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08-30-2000, 08:45 PM
I'm just getting into PC's and want to know how I should partition a hard drive under Windows 95.
I have a pentium 233, a 2.1 gig HD. All I'm putting on is W-95, Office 97, and Quicken.
How should I partition, and in which partitions should I put which applications??
Thanks for any advice!!
08-30-2000, 10:34 PM
With a drive that size I would personally just go with a single partition for simplicity, or at most, two partitions, one for programs and one for data. If you make too many partitions you'll run out of space too quickly...
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09-11-2000, 11:29 AM
I agree with ixl, I would go with one partition for a drive that size. Also keep in mind that if your version of Windows is 95a it only supports partitions of no larger than 2GB (which is not a problem in your case.) 95b and win98 will handle larger partitions, I prefer to keep them at 4GB and smaller.
If you're running 95b I would also use FAT 32 instead of FAT 16, it makes more efficient use of the available drivespace, but don't try to install DOS if you use FAT 32, it's a 16 bit OS and won't work in FAT 32. You have to run fdisk to see what FAT table you're using or change it. How to fdisk a Hard Drive (http://www.sybercom.net/jtmurphy/page11.htm) might be worth a look if you think you need to run fdisk. And only do it if you think it's necessary, but you can use fdisk to find out which FAT you're using without making any changes, or crashing the drive by choosing option 4 View partition information.
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