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    I downloaded partition magic 8 earlier today, and have already made two logical partitions, each 9GB, on my 80GB Seagate 7200rpm hdd.
    my question is really in the title - is it bad for my hard drive to add more partitions?
    will it do any damage to the disc if i add another partition or two?

    in case anyone needs this to diagnose my problem, i'm using windows xp (ntfs file system). i have an athlon 2700+ with 512MB ram.

    thanks for any replies or advice


    whoopsy, got the title slightly wrong...

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    I think I am gonna flame ya for the title, got nuthun better to do

    Yeah, I tried the partitioning thing, but found that Partition Magic was a pain in the a**. I figure that multibooting a disk was, can I say, unnatural?

    My opinion here; with the price of HDDs as cheap as they are today, the whole sketchy multiboot kinda confuses me more than it is worth the hassle...

    I know I am not really answering your question, lol, 2nd gen; if I were you I would buy a cheap HDD for whatever your purpose...

    What do you wanna do anyway? Install Longhorn? Create a partition for the page file? Let us know.

    Your buddy

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    Originally posted by adamp2p@23 June 2003 - 04:32
    I think I am gonna flame ya for the title, got nuthun better to do
    carry on...though i blame the mistake on flood control.....even when the board isn't busy...erm...

    (footsteps recede into distance, car door opens, closes, engine revs and tyres screech)


  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Originally posted by adamp2p@23 June 2003 - 04:32
    I think I am gonna flame ya for the title, got nuthun better to do

    Yeah, I tried the partitioning thing, but found that Partition Magic was a pain in the a**. I figure that multibooting a disk was, can I say, unnatural?

    My opinion here; with the price of HDDs as cheap as they are today, the whole sketchy multiboot kinda confuses me more than it is worth the hassle...

    I know I am not really answering your question, lol, 2nd gen; if I were you I would buy a cheap HDD for whatever your purpose...

    What do you wanna do anyway? Install Longhorn? Create a partition for the page file? Let us know.

    Your buddy
    i forgot to add in why i wanted to do it. sorry.

    the reason i'm adding more partitions (correct spelling (woohoo )) is simply so that i can move my music and videos from my c drive to other partitions.
    i'm only doing this to cut down the time it takes to scan my c drive for viruses or to defragment it.
    when i had 50 gig on my c drive, it was taking about 2 hours to scan with norton corp and about an hour or so to defrag with perfectdisk or speeddisk.

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    Partitioning you harddisk in no way damages it. Go ahead, make the partitions you need to manage your data and your system the way you like.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    I have never heard of that, funny...the only time I have ever heard of creating multiple partitions on a single disk would be to, like I said, run another OS or create one for page file (which I always thought sounded kinda dumb because using the same disk for page file would actually make a single disk do double work to go report to different partitions simultaneously...when it makes more sense to get another disk altogether so the read write head of a HDD could be devoted to ONLY page file...)

    So that is interesting. I never thought of doing that. Are you saying that a virus could not spread to another partition? I think that it could.

    I personally think that the effort required to partition is vastly more costly than buying a new disk altogether...just my opinion buddy

    Sorry for repeating mee self m8

    Explain the advantages. I am interested...

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    Originally posted by Somebody1234@23 June 2003 - 04:53
    Partitioning you harddisk in no way damages it. Go ahead, make the partitions you need to manage your data and your system the way you like.
    ok, thanks a lot.
    nice to have a little peace of mind when messing about with hardware

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
    Originally posted by adamp2p@23 June 2003 - 04:59
    I have never heard of that, funny...the only time I have ever heard of creating multiple partitions on a single disk would be to, like I said, run another OS or create one for page file (which I always thought sounded kinda dumb because using the same disk for page file would actually make a single disk do double work to go report to different partitions simultaneously...when it makes more sense to get another disk altogether so the read write head of a HDD could be devoted to ONLY page file...)

    So that is interesting. I never thought of doing that. Are you saying that a virus could not spread to another partition? I think that it could.

    I personally think that the effort required to partition is vastly more costly than buying a new disk altogether...just my opinion buddy

    Sorry for repeating mee self m8

    Explain the advantages. I am interested...
    well, basically the time taken currently to defrag or virus scan my computer is prohibitively long (as i said in last post).

    my logic was going along the lines that if i could remove most of my media from my c drive and only leave essential programs and some games, i could get the times back down to something reasonable (approx 20 mins or so).

    i know that it's possible for a virus to migrate to another partition, however, if i only want to scan one partition (of approx 10-15 gig), then the time taken should be much less than scanning the whole thing at once. also, i can still scan the other partitions (obviously), but the time taken to scan/defrag a 9 gig partition should be very low.

    a second thought while i'm writing this was that maybe the disc performance of a smaller partition would be higher than a large partition, however, i have no basis for that at all.

    might go back to pc pitstop and see.

    also, on buying a new disc, i think i'm gonna buy another 80 or 120 gig drive when i get broadband, but that's dependent on the funds (being a student, i'm rather tight )

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    You can have as many partitions on one disk as you have room for or as long as the total system partitions don't exeed the alphabet ( a to z ) It's not much more than a set of folders managed a bit more tightly by the system itself. There are some limitations on the number and format of primary and logical partitions depending on the OS's you install. Smaller partitions mean faster defrags and less OS resources used to manage unused files or archives.

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    To add to the "why do it" it is also a really good way to keep track of how much you are storing...when you get to the point of being full, you can just look and see, at a glance, that you have 50GB of porn movies (cos they're on P and that, maybe you could delete some to free up space, instead of adding a new drive.
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