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1TB HDD - Is there such thing as too much?

October 5, 2010 at 03:04:37
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2/3.5
I just recently bought a TB, I haven't installed it yet because I was having other issues with system. As I was reading the HP tech specs I noticed the largest drive it mentioned was 250 Gb.
I really have two questions; One, what is the most effective way to run my drives(1Tb and 80 Gb). And two, if I partition the Tb can I make one for programs, one for data, and one for backup or should I backup on an external? Ok three will it slow down the system if I partition the Tb?
For reference I have a HP Dc7600(SFF), with a pent.4 3.2 Ghz and 3.5 Gb of ram.
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October 5, 2010 at 04:41:16
If the HP will support a 250gb drive it will support the larger one you have purchased.
Do you intend to install your operating system on this big drive or simply use it for data storage?
Re your backup question, in my opinion backup should always be to a separate physical disk and/or to optic media. Your 1TB drive will eventually fail ( they all do ) and if it contains your original files and backups you lose the lot.

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October 5, 2010 at 05:14:03
Well thank you, part of my question was should I use the TB for windows, and if so should I partition it. I have an external TB I do use for my backups. I almost think it would be easier to use the 80 Gb for windows. That way if there's a problem I can wipe and fresh install. I mean 80 gigs should be plenty of space for my applications. The TB will fill up fast and I dont like constantly moving data around. It seems to corrupt files. But there again I'm not very smart when it comes to these things.

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October 5, 2010 at 05:35:36
You don't need 80GB if the partition is only going to be for the OS itself. If you want to start over I suggest you partition the 80GB into say 30GB & 50GB. Install only your OS and a couple of core programs on the C partition.

Install all remaining programs on the D partition.

Now connect the 1TB and partition it to say 100GB, 200GB with the remainder in a 2rd partition.

After WinXP is installed and fully updated and all your programs are installed I suggest you image the C partition to the 100GB on the second drive. Then image the program partition to the second partition on the second drive.

Now, if the need arises to restore the OS you can do that without re-installing any of the programs. They will all work if the image from the second drive is restored back to the C partition. Same goes for the program partition on the 80GB.

This will give you a comfortable level of protection for the OS & program.

You should also maintain at least two copies of your personal files. I recommend burning them to optical disk (DVDR or CDR). For convenience you can also maintain a copy of them on the second drive and/or the external. The more important the files the more precautions you take.

Once files like photos are burned to optical disk it is very easy and cheap to make multiple copies. Photos especially, are irreplaceable and should be handled as such. Off site storage of the optical copies is a good idea. Safety deposit boxes are a good place. You need one larger than the smallest available size though.

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