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Use a partition or slower HDD for OS?

Last response: in Systems
April 6, 2010 2:33:33 PM

I have two HDDs for my HTPC.

Maxtor 7200rpm 80 GB 1.5Gbps
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 3 Gbps

Am I better off making an OS Partition and a Data partition on the Samsung and running off that soley? Or should I leave the Samsung for data and install the OS on the Maxtor. I'm looking for optimal HTPC performance.

Long term (in a year or so) I'm planning to put a SSD in for OS to cut boot time.

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April 6, 2010 4:10:25 PM

Use the Samsung. The old Maxtor is going to extremely slow. I also wouldn't bother with a partition.
April 6, 2010 4:20:08 PM

I agree on using the Samsung, but there is a benefit to partitioning.

You could create an OS partition and a data partition (and even a paging partition and various others if you want to get crazy). Having a separate OS partition would allow you to wipe it if it gets infected or you feel like rebuilding or whatever, without losing any of your other data.
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