how do you make a separate partition on your hard disk?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Dion, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Dion

    Dion Guest

    hi how do you make a separate partition on your hard disk? and do you need
    it? i installed a new hard drive and vista is installed on that drive,is it
    worth having a separate partition?
    Dion, Jan 21, 2008
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    BigJim Guest

    partitions are usually setup during the install of the OS. Under xp many
    people use partition magic after the OS was installed. Not sure what works
    well with Vista. It may be easier to install a second drive.
    BigJim, Jan 21, 2008
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    Charlie42 Guest

    Vista has a built in tool for that:

    In some cases Vista may not let you apply changes to a disk, particularly
    when it comes to system volumes and the boot volume. Then you may consider
    using a third party partition manager, like Acronis or PartitionMagic (I'm
    not sure it supports Vista yet). Or if you're familiar with Linux, you can
    use a bootable live CD/DVD with the gparted app.
    Personally, I don't think so, but that's for you to decide. Some like to
    organize their files and folders in logical volumes. Also, for safety's sake
    it can be a good idea to keep your OS/software files on one disk, and user
    files on another. Different hard drives that is, not just partitioned

    Charlie42, Jan 21, 2008
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    Not Me Guest

    I prefer to have multiple partitons for orginization, but I generally have
    my OS and programs on 1 HDD and my data on another.
    That way I back up each separately and if 1 fails, I only have to restore
    that one.
    Any drive can fail, but I seem to have system disks fail more often that
    data disks, maybe it's just the luck of the draw; but maybe the constant use
    of the OS wears them a little faster.
    Not Me, Jan 21, 2008
  5. Partition Magic does not support Vista. Acronis is the best route when it
    comes to a third party tool.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 21, 2008
  6. Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 21, 2008

  7. The question of whether you should have more than one partition, is
    not a question to which everyone has the same answer, and you'll find
    different points of view. My view is that most people's partitioning
    scheme should be based on their backup scheme. If, for example, you
    backup by creating a clone or image on the entire drive, then as
    single partition might be best. If, on the other hand, you backup only
    your data, then the backup process is facilitated by having all data
    in a separate partition.

    Except for those running multiple operating systems, there is seldom
    any benefit to having more than two partitions.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jan 21, 2008
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