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Another question about hard drive partitions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by The Pontificator, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000
    When ordering a Dell computer (laptop) one of the configuration options is a partitioned hard drive (or none).

    What are the relative pros and cons of this? Is there any real need?
  2. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Partitions allow you to organize and safe guard your data allowing for faster backups and in some cases increasing your systems performance. The main reason people prefer a drive with multiple partitions is because having a separate system partition that contains only your OS and programs/software allows you to recover the system should it crash without losing all of your data.

  3. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    set up right, it can enhance stability and give you a 'back door' to work on spyware or virus infestations.
  4. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000
    Here are the three options. Which is preferable?

    Custom Hard Drive Partition, 40GB Primary, Remainder Secondary [add $10]

    Custom Hard Drive Partition, 60GB Primary, Remainder Secondary [add $10]

    Custom Factory Partition, 50 percentage Primary / 50 percentage Secondary [add $10]
  5. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    How big is the hard drive? What is the OS?
  6. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000

    OS is XP

    HD size is...I haven't decided. Either 160 or 250GB

    I'm considering a Dell Vostro 1400 or 1500
  7. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    I’d get the largest hard drive I could afford … a 40 GB partition is more than enough disk space for Windows XP and all of your programs.
  8. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I think it's worth the $10 to get the partition.

    Just get the 40, I think you would have a hard time filling that up.

    Just use the second (larger) partition to store anything you don't want to loose.

    It even gives you the ability to run 2 OS's if you are so inclined. :dunno:

    So far I haven't heard any bad reviews of the Vostro's. I just got a 1500 for a coworker for $570 (C2D, 2gig, 160gig, DVDrw, Blootooth) :cool:
  9. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    I'd recommend a single partition

    If you’re formatting in NTFS, there is no security advantage to multiple partitions. And any backup application that can target a single partition also can target a single branch of your directory tree.

    Using multiple partitions needlessly distributes your data over more real estate, necessitates included empty space, and prevents your files being stored contiguously. This degrades performance and is counter to one of the objectives of defragmentation, Multiple partitions also increase the likelihood that you’re going to run into a storage space crunch while there is empty space on another partition on the same disk.
  10. RDeputy150


    Nov 28, 2004
    If you want more than one partition, don't pay Dell to do it yourself, it's extremely easy.