use 2 hdd 1 for os xp and 1 for programs

May 26, 2011 at 13:15:50
Specs: Windows XP
i have xp sp3 and two 160 gig hard drives will it make my pc faster to use the c: for the os and the d: for program files and all other stuff like temp files and storage and whatever. and what one should i use for page file and can some one tell me how to go about this please. i only just get what im saying so any advice and explanation is greatly appreciated.

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May 26, 2011 at 13:38:20
What type of hdd's are they? Sata or IDE? A Sata drive will be faster than an IDE. You should have the OS on it's own partition. You can partition the first 160 gig drive into two sectors. One 20 gig for the OS and the rest for programs and storage. Let windows assign the pagefile.

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May 26, 2011 at 14:24:44
That makes it nice if your operating system is corrupt, you won't lose data, you just fix the operating system. To get a performance improvement you may be able to hook up a RAID system which will give you some performance gains, but you would only have 160g total space, not 320g. Your motherboard has to support raid configurations, but that is how they increase performance.

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May 26, 2011 at 14:39:50
Separating programs from OS accomplishes nothing. Programs are not data. Programs can not be run independently from the OS.

You want your saved files on a drive different than the drive containing OS and Programs.

The suggestion of mirroring [raid1] the drives is excellent in that if a drive fails you are still up and operational.

This is your first decision:
2 separate drives
2 drives as 1 in a raid array.

Which do you choose?

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May 26, 2011 at 16:15:56

Raid is a bad idea on a personal pc. Read this.

Keeping the OS on a separate partition doesn't speed things up, but it does make repairing the OS much faster. Same goes for error checking and defragging. It's your choice.

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May 26, 2011 at 23:17:16
Raid shcmaid. You are already on the right track. Keep it simple (and the whole 320GB available).

First, move the "My Documents" to the non-OS drive (right-click My Documents/Properties, and follow the prompts...).

Most programs you can install on the "data" drive (not copy or move, but actually install). Some programs, though, are still better "suited" to install to the default boot OS drive... but only a few. I think you will soon figure that one out. But it is not really a speed-related factor.

With two drives, you don't actually need to partition either one, but sure,... you don't need all of 160GB for the OS. I would suggest, though, that 20GB is needlessly too conservative a target for the OS partition, in light of your specs, because the pagefile, if defaulted to "Let Windows figure it out" (recommended) will be looking at size (size matters).

Rule #1: Keep.It.Simple.

PS: you may not be able to perceive an appreciable speed difference, no matter which configuration you decide on... not for long, anyway. Speed is contingent on many factors, hard drive size is hardly the most notable one.

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July 12, 2011 at 05:37:05
8 gb micro sd memory card with write protect adopter as OS boot hdd and 1 Tb external hdd as usb plug-in with actual programs installed. Will this arrangement work? This way the OS cannot be corrupted.

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