Well, Ive allready got into it when arguing about whether cluster
size matters so I dont want to deal with that here. Do an internet
search on partition size/cluster size and if it matters to you then
follow what is outlined. BTW, im not sure if this even matters when
using an NTFS file system, you can research that as well.
In terms of partition size, I would use words like "practical" over
"good" or "bad", but...........
Like I mentioned before, if you have a "single" drive as "1" partition
it takes forever to defrag the drive because of it being the boot
drive and much more care is needed in moving files around versus
data files. Defragging a data drive only, the process is relatively
quick even on a partition 3 times the size of the boot drive.
Another reason to have more than one partition is to have your
programs/audio/video files on a seperate partition so as not to
have to worry about anything when reformatting/reinstalling your
OS. What I mean by programs is those nifty freeware programs
youve been collecting for years etc. I have 3 or 4 Gigs of freeware
alone that rest on my data partition. All my cd's(audio files i've
burned to my pc) is on my audio partition. I have a seperate
partition for all my dvd's ive ripped to my pc.
If your pc is not a "Wherehouse" for your CDs or videos and you
only have a few of each then none of this matters but if you have
a "collection" then the "arrangement" or "partitions" of your pc's
hard drives becomes relevant-IMO. So...........
Finally, there are 2 things happening simultaneously with the advent
of larger/cheaper hard drives and cd/dvd burners. It is becoming
increasingly more efficient to use hard drives for storage over cd/dvd.
Do you want 300 cd's or 60 dvd's or ONE hard drive lying around
with your collection of goods on it. It is much easier and more reliable
to setup a chain of a few drives or have a "hot-swappable" setup for
storing your lifes work/love. This doesnt mean you dont need cd/dvd
anymore, and the "hard drive as storage" is a drive that may not
always be on ie: hot swappable or removed until needed so as to
protect the data. External hard drives dont have to come on when
the pc boots so as to prolong its life.
Thats my story and Im stickin' to it........