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Bernie Crowley
04 Jun 2019

I have a second hard drive that I partitioned just to see if I could do it, but I don't see any advantage to doing so. I take an image file every two weeks on an external drive.

Posted by:

Mike
04 Jun 2019

What about fragmentation?
Surely if everything is in one partition then the whole drive becomes fragmented and slows the whole thing down, also takes a lot longer to de-fragment.

Posted by:

BAW30s
04 Jun 2019

I am a little apprehensive about not being fullin accord with Bob, especially as I know Leo Notenboom fully agrees with him!
Nevertheless, I am with those who believe in using two physical drives, one for the system and one for the data. This is faster than a single drive (unless SSD) as both can be accessed simultaneously; furthermore, in the event of a system failure requiring a reformat the data remains intact. I use a Rollback program to protect the system drive in the event of problems, but I don't wish it to be continually backing up my data, so I would separate the two even if I only had one physical drive.
I also have a swap drive positioned at the beginning of the D drive, which I am told speeds access, but wouldn't bother if my C drive were SSD.

Posted by:

bb
04 Jun 2019

Miger: You ask why, here's why: SSDs are great, but relatively small and expensive. HDDs are huge and cheap, but relatively slow. Current modern computers will have both a SSD and a HDD.

Windows and all program go on the SSD (the C: drive) as usual. User data will go on the HDD (the D: drive). As Mike in Colorado notes, Windows has the ability to redirect the user folders to other locations than the C drive - and if done, the user seldom even notices it. Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc. all reside on the huge HDD and Windows and Program run from the fast SSD. Win-Win!

(The newest SSDs don't even look like HDDs - they look more like RAM sticks in a dedicated motherboard slot than a big boxy block. That's both smaller and faster, another win-win.

Posted by:

David
04 Jun 2019

On my 2011 W7 desktop I have 3 physical drives:
C=200gb SSD;
D=500gb HD (data, emails etc);
E=1tb HD(backups).
I also have a 500gb external HD which I do not use as frequently as I should for off-site backups...

Posted by:

Geo
05 Jun 2019

Back in the day, when I fooled around with partitions, I placed Win10 & Win7 on separate partitions. Win10 got hungry one day and ate it's older sibling....good ol' partitions ;}

Posted by:

Hill
05 Jun 2019

Seems like some commenters are getting confused between partitioning one drive, and having more than one drive.

Posted by:

Bruce Fraser
08 Jun 2019

Miger wrote "Few actually provide a valid reason WHY they still do it!"
Here's why I partition my computer's single hard drive. Backups/images are stored on an external hard drive.
1) I put Windows and programs on C:, and data on D:.
2) Why D: on a separate partition? I regularly backup the D partition: it's small and fast.
3) Why C: on a separate partition? I make an image of the C: partition once a month, or after significant additions or changes to the software. If the system has a issue I can't resolve, I can restore it to a perfectly working system in twenty minutes. And I don't lose any data by reformatting the C: partition.

Posted by:

Adrian
17 Jun 2019

I agree with several of the comments.

I have a 498 MB SSD as a primary C: drive where Windows and all software are installed. I have a 750 GB conventional HDD as a secondary drive where I store all data files. I don't use the Win library folders like My Pictures and My Documents for anything except temporary junk. So, if I have a failure or corruption on C:, I'll just re-install or revert to a previous configuration. Data on D: is mostly cloned in the cloud, so now I care less and less if my laptop gets stolen or has catastrophic HDD failure.

In the past, I would always partition my single physical hard drive to match the two physical drives I have described above. If I ever have a new PC with a big enough single SSD, I'll probably still partition it into C and D drives as described. I don't want to wade through the stupid Windows named folders/libraries on C: - I know exactly where I put my stuff on D:

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