I've decided to reinstall my OS since I got my new video card (I like starting fresh) and it was past due. I wanted to organize my HDD a little better this time as each time I reinstall my OS, my files become unorganized.
I decided I was going to split my HDD into partitions. One for my OS, and only my OS, and another for my programs/games. Can anyone shed some light on this? I only ask because I ran across a thread that had two different answers. Would this put extra stress on my HDD?
You can use the Windows Disk Management. As for me, I use GParted (Linux based), much easier when you got a fresh hard drive out of the box but it suites in any situations. Partitioning and formatting won't stress your drives.
Extra stress? No.
But partitioning is not really needed anymore. It used to be a good idea when drive space was really expensive.
Partitioning a drive is useful if you have one and only one drive. If you ever have to reinstall the OS, your data partition is not affected. But if the actual drive dies, all is lost.
And with reinstalling the OS, your programs and applications need to be reinstalled anyway.
A much better solution is a whole other rive, to contain your documents/music/images/etc. OS and programs live on one, the other stuff lives elsewhere.
And of course, a good reliable backup of your critical stuff is recommended. A second copy on another drive. Or other PC.