I have Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and three internal hard drives, how should I set up my partions/ drives? My goal is to maximize performance.
I have the following, with the SATA II being my most recent drive at 1 year old, and the other ranging from 3-5 years old.
Seagate 1TB SATA II
Western Digital 200 GB SATA
Maxtor 250GB ATA
Windows Peformance Index gave my 1TB drive a 6.1 for performance. I also have an external 250GB ATA (I think its a Western Digital) hard drive for storing backup files and transferring files between computers.
Here is what my computer will be used for:
1. Computer Games (Empire Total War, World In Conflict, Battlefield 2, Oblivion, etc.). Need reasonable space for current and future games as they are gettign larger all the time.
2. I have a Hauppauge TV card and occasionally make recordings. (Should the TV program be put on its own partition?) (What about recordings?)
3. Music/ Video Files (iTunes downloads/ music cd's) and all the video files I record with my TV card.
Windows has the my documents folder for pictures, world documents, videos and music, but should I leave those empty and just store it on a seperate drive?
Would iTunes see a performance difference if its installed on drive C:, but all the music is on drive D:?
I generally have been using the smaller 2 drives for storage of video files and my tv card program.
4. I have photo shop installed, but don't use it that often. I also have a program for editing the video files I record.
5. Here is how my system is set up at the moment
C: OS/ pictures/ music/ non gaming programs/ data files
D: Games and some video files
E: filled wiht video files all on one partition
F: The software for my tv card, tv recordings and other video files.