you need all those partitions? If you're just working in windows, wouldn't mapped drives be a better method for you?
  6. ursul

    ursul TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I use like this:
    c: For windows and all the neccesary programs: like mother board, sound, networking, and athors like this

    and for example: E: for instaled programs
    F: for games
    g: for picture (i have like 10 Gb of picture, taken by me)
    h: Antoher files
    i: Download
    j: DVD ROM
    L: Image DVD (I dont like to hear the sound of dvd when i play a game)
    M: My files...
    N: My mother's document
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    try thinking like this:
    J:\ and L:\ will stay as they are Devices (one correct use of a drive letter)

    Each user has a private login and that places their data at
    \Documents and Settings\*Unique-Login*\ *here
    This then removes need for M:\ and N:\
    You can create Folders for all users at

    \Documents and Settings\Allusers\Shared Documents\ *here*
    which handles G:\Pictures and H:\OtherFiles
    If you want Private & OtherFiles, they just go inside the appropriate
    \Documents and Settings\*Unique-Login*\

    Games and Downloads could go as root level folders OR back into the
    Shared Documents.

    Conclusion: You get a minimum of
    C:\ the os
    D:\ dvd
    E:\ dvd rom​
    and life gets simple again :)
  8. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    one partition or hard drive will keep everything safe and put the OP sys. on the first smaller along with the drivers for the MB, and everything will be safe.
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