Radified Partitioning Strategies....

By Phantasm66
Sep 9, 2002
  1. I just finished reading this great article on partitioning strategies here:

    I recommend that everyone read it, it had a really good number of points, tricks and tips and makes some fairly good recommendations as to a sensible partitioning structure.

  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Nice, but they should be customized to one's HDD space. They were talking about 80-120gB drives, while I only have a 10 and a 20gB.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Then you won't see as dramatic of an increase in performance with 'perfect' partitioning. So its not as vital to do on 'smaller' drives.
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I already have a pretty good partioning strategy right now, just curious as to why they didn't incorporate tips for both large and small drives :rolleyes:
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    more hard drive space and more hard drives requires a more logical and sensible partitioning scheme. the quoted article gives some useful tips, but anyone with any questions should post them here....
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Do I have a Radified partitioning strategy?

    Just got through with reading the guide for the 2nd time...

    Here's mine:
    first 10GB: Unformatted, soon for Linux. (/boot, swap, /usr, /var...)
    next 8GB: C: Windows boot drive, related utilities (FAT32)
    next 2GB: D: swap (Windows - FAT32)
    next 20GB: E: MP3's and misc junk(FAT32)
    next 20GB: F: Windows games (FAT32)
    next 30GB: More room for Linux (/home)
    last 30GB: Unformatted, room to grow :cool:

    Well, what do you think? :D
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I am making this "Sticky" because partitioning schemes seem to be asked about quite a bit and I think it will help a lot of people. If I'm wrong, it can always be "unstuck"
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    i'm flattered.

    actually, no one ever asked any good questions and they should feel free to do so. there are lots of possbilities in sensibly partitioning your drives.
  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I've actually refered to this thread a few times when answering questions about partition schemes, though I always had a hard time trying to find it.
    I think everyone should give that a good read, especially those who have single partition 120GB drives and such.
  11. HoopaJoop

    HoopaJoop TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Are you using windows 98, ME? Do you need your linux install to be able to see your windows partitions? Otherwise I would think NTFS is a better filesystem for your those partitions. It's more stable, and MUCH more secure...well as secure as Windows can be anyway.

    You may have some problems with older games an apps. If real-mode drivers, and thunking are involved you may want to stick with a FAT32.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Well he posted that over 2 years before your response. So I think that he probably doesn't have that same setup anymore. :)

    I think if you are going to run a dual or more boot with OSes that have troubles with NTFS then I think you are insane to make any partition NTFS other than the one that hosts the OS that likes to use it. Why limit yourself to what you can read and write to on your own computer? But anyway thats a new thread in itself.
  13. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

  14. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    new to partitioning

    ok, i am confused, i am running XP Pro, i have a 2.5g celeron processor, 512m ddr sdram - pc 2700, a WD 40g & WD 80g, the 80g is for media and back up. the 40g has my programs and os and some media. i am wanting to know how to partition without having to redo everything, or is it better to start from sratch. i want to separate the 80 into 1-40 and 2-20 partitions. on the 40 i want 1 at 10g for the os and not sure what i should do for the rest, pagefile, data programs or how much to each one. i want to get my pc to work faster and i thought partitioning would help. i have read MANY threads and forums, but the more i read the more i get confused. Sorry too much info.. i can't process it.

  15. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    how much is on each drive currently? b/c wut u culd do is put the 40gig on the 80gig, then partition the 40gig, then move the 40 back, then copy the 80gig to the 40, then partition that, then move the stuff back onto the 80
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    If I were you, I'd do your 80 like you suggested (just cause you probably have a reason for thinking thats how you wanted it).
    As for your 40 gig, I'd do this:
    10 Gig Windows
    1.5 Gig Swap (put your pagefile here once windows is installed)
    10-30 Gig Programs/Games (depending on how many you have)
    Rest Other (this is where you store just temporary stuff, or to handle any overflow from other partitions).
  17. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    I could move data from 40 to 80, but not the other way. i have over 10,000 songs on the 80. I guess my real problem is how do i partition the 80 to 3 partitions, i will just wipe the 40 and start over there, any sugestions about what to set the pagefile at and what to set the OS for sure... don't want to waste space, or have it sitting there if i can use it later. i have never set up partitions before. i saw it in a thread while i was looking for something else.

    This is the post-

    (Well, I'd be doing something about the HDD, sounds like there may be a problem there. If you are having performance slowdowns and hearing funny noises coming from it, that is a good sign to check it out.

    I'm not sure what kinds of diagnostic tools WD offers, if any but you might want to find something that will run a low level scan and repair. First thing you need to do though is check the cables on the HDD, also check the ribbon cable where it connects to the mobo. You might also want to think about defragging less. Partition your HDD so that you can reduce the area that becomes fragmented. Something like this
    C: OS and Apps
    D: Pagefile
    E: Games
    F: Music/Movies
    G: Data
    Or something similar. This will keep the partitions that don't change often from becoming fragmented as often and if you set the pagefile to the size of the partition, it will never become fragged.

    i'm just a beginner, trying to improve what i have... can't afford to up-grade, and don't feel i need to except to have more ram.

    Thanks for the help.

    I'll reinstall windows when i figure out what to set the partitions at. seems to be the best way, at least for the 40g

  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    So are you asking how to partition the 80 without starting from scratch? For that you'll need a program like Partition Magic. But I wouldn't recommend doing any partition creating/resizing with that unless you have your data backed up in some form.

    You can get away with the Windows partition really small, Soul Harvester has a thread on getting XP down to less than 400 megs. But I'd recommend you make it at least 6 gigs, its bad when you run out of space on your C drive. For your swap partition, just make it a few megs bigger (10 or so) than 1.5x your RAM. Then set your pagefile to 1.5x your RAM for both its minium and maximum size, and tell it to be on the swap partition.
    I normally keep Programs installed to a different partition than Windows, but if you don't do that you are going to want to make your C partition much larger than 6 gigs if you have very many programs you need installed.
  19. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    i just got done re-installing OS and i set its part: 5.66g, so i was But i have a new problem.. of course.. i got my norton to install on my part: for programs, but firefox won't. it says there is a read error. "Error ocurred during installation - Firefox Browser: -215 READ_ONLY" I also downloaded Mozilla, it installed, but won't connect to the internet, says the connection was refused.

    Any ideas Please???

    And i will check out the program Partition Magic..thanks

    :eek: Bipolar
  20. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    well, i had a ? here.. but i figured it out before anyone looked at it and went DUH!! lol :rolleyes:
  21. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    By choice I have the swap file on a different physical disc to the system partition. Partition Magic is a very reliable program. Even so I would echo SNGX and say back up before using it.
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Ah, you are right. I don't know how I typed 2 posts on it and didn't catch that. I do infact on both computers I own that have multiple hard disks, have the swap partition on a drive other than the OS drive. Good Catch IronDuke.
  23. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    I must say I was surprised that you didn't do this. I thought it a fairly common practice amongst experienced users.
  24. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    well, since i can't afford Partition Magic and i was in the process of dumping all the music i don't listen to anymore. i should be able to move the files i have left, off of the 80G. Between my wifes and my kids pcs. I should have enough space. :knock: kind of slow setting in that i could do that, I have us all on a network. Thanks to mebers here that taught me how to network!!!

    that said and will be done, how to i repartition the drive? without a program i have to buy. is there a command i can run? or something?
  25. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    i remember someone saying to put my pagefile on my other drive, then i read i should put it in its own partition on the main one.

    :eek: Bipolar
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