your computers structure???

do you have you os and all of your programs and things on the same partition or do most people seperate the two?

any advantages or disadvantages

if i was to do this and have a 40 gig hd what would be the best way to split it up?

cool. thanks

My hard drive is divided into 4 partitions:

C. OS and Programs - Self-explanitory.

D. My Documents - I use TweakUI to map My Documents to point to this drive.

E. Web Sites - I design/mantain a shitload of Web sites that, with Photoshop and Fireworks developments files, take up a lot of space.

F. Staging - This is basically an area where I keep stuff that's eventually going to be used elsewhere, such as downloads.


  1. Easy organization.

  2. C remains somewhat static. Not a lot of changes going on. D-F are constantly changing. This allows me to easily reformat D-F and use a clean-up utility to keep them running faster.

That's about it. it's worked great so far. I'm on my 2nd computer that I've done this way, and I'm very happy with it.

Something to consider: If I used My Desktop as a place to temporarily store stuff, like downloads, I'd probably map it to its own drive letter too, and use TweakUI to point it there.

I'm sure there are better, more sophisticated strategies, but so far these baby steps have worked fine for me.

My computer is a fucking mess. I have so many hard drives and I am a data packrat.

C: 160 GB IDE - Television shows + alternate bootable OS

D: 200 GB IDE - Movies

E: RAID 0 Set #1 Logical Partition #1 10 GB SATA - Boot drive

F: DVD burner


H: RAID 0 Set #1 Logical Partition #2 310 GB SATA - Program files and backup storage

I: RAID 0 Set #2 148 GB SATA (10k RPM) - Mostly empty space. These are my fastest drives, so I use this as a workspace for video and audio encoding.

K-Q: Flash drives and memory card reader

R-T: Mapped network drives

Well, there's not much structure to it, but I know where everything is.

I like having an alternate copy of XP. I haven't had to use it, but if my main XP ever crashes, I can just boot into the other one without immediately having to reinstall.

Main drive 80 GB "MCP" OS 9/X Panther, standard apps, and apps requiring OS (60 GB free). Slave drive 200 GB "Bubba" for apps, doc, images, video, and sound backups (119 GB free). Secondary IDE 200 GB "Gumby" for raw DV files (stuff from video camera), 30 GB free. Slave drive 200 GB "Pokey" for video rendering, doc, and sound backup (160 GB free). All of these four EIDE drives are internal. The nice thing is they're cheaper and faster than external drives. More room for DV rendering is good. Backing up files (important docs, mp3's) is good too. I have ID's, tax records, statements, and paystubs as PDF forms on CD ROM in my work locker (just in case my apartment burns down). I realy ought to just keep them in my Yahoo briefcase or something.

If you have really important stuff, try to keep it off site. Burn what you can on CD rom's or DVD's. If you can keep them on a server like a Yahoo briefcase account that is cool too. I've used Partition Magic 7 to cut up my drives but it's really much simpler to have a seperate hard drive or to back up on media. If you want to have "light and fast" user account on Win 2000 I guess you can have an account strictly for certain software. Like maybe you can have a web browsing account, a Photoshop account, a Dreamweaver account, etc. This way if one of the apps goes funny you can just wipe that account and not be bothered with reinstalling everything. Windows in general really slows down with many software riding on it.

dogbowl is right about the offsite storage. Believe it or not, I have 14 gmail accounts for that very reason.

I just got enough room to actually organize, so I'm going to do so soon :P

I like to partition into 1.44MB - hehe

No partitions. RAID 0 on 2x250GB (1/2 Terabyte) SATA drives for the OS/apps, and two backup data drives. Keep the swap file on a disk separate from the boot and sytem partitions. Also use a DVD burner for backups. Can't afford to lose any of that precious porn.

I like keeping windows in its own partition ... you tend to minimise fragmentation there by doing that, especially if you map My Documents to another partition.

Why not just run defrag occasionally?

Well one should, but it's always nice not having to do it as often, especially if you have a huge partition to deal with.

For my home computer:

3 Physical drives, all IDE, 7200RPM

C: WinXP (OS and applications. My Docs are redirected to D:)

D: Data files

E: Backup hard drive

I have this script set to run every night at 4:00 A.M.

xcopy D:*.* E:\backupD*.* /d /r /h /e /c /k /y /Exclude:C:\nobackup.txt