best allocation unit size to format partition

July 30, 2011 at 13:22:57
Specs: Windows 7, Intel(R) Celeron(R) D CPU 3.06GHz 3.07 GHz cpu speed 2.0 GB ram
i want to install windows xp light sp2 on a partion
i will use this xp for only games

wht is the best allocation unit size to format the partion ??

if i make it the the highest (64 kilobites )
will the windows work faster ???

CPU Intel(R) Celeron(R) D 3.06GHz
ram 2.0 GB

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July 30, 2011 at 14:13:12
It depends upon the size of the partition. The most sensible thing is to let Windows decide for you. It knows more about these things than you do.

No, a larger allocation unit will not make Windows work faster, but it might waste some of your disk space if you don't use the optimal size.

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July 31, 2011 at 07:15:49
The default cluster size for NTFS partitions up to 16TB is 4K, there's little reason to set it differently. If you want your system to run faster, replace the Celeron. And if you want decent gaming performance, you'll need a decent gaming video card. Increasing the RAM to 3GB for XP would help as well.

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July 31, 2011 at 08:31:28
mickliq is correct. Your CPU is your current bottleneck. And "modern" games require a decent video card. Changing any parameters about your hard-drive will have little effect.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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