What's the best way to go about it? I have a 500 gig hard drive with XP installed and since I've built a new computer I'm getting Vista 64 Enterprise edition. Right now the hard drive is split into 50 gig and 450 gig partitions and this works fine for now. When I reformat to install vista though, I've read you want at least 40 gigs for the OS? I guess I should resize to have an 85 or 100 gig partition to run the OS on. Is Partiton Magic the best way to go?
Regarding size: Offical Vista requirement website says 40GB harddrive as requirement, but only 15GB of empty space (how do you install an OS on anything but empty space?). 40GB seems to me (unless you install a ton of applications), just fine. I don't think Vista or XP handle a different "Program Files" partition well with some default application installs, but you might know more about that than me. If you aren't running into size problems with the 450GB, it probably won't matter which way you do it. Unless you have a OEM (1 time install) Vista, it probably would be better to go on the safe side and make Vista partition bigger, since that would be safer to resize and fix if something went wrong when there's more data on the disk.
Partition Magic is about $70, and that money is better spent backing up your data with an external HD, which you can get for around $70 if you don't already back up your data.
As long as you don't resize over anything but empty (unused and unfragmented) space, nothing should go wrong.
My disclaimer: I don't really know what I'm talking about, but I like to try and help.
Personally i would just installed Vista on the 40gb partition and see how you go. No need to stuff around with partitions then find you didnt need too. Worst comes to worst you can move pagefile and temp locations to the larger partition later even if you do find your running out of space on the 40gb
February 16, 2009 2:12:08 AM
i guess that would be the easier way to go. what's the worst than can happen, i'd have to re size the partition after installation? i think i'll do that. thanks!!!