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    Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic questions regarding partitions.

    I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.



    1. What are the advantages of having partitions?

    2. What is the best setup?

    3. Is the free offer nay good?

    Randy

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    Brink Guest

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    Hello Roraniel,

    Creating partitions on a single hard drive basically allows the created
    partitions to behave as if they were separate hard drives instead of
    one. This can be handy for dual booting multiple operating systems, or
    using the other partition for storage or backups other than on the C:
    partition with Vista incase Vista messes up. Vista comes with a Disk
    Management feature that allows you to create partitions. This tutorial
    will help show you how to if needed.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/95...partition.html

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    roraniel;884804 Wrote:
    > Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    > questions regarding partitions.
    >
    > I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >
    > 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?
    >
    > 2. What is the best setup?
    >
    > 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >
    > Randy
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    On Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:03:02 +0530, roraniel
    <roraniel.3irzmn@winvistaclub.com> wrote:

    >
    >Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    >questions regarding partitions.
    >
    >I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >
    >1. What are the advantages of having partitions?
    >
    >2. What is the best setup?
    >
    >3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >
    >Randy

    Well, there is no definitive answer to that question.
    Some say NEVER -- they sow things down
    I, probably in a minority, like partitions.
    I set up several. Internet software in one, e.g.,
    Office Apps in another, Utilities and the like in one.
    Images and Image Apps; etc etc
    If it slows things, I haven't noticed it!

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    Roraniel

    One benefit of a partitioned hard drive is that you can keep all the basics
    such as Windows, program files, applications and such in C drive, and the
    second drive can be used to keep the data you yourself create. This means
    that if (when?) you have so many glitches in the system, which happens to
    many of us, and you then decide you want to "wipe" the drive, you only have
    to wipe the C drive, leaving the second drive intact. Many computers,
    certainly all laptops, have a recovery disk enabling you wipe the whole
    drive, or you can select just to re-create the C drive, leaving the second
    drive intact. Mind you, I always back up any new data to an external hard
    drive on a daily basis. This includes a (paid for) application to back up
    Outlook.

    "roraniel" wrote:

    >
    > Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    > questions regarding partitions.
    >
    > I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >
    > 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?
    >
    > 2. What is the best setup?
    >
    > 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >
    > Randy
    >
    >
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    "Tonyo UK" <TonyoUK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > Roraniel
    >
    > One benefit of a partitioned hard drive is that you can keep all the
    > basics
    > such as Windows, program files, applications and such in C drive, and the
    > second drive can be used to keep the data you yourself create. This means
    > that if (when?) you have so many glitches in the system, which happens to
    > many of us, and you then decide you want to "wipe" the drive, you only
    > have
    > to wipe the C drive, leaving the second drive intact.



    The only problem with that point of view is that the value of leaving the
    second drive intact is only there if you don't have a backup of what's on
    it. And in my view, having a backup on external media is *far* more
    important, and valuable, than having the data on a second partition.

    There can be good reasons for having a second partition, but in my view,
    this is not one of them.


    > Many computers,
    > certainly all laptops, have a recovery disk enabling you wipe the whole
    > drive, or you can select just to re-create the C drive, leaving the second
    > drive intact. Mind you, I always back up any new data to an external hard
    > drive on a daily basis.


    Good! Then where do you see the value of also separating it on a second
    partition?


    > This includes a (paid for) application to back up
    > Outlook.
    >
    > "roraniel" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    >> questions regarding partitions.
    >>
    >> I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >>
    >> 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?
    >>
    >> 2. What is the best setup?
    >>
    >> 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >>
    >> Randy
    >>
    >>
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    >> View this thread: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26197
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    "roraniel" <roraniel.3irzmn@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    > questions regarding partitions.
    >
    > I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >
    > 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?



    First, understand what a partition is, and realize that you *must* have a
    least one partition to be able to use the job. To partition is a drive is to
    create at least one partition (normally called C on it.

    So I assume that what you meant to ask is "What are the advantages of having
    more than one partition?"

    For more information to help you decide how to partition/organize your
    drive, read this article I recently wrote: "Understanding Disk Partitioning"
    at http://www.computorcompanion.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=326



    > 2. What is the best setup?
    >
    > 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >
    > Randy
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    Thanks Ken, good article!!

    I take away from this discussion that unless I have a specific need for additional partitions there is no real advantage AND there is no real Vista performance or integrity advantage either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Blake View Post
    "roraniel" <roraniel.3irzmn@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple basic
    > questions regarding partitions.
    >
    > I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >
    > 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?



    First, understand what a partition is, and realize that you *must* have a
    least one partition to be able to use the job. To partition is a drive is to
    create at least one partition (normally called C on it.

    So I assume that what you meant to ask is "What are the advantages of having
    more than one partition?"

    For more information to help you decide how to partition/organize your
    drive, read this article I recently wrote: "Understanding Disk Partitioning"
    at Understanding Disk Partitioning



    > 2. What is the best setup?
    >
    > 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >
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    "roraniel" <roraniel.3ithrj@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
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    > Thanks Ken, good article!!



    You're welcome. Glad you liked it.

    > I take away from this discussion that unless I have a specific need for
    > additional partitions there is no real advantage



    To me there are basically two situations in which two partitions are a
    benefit:

    1. Multi-booting two operating systems.

    2.A backup procedure that backs up data only, since that lets you back up
    the entire data partition.


    > AND there is no real
    > Vista performance or integrity advantage either.



    None at all. In fact, there's a (very slight) performance advantage to
    having only one partition, since it puts everything closer together on the
    drive, thereby reducing the distance the heads have to travel between files,
    and therefore the time it takes to move between files.



    > Ken Blake;122019 Wrote:
    >> "roraniel" <roraniel.3irzmn@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
    >> news:roraniel.3irzmn@winvistaclub.com...
    >> >
    >> > Seeing the free partition manager linl promts me to ask a couple

    >> basic
    >> > questions regarding partitions.
    >> >
    >> > I have never messed around with partitioning so I am a novice.
    >> >
    >> > 1. What are the advantages of having partitions?

    >>
    >>
    >> First, understand what a partition is, and realize that you *must* have
    >> a
    >> least one partition to be able to use the job. To partition is a drive
    >> is to
    >> create at least one partition (normally called C on it.
    >>
    >> So I assume that what you meant to ask is "What are the advantages of
    >> having
    >> more than one partition?"
    >>
    >> For more information to help you decide how to partition/organize your
    >> drive, read this article I recently wrote: "Understanding Disk
    >> Partitioning"
    >> at 'Understanding Disk Partitioning'
    >> (http://www.computorcompanion.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=326)
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> > 2. What is the best setup?
    >> >
    >> > 3. Is the free offer nay good?
    >> >
    >> > Randy
    >> >
    >> >
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