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Old 12-12-2006, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering whether installing programs to a different partition to the Windows partition has any benefits over installing into the usual C:\Program Files\ directory. I heard that it helps Windows load faster or something, so I've been blindly following that route without really considering its validity.
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Your best bet is to keep all of windows in 1 single partition, then use your second partition for data only. This way in the event of virus's, malware, etc. you can wipe windows clean and still have all your data.
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I wouldnt advise doing this. The only time I would reccomend doing this is if there is a space issue or lack of space on C:\, There is no performance benefit. There is however a performance benefit if you move your pagefile to a differnt physical hard drive not just a seperate partition on the same drive.
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Also, with some programs, it will cause a problem if you install it somewhere other than C: ... for a while I was running a computer whose default drive was F: instead of C: and there *was* no C: on that computer. It caused untold problems.
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I'm wondering whether installing programs to a different partition to the Windows partition has any benefits over installing into the usual C:\Program Files\ directory. I heard that it helps Windows load faster or something, so I've been blindly following that route without really considering its validity.

who told you this?
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Honestly can't remember. Maybe it was actually separating Windows from files. I've always kept files on a separate partition, but program installation locations are currently split between C: and another partition.

I'm getting a new 250 GB drive, and re-installing Windows. At the moment I'm thinking of having a 20 GB partition for Windows (XP Home) and programs, 30 GB for games (I'm not that much of a gamer), and 200 GB for file storage.
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Well as long as you are comfortable with paritioning you should be fine
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well the same arm/heads read all partitions on a HDD
so if you want to do this to increase performance, put games(with large maps n-stuff) and pagefile on a different physical HDD rather than the same one as the OS
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