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January 23, 2011 5:20:31 AM

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as i said before, i am reinstalling windows 7, when im in the screen where you delete format or create new partition, all those options are grayed out, except for the format button on my C partition and the hidden windows7 partition
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hi all, first post here
not sure if this is in the right section, sorry if it isnt
i have always been wondering why to partition or why not (i dont know exactly which one i perfer)
today, i reinstalled windows 7 , so i decided to actually look it up
i have two hard drives, so i can have one for data and one for os+programs, if im going for no partition route
or, i can do the same, but make c:/ os+driver+anti virus only and D:/ games only and E:/ programs only and F (second hard drive) all the data, and backups)
i had been reading, but still not sure, some say that too much stuff in c drive can slow down boot up/normal uses or something, and some people say theres no point to seperate programs since formating c will resault in all programs not usable.
personally, i think it is prettier and more organize to have them partitioned, but is there really any advantage or disadvantage of partitioning? how do you sort your files?
thx for reading all that, any reply would be helpful, since i m leaving my other computer on the partition setup screen right now, doing notthing but wasting energy ):

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a b $ Windows 7
January 23, 2011 5:28:05 AM

Hello RoronoaDSanji;
Your topic probably belongs in the Storage section of the forums.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 23, 2011 5:29:27 AM

Personally, I only partition a HDD to add a different OS to a multi-boot setup.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 23, 2011 5:34:09 AM

I can't stand giant partitions. As you said partitioning so you can organize things is probably the best reason. Another I do is so I can perform system tasks better/faster. Have you ever ran defrag? Backup? AV scan? Sometimes you only want to do those on just a part of your system, why have it scan the entire 1.5TB drive? If my music folder hasn't had any/many changes, why include it when I perform my next backup/defrag? It will only increase the amount of time needed to do the task.
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January 23, 2011 5:59:38 AM

thx, next time i will think harder about where i post my topic , but anyways,
4745454b, i totally agree with what you said, but i never thought of that before.
but i have read somewhere that partitioning will slow down copying a file and possibly damage the pin thing inside that harddrive since it has to move back and forth so fast.
so right now, i couldnt decide which one i should use. also, for virus scan, cant you choose specificly which folder to scan? also, for some reason, windows always said that defragmentation is not needed when i run it, even after like 2 years of daily uses.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 23, 2011 6:13:34 AM

Partitioning shouldn't matter. Whether the drive heads need to go to another partition or not, they still travel the same distance. And while you can point an AV scan to only certain folders, its a lot easier to just point to a drive. Whether its a scan, backup or ???

Actually I never defrag. Doesn't seem to cause me problems. Steam complains about it every now and then, but it runs its tool and I'm good to go again.
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January 23, 2011 6:21:38 AM

okay lol, thats good, so now i guess i will leave it as a big partition, only because i dont want to change my install location everytime i install something. also, as you said, you can narrow down to folders when scanning, backing up.
i dont know, maybe im just a lazy a**hole
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January 23, 2011 6:38:39 AM

okay, now i got a new problem :(  semi related to this, so i will posted it in here,

as i said before, i am reinstalling windows 7, when im in the screen where you delete format or create new partition, all those options are grayed out, except for the format button on my C partition and the hidden windows7 partition
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a b $ Windows 7
January 23, 2011 7:54:18 AM

Whats supposed to be on C:? If your only option is to format, windows is seeing it as an unformatted drive. If you think something should be on it, double check with a linux live disk.
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January 23, 2011 5:17:02 PM

Here's why: inner tracks have less data, because
READ/WRITE heads strive to maintain the same
or similar recording density from outermost to
innermost tracks:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/io.tests/platter.tran...


Thus, the amount of raw data stored on any given track is
directly proportional to its circumference (PI x diameter).


And, PMR also permits tracks to be closer together,
like rings on a tree stump during slow growth years.


MRFS
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