Hard Drive setup for optimum preformance.

By Blind Dragon
Nov 24, 2007
  1. Right now I only have 1 hard drive. It's 120GB so I partitioned it with

    60GB for system, boot, pagefile, active, crash dump, and set it as the primary partition.

    The other 60GB is for storage - saving music, programs, and pretty much anything I download.

    Is there a better way to set this up. When I download updates and other things it always wants to put them on the primary partition.

    I was thinking about getting a 2nd high speed drive. What would be the best setup when running 2 drives. The 2nd one will likely be fast but have a lot less room/ I was thinking of leaving 2MB of pagefile on this drive and moving the rest to the highspeed drive since it acts like memory and needs the faster drive.

    Any suggestions/tips/advice
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,054   +1,337

    the pagefile should be 2x your real ram.

    two real HDs will out perform one that has been partitioned.

    the BOOT disk must have a pagefile, but it can be smallish compared to the nonBoot PF.

    placing programs on the BOOT disk and the PF and user data on the other HD
    will give you the best thruput.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +427

    I'd put the OS on the fastest drive, put the pagefile on the first partition of the second drive.
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