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Hard Drive Partions

Discussion in 'Software' started by Grant, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Grant

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    I'm studying A+ and and currently reading up on Hard drive Partitions. I understand what is being said and that you can split your hard drive into diferent sectors basically and organise the files on your PC accordingly i.e. C; software D: personal files E: Music etc... Apart from that though are there any other benefits? I've got my C: drive which is nearly full but most of my personal stuff is on my external hard drive. In effect I' doing the same thing but if my C:drive gets a virus and dies again I've got most of what I need on the external drive. If I partioned my C: drive and got a virus in it or it developed a problem am I right in assuming that it would also affect all the partitions on that hard disk? In which case what is the point of partitioning?

    Apologies for my ignorance/lack of knowledge.
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    A virus can end up infecting the whole hard drive or just a particular part. Its if you get a virus in the MBR is where the **** hits the fan because that usually means a repair install.
     
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  3. Grant

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    So really what your saying is that partitioning the hard drive is down to personal preferences for organising the data on your PC. Other than that there is no actual benefit?
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    yeah.

    I have two partitions on my hard drive one is 172GB and the other is 56GB I use the 56GB partition for my virtual memory as it speeds things up slightly and the rest is my data.

    But you can setup partitions and extended partitions and logical drives as much as you like its up to you.
     
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  5. JonGlory

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    One example of using partions could be to have two different operating system on the 1 disc, i.e three partions, 1 for each operating system, remaining 1 for the data/documents, means no matter what os you boot, you got the data on each one.
     
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  6. Jimbooo

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    Also, partitioning can help your computer run faster because it only has to look through one partition when searching for one of your files if you choose, instead of the whole computer.
     
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  7. NightWalker

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    You can sometimes fix an MBR virus issue if you boot from an XP Pro CD and go into the recovery console, then run the FIXMBR command.
     
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    Yep, can be dodgy though.
     
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  9. NightWalker

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    True. The Linux boys will say run Linux and you wont get any viruses... (I like Windows though)
     
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    me too,Windows works for me I have bo reason for Linux.
     
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    I was thinking of doing the Linux+ after my MCSE, I have installed a few distros before and had a play about but thats about it. I would like to have a proper go and see what its all about.
     
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    I had a distro once but I uninstalled due to lack of use. When I used Unix at work I enjoyed that, now that was an operating system.:D
     
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    I installed FreeBSD once, now that was some confusing stuff :blink
     
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    Crazy stuff, I like Unix because it was all command line base but it got annoying if you missed . here or / there.

    I did use it more at uni when doing databases in sql with Oracle.
     
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  15. rax

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    It's also useful in the event of your OS being totally f*cked. You can reinstall the OS without losing all your data because it's on the other partitions.
     
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