Best Practices on Partitioning Hard Drives RRS feed

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  • I have read some documents on Hard Disk Partitioning best practices.  Most seem to suggest that it is wise to create a partition for data and a partition for windows and programs (among other partitions).  I have followed this advice recently.  But I do have one big question….

    Windows creates the “\documents and settings\...” folders in the \Windows folder by default. 

    These folders contain a lot of “data” (outlook file, my documents, favorites, etc.).  Is it wise to move this directory over to the data partition?  If so, does that have the potential to wreak havoc when various programs expect to find that folder in the default c: drive?

    Thanks for your time to respond to this!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:12 PM

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  • Hi,

    The best practice is keep Documents and Settings / Program Files and Windows folders in the same partition.

    Yes, Documents and Settings folder contains all users data (you may however redirect user profile to different location.

    My practice is to have one partision for System (windows) and second (when needs) for addistional data.


    Bart Kurowski IT Support Analyst, MCP, MCTS, MCITP, MCAS
    Monday, May 24, 2010 3:49 PM