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Newb Question - Probably answered many times - Partitioning

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January 17, 2006 2:44:13 AM

Ok so as I see myself as a not half bad person in learning and knowing about Computers I have 100% failed to ever comprehend Partitioning Hard Drives so if you could all please enlighten me. Ok so Im going to create a little scale before i let you go in deph and kill me with Partitioning

Am I a Noob 1- 10, I say 6

How Important Is Partitioning 1 -10, I don't know

Can my 250GB Sata HD survive without Partitions, yes or no

are non Partition HD's prone to more viruses / attacks, yes or no, explain

Are people that have not Partitioned more seseptible to PC crashes, bugs, viruses etc. yes or no, explain

I read an article in PC World Magazine talking about Partitioning and how I should like 6 partitions, one for bootup, one for my documents, one for my videos and pictues, one for my games and so on.

Now from what I think I know about partitioning the bigger HD you have the more Partitioning you should do or you should have partitioned.... Like I said I no nothing about Partitioining.

I have been told before and yes Iv'e read all over that yes Partitioning is good, fragmentations = less and it's good and blah blah but Iv'e had a 160 GB and I have a 250GB right now and they have never been partitioned and havne't had any problems

so let me ramble off some of the pro's that Iv'e heard and u can fill in the blanks, less fragmentations, easier storage, less prone to hd crashes, safer, less seseptible to viruses, etc.

THANK YOU for taking the time to read my whole huge ass thread and Thank You for any information you can tell me to enlighten me about partitioning.
January 17, 2006 3:54:35 AM

I highly recommend partitioning. Make 1 for Windows and put only
Windows, drivers, and their updates on it. I do 20Gb but that's overkill.
Partition up the rest of the drive(s) as you see fit.

As for viruses, it can come in handy in the worst case situation. If you
ever got a nasty virus or trogan that can't be cleared up, you can simply
blow out the Windows partition and reinstall it. Everything on the other
partitions would still be there. Virus scan those to make sure they're clean,
then reinstall all your programs over the old ones to reconnect it to the new
'fresh' copy of Windows.
January 17, 2006 11:31:53 AM

Partitioning is mainly done to keep things organized.

Personally I always create a small (10-20Gb) partition for the operating system and assign the C: drive to it - the windows install will do this for you. I then create a 2nd partition for all the remaining free space and call it D: drive.

Try to only install operating system stuff to the C: drive and install games, personal data etc. to the D: drive. Keeps things nice and tidy.

I use Norton ghost to take an image of my C: drive (once I am happy with my install - i.e. latest drivers, office installed, email set up, antivirus installed ....) and copy this image to the D: drive.

If your windows installation gets screwed up then you simply boot of the Norton Ghost CD and restore your image file from D: back to C:. Voila ! a working windows installation in 5 minutes :) 

I find that creating too many partitions starts getting messy and you will inevitably need to change their sizes after a while (when one fills up and the others go unused). Partition Magic is a good tool.
January 17, 2006 12:45:38 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_%28computing%29 should explain this better than I can :-)

A primary master PATA IDE HDD dedicated to Linux may look like this:

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fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 125 1004031 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 126 250 1004062+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda3 251 25174 200202030 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 25175 30401 41985877+ 83 Linux
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A primary master PATA IDE HDD configured for Linux and windows may look like this:

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fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 125 1004031 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 126 250 1004062+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda3 251 25174 200202030 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 25175 30401 41985877+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
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