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Old 12-09-09, 11:58 AM
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Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

Hi all!

Any advice on how to partition a 1TB hard drive? Where should I install programs, etc?

Just want to make it smooth and easy to clean up.

Thanks!
Old 12-09-09, 12:08 PM
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Partition Magic is one of the better programs to set that up. I'd do one section that has Windows installed with all your programs and leave the other for data that you wouldn't want to lose (music, pictures, documents...). That way you can reformat if needed and keep all your files in-tact.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

And after I get my initial core programs installed, I should make a "ghost" image, right?
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That's up to you. Since I keep any important files on the separate partition, I just use normal backups of the Windows section. I ghost image would be good if you needed to retrieve a specific file without wanting to do a complete restore from a backup.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

I'm not a big fan of large drives being partitioned partially as an OS drive.

Unless you want a huge image, you can't periodically back up your OS drive with a ghost image that will have the bootable OS on it because that requires imaging the whole drive, not just a partition. So you end up with the OS backup that you can only restore after you reinstall the OS from scratch.

If you don't mind being down while you do that, it's ok to use just a large drive. I don't want to be down that long so I use a very fast smaller drive for the OS.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

Interesting. Am I okay just using the restore tool that comes with Windows 7 then?
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

I have no idea how that works.

Also, my concerns are mostly related to the drive dying or the boot files getting screwed up (the latter of which I had happen last month). If you can boot but your OS gets messed up, then restoring only the OS partition is ok.
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I'm sure the restore function in 7 is fine. Just make sure to have a good anti-virus/malware program and hopefully you'll never need to restore.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

Right. I've been using avast! for years.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

Personally, I like using two partitions. One for OS, Applications, Docs, and any other basic programs. I use the other partition for backups, music, movies, and general file dumps.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

You need 4 Hard Drives, two Raid 0 for OS/Games, two Raid 1 for Data/Important stuff.

(Yea, I don't do this either)
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

Originally Posted by Nifty03 View Post
You need 4 Hard Drives, two Raid 0 for OS/Games, two Raid 1 for Data/Important stuff.

(Yea, I don't do this either)
I often do RAID 1 for OS (tried RAID 0 once but I didn't sleep well worrying about it), and offline backup (DVDs and copies of drives) for data drives. Remember, if you accidentally erase or otherwise corrupt something in a RAID 1 config, you lose it on both drives.
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I often do RAID 1 for OS (tried RAID 0 once but I didn't sleep well worrying about it), and offline backup (DVDs and copies of drives) for data drives. Remember, if you accidentally erase or otherwise corrupt something in a RAID 1 config, you lose it on both drives.
I didn't think about that with RAID 1, I thought it was the way to go for keeping your data safe with it being on two drives. But I guess that makes sense with deleting files it will delete the file from both drives.
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Re: Just bought a new computer. Help with initial configuration?

I really don't like the trend of 1 huge drive for the OS and everything on it either.

I prefer separate OS/programs drive (doesn't need to be huge) and a separate spindle for data, and then backing up to another drive (can be external).

Pick appropriate RAID level of your choice as necessary for each volume.

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