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hey guys, i have a 1TB HDD that im totally reformatting and I'm wondering about whether or not i should partition it. I've heard making a small partition to install the OS on can save some time and hassle if you get a bad virus, but im worried that if i dont give it enough space enough files will sneak their way onto that partition that itll fill up and cause me a ton of problems (my friend had a 40GB segment and since his itunes would automatically save songs on the C partition even though he put itunes on the D partition, he couldnt get any more music through itunes) so my question is, is partitioning worth it? if so, how much room should i give the OS partition, and is there any way to stop files from going to that partition?
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    I'd use a minimum of 40gb-50gb. For stuff like photos, music, and videos, and programs that don't let you choose an install folder, you can always move them to another drive if needed and make a symlink to the new folder, assuming you are using win7 or possibly vista.

    http://www.windows7home.net/how-to-create-symbolic-link-in-windows-7/

    Also, most programs allow you to choose an install folder. Just put your itunes and steam (if you have it) on a different drive.
  2. ok cool, i didnt even think of a symlink on windows 7, the only time they ever come to mind for me is in unix haha, thanks for the feedback
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