Partition & New OS Install

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March 16, 2010 at 12:26:34
Specs: XP, 2 gigs
I read that Win7 (and Vista too, IIR), when partitioning a new HD, start at sector 64 as opposed to XP which would start at 63 (hope I have this right).

1. Is there any benefit in pre-partitioning a new non-4K HDD, to start at sector 64, for XP? Assume SATA2 in "compatibility" mode. I mean, if Vista/7 have improved performance by not having to split a read or whatnot over two sectors, would the same benefit accrue to XP? Also, any problems?

2. Really the same question about Linux, since I intend to dual/triple boot OSs. (Saves posting in two different forums)

3. A general question on XP and the new 4K HDDs: If the answer to #1 is, "Yeah, fine", can't the "pre-partitioning at sector 64" technique be effective for XP and the new 4K drives?


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March 16, 2010 at 12:54:54
Never heard that, actually W7 makes a small partition for boot use that seems to upset everyone..

My take is always do clean installs and not upgrades if you can with all OS's. Just let the OS do what it wants and don't worry unless it fails.

Since you have a newer machine why not consider using a Virtual Machine instead of fooling with dual or triple boots. Not worth the effort anymore since most systems fully support VM technologies.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 16, 2010 at 13:20:41
Thanks for the reply. IIR, if you pre-partition before installing Win7, it doesn't create the mini (200mb) recovery partion, but puts a separate directory in the Win7 install partition. Anyway, this is a clean install that I'm talking about.

The reason I don't VM is my principal (99.9% of the time) OS is openSuse Linux, with XP SP3 only being used for two specific needs. One of those is a special DVD burning program involving 2 x DVD reader/writers, and setup/operation of those, not to mention performance, is abysmal in a VM.

Anyway, still looking for an answer to my queries.

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