Understanding partitioned drives and why they are there.

February 2, 2012 at 16:37:20
Specs: Windows Vista, 4GB

I have 2 computers, one is Vista home premium the other is Vista business. These were set up with partitioned drives. Is there any advantage to that? I find that I can 'run out of Ram' .
One is a Dell Inspiron Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4GHz 2.4 GHz 4GB RAM 32-bit operating system Vista home premium
The second is Vista business Built by a guy for me (no I don't deal with him now) This is an AMD Phenom(tm) II x4 940 Processor 3.00 GHz 4GB RAM 32-bit operating system.
I use Photoshop CS5 (not the whole suite) and Lightroom. I do a lot of layers and biggish files.

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February 2, 2012 at 16:58:42
Your hard drives and your RAM have nothing to do with each other. If you mean you are running out of disk space then that is another thing altogether.

As for hard drives, yes that have to be partitioned, even if it is only a single partition spanning the whole drive, it still needs to be partitioned.

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February 2, 2012 at 19:39:43
Yes, partitions and ram are not really the same issue.

In your case you need to look at making at least one scratch disk or more if you have more than one real actual drive. Photoshop uses a huge amount of ram. A common photo edit can easily consume all your available ram. To help you set up scratch disks where changes and edits can be stored until you save your work.

The second issue is the Microsoft virtual ram. It may have to be adjusted.

Lastly is that you could have some bad or faulty programs.

What gets done normally is you create a new system from clean media/disks like a reload of the OS. Add in software and then take measurements. That is the base number that you can later use to diag the system.

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