Also short stroking requires 2 HDDs and using Raid0, But does improve performance slightly.
Long time ago norton utilities had a defrag program that allow specifing which to place first, infact several options on ording - But then window 3.1 died out (LOL). Probably make the OS +Programs partition about 200->300 Gigs
The only way to keep the OS + programs on the outer portion of the platters is by partitioning it. And to Keep GF happy, move the My Document folder from "C" drive to "D" drive (may need to shift DVD drive leter to "E".
Some with SSDs move the my doc's folder to save space.
With windows 7, my wife liked vista winmail, so had to port that program over to windows 7.