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    worldpease's Avatar always annoying
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    Im planning on formating my PC tonight,
    but for the first, I would like to make two partitions, one for OS and programs,
    and the other one for my files, downloads and stuff.
    But I would like to know what is the recomendes size for the software partition?
    I was thinking 10 Gigs would be fine, but now Im not so shure, I mean, Corel is like 3G, Office 2G, and you never know what you'll want to install later.
    Do you think 20 Gigs is ok?

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    My primary partition is 20GB. Last time I looked I had about 11GB free.

    I got rid of the MS Office crap and installed OpenOffice instead. My free space is now 14GB.
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    20GB should be fine for progs, games (if you play), swap file...
    I installed OS, some games and progs = 11GB+-

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    I have just 7.8gigs for XP which works fine. All I install there is XP, office, other small programs, and my swap file.
    Games and everythinng else is in my other partition.

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    My C: drive is 4GB. There is 2.5GB free.
    I only have a few apps in it's Program Files, most everything has been installed into E: Program Files (D: is a page file, both D and E are on a separate hard drive).
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    Yeah... i dont know why i made a 35.5GB partion, i have 23.2GB of free space. I pretty much put program files (including large ones like adobe photoshop, downloads from browser(firefox) and thats it. I put games on other patitions.. so i guess 15-20GB at most should be the ideal size of the partition, unless you plan on installing games on it, then you can make it higher.

    I think I'll start putting games on my C drive since i only install 2-3 games at once, and could make up space on my other partition. I have 448GB formatted btw. I also have a 40Gb partition when Windows vista comes along.
    Last edited by Formula1; 07-28-2006 at 12:46 AM.

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    lol at least you made a partition, im an idiot and didnt make any...

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprafreak6 View Post
    lol at least you made a partition, im an idiot and didnt make any...
    I'm sure you have at least one.

    My C: partition is 30GB.

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    When you're using XP, 15-20 GB is just fine.

    Other systems won't need as much, ie for W98SE a 2 GB partition is really more then needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprafreak6 View Post
    lol at least you made a partition, im an idiot and didnt make any...
    Use partition magic.

    First of all work out how much space is occupied by the data you want to move to a new partition.

    Shrink your existing partition to a couple of GB more than the minimum.
    ◄C▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬► Before
    ◄C▬▬▬▬▬►--------------- After

    Create a new partition at the end of the drive to hold this data temporarily. Now reboot into windows and move the data across to the temporary partition
    ◄C▬▬▬▬▬►--------------- Before
    ◄C▬▬▬▬▬►-----◄T▬▬► After

    Use partition magic again, and shrink your C partition again, then create another new partition occupying the remaining space. Boot into windows again and move the data from the temporary partition to the new partition.
    ◄C▬▬▬▬▬►-----◄T▬▬► Before
    ◄C►◄D▬▬▬▬►◄T▬▬► After

    Use partition magic again, delete the temporary partition (which should now be empty), and increase the size of the final partition to occupy the space just freed up.
    ◄C►◄D▬▬▬▬►◄T▬▬► Before
    ◄C►◄D▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬► After

    If you don't have space to do it all in one go, you can still do it but it is a little more complicated, and probably easier if you copy some of your data onto DVD.
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