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Old 09-16-2002, 02:34 PM
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Thanks Chris and Greg. That's what I was thinking too, but wasn't very sure about it.

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Old 09-17-2002, 01:34 PM
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You don't need to partition, but I always recommend partitioning, that way it's easier to seperate different kinds of data, also if you lose one of your partitions (hard drive problem or it somehow gets unintentionally deleted) you won't lose everything, just the partition. I always make at least a couple partitions: 1 for Windows (I don't install my programs in Program files or store my data in My documents, that way if I'm having a problem with windows i can reformat the partition and reload it without losing any of my programs or data), 1 for Programs, 1 (more for different kinds) for data, 1 for temp and scratch disk. If you don't want to spend a lot of money on something like PartitonMagic, there is a couple freeware programs out there, here's the links:
Ranish Partition Manager
Zeleps Partition Resizer
If you are going to partition, first make sure you back up *everything* on the hard drive.

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Old 09-17-2002, 01:37 PM
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If you're new to partitioning, then it's probably a better idea to use PartitionMagic or something like it rather than Ranish partition manager since it's a lot harder to use and you need to know what you're doing (you could fairly easily really mess things up (like your MBR etc.) and end up not being able to boot up your sytem)

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Old 09-17-2002, 07:57 PM
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Thanks David. A rookie like yours truly needs all the info he can get.

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