I am preparing to put together my first system. My question concerns partitioning. I haven't made a final decision yet, but the structure is going to be something like this:
Drive C: OS
Drive F: Swap File
Drive G: Programs
Drive H: Games
Drive I: Backup
As you can see, letters D & E have been left out because I want the CDROM and CDRW to have these letters. I will be using PartitionMagic. How do I assign D & E to these devices? I don't create partitions for these devices do I? Let me know what you think. Thanks, Adventureman
256 Mushkin PC133
(2) 40 GB IBM GXP in RAID 0
ASUS GeForce MX2
Nope, no "secret" program. But I <i>do</i> go to a lot of different places, partly for fun, partly for research, and also to collect information needed to troubleshoot various systems. At last count, I've got 860 bookmarks, in twenty folders ... so I can locate a site fairly quickly. You just never know when something will come in handy. ;-)
Affirmative on PartitionMagic Ease of use. This is my first home build, so still feeling my way thru. Ok, now time for the stupid questions: whats wrong with Sony CDROM's?? And you said get a decent PSU for my system, what is it?? Thanks Toejam for the advise.
Over the years, I've run into reoccurring problems with Sony and Creative optical devices. If a CD-ROM goes down, it's more likely to be one of these brands that I'll have to RMA for the customer than any other. I feel the same way about Hewlett-Packard scanners and Antec power supplies. Any kind of device that has a tendency to fail within a year of the initial purchase I end up calling disposable-ware, and Sony CD-ROM's fall into this category, IMHO.
Opinions may vary, but that's been my experience. Of course, I <i>could</i> have just seen a lot of lemons ...
I like Teac, TDK, Toshiba, LG Electronics, Hi-Val, Pioneer, Ricoh, and SCSI Plextor CD-ROM drives, myself ... to name a few. I consider Creative drives to be at the very bottom of the list for reliability.
My preferences ... PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, Leadman "POWMAX", and Sparkle. I think that these brands are the best available. For your system, if I was building it, I'd install a 400 watt unit or better. That would give you a certain amount of "overhead", as a PSU functions best when operating at no more than 70% of it's total running capacity. This would also allow you to add devices in the future without worry.
If you are going to be running RAID, the last thing you want is to be dealing with is an overstressed PSU.
I'd also recommend that you buy a PSU with dual-fans to help cool your AMD system. Your PC will thank you. ;-)
P.S. Oh, and by the way ... no, you don't create partitions on your hard drive so that optical devices can be assigned a drive letter.