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2TB seagate barracuda partitioning

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April 29, 2013 7:02:45 AM

hi im presently using two HDDs of 500 GB and 160GB capacities. 500GB is divided into four volumes c,d,e and f where as the 160GB is divided into 4 volumes h,i.j and k. now i need more storage and bought a 2TB seagate barracuda 7200rpm drive. i want to mostly use it as a storage medium only and its very unlikely that im gonna install any programs on to this drive. one of my friend told me that its better to leave the 2TB drives as one big storage than partitioning it to different volumes. my idea was to divide into 3 volumes of 500GB and 2 volumes of 250GB so that i can install OS into one of those 200GB volumes in future when i upgrade my system. i asked him about the problem with clusters but he said that as the NTFS uses only 4K, it wont waste any space to cluster if i leave its as a single 2TB storage hence no need to partition it to different volumes.

so what you guys suggest, should i leave it as a one big 2TB storage or divide it into different volumes. is there any chance of space being wasted due to cluster if i leave it as single 2TB medium. is it safe to use free partition tool such as EaseUS partition manager to partition the drive to different volumes. will my partitions remain intact if i happen to uninstall the program completely after partition. it will also be very useful if you could suggest a link that includes guides to partition the disk into different volumes in windows itself.

thanks in advance
a b G Storage
April 29, 2013 8:24:27 AM

Use one partition. Makes life much simpler. If you load windows on it, disconnect all other drives until you finish installing. Good luck.
April 29, 2013 9:20:17 AM

thanks for the reply,

my windows is installed on a 500gb drive which is functioning well. so im not planning to install windows on 2tb. if i install windows on it and i had to format and reinstall windows for some reason then i may lose all data as i dont have any money to purchase a backup drive at the moment. will i waste more space on disk due to cluster if i use 2tb as a single partition. im thinking of buying a ssd for boot drive when its price drops in a couple of years time. isnt it a good idea from my precarious financial situation.

zdbc13 said:
Use one partition. Makes life much simpler. If you load windows on it, disconnect all other drives until you finish installing. Good luck.


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a b G Storage
April 29, 2013 9:47:26 AM
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It's probably more efficient to use 1 partition (but may be no difference). It's just the ease of use that I like. Use folders to organize your data. SSDs are great for a boot drive. The price has been going down and it will probably continue. I'll bet the cost of materials for an ssd is very low with the low price of flash. I'm sure it's a high profit item for the manufacturers.
April 29, 2013 10:22:04 AM

thanks for sparing your valuable time.
zdbc13 said:
It's probably more efficient to use 1 partition (but may be no difference). It's just the ease of use that I like. Use folders to organize your data. SSDs are great for a boot drive. The price has been going down and it will probably continue. I'll bet the cost of materials for an ssd is very low with the low price of flash. I'm sure it's a high profit item for the manufacturers.


a b G Storage
April 29, 2013 3:20:17 PM

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