Partitions - how many do you have ?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Athletic, Aug 6, 2012.


How many partitions-parts do you have inside your PC ?

This poll will close on Jan 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM.
  1. 1 drive. No partitioning.

    7 vote(s)
  2. 1 drive. OS + 1 partition

    14 vote(s)
  3. 1 drive. OS + 2 partitions

    3 vote(s)
  4. 1 drive. OS + 3 partitions

    2 vote(s)
  5. 1 drive. OS + 4 or more partitions

    5 vote(s)
  6. 2 or more drives. 3 partitions altogether or more.

    13 vote(s)
  1. Athletic

    Athletic Registered Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    ...for testing, backups, other users of that PC ...well, what is your best partitioning setup and why ? Do you secure in some way one of the partitions (password...) ?

    Now I'm on the 2 partitions on my 6 years old laptop. First (20 GB) for XP, and second (40 GB) for data. (also have one external hard disk connected by USB)

    For new PC with 1 TB hard disk + 100 GB SSD i plan to have:

    1. All SSD for my primary OS (W7 64bit.)

    Big hard disk with 1 TB split to 3 partitions.
    1. Another W7 64bit for testing and other users of PC (100GB)
    2. W8 64bit (100GB) testing new OS.
    3. Rest of the hard disk for data, image backups of all partitions...

    So i can say that i will have altogether 4 parts of disk, and triple boot choise.
    One question. Is there a program with which i can setup password in boot menu, after which the only one OS can be normally accessed without password ?
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2012
  2. aladdin

    aladdin Registered Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Excellent idea. I have four computers (2 laptops and 2 desktops) in the above configuration, meaning All SSDs for my primary OS (W7 64bit.) on all four computers.

    On each hard disk you can have four primary partitions, which is one MBR. You can have extended partitions, and for each four extended partitions, it is another MBR. And, so forth.

    I will keep my 1 TB hard disk to only four primary partitions the maximum allowed and no extended partitions. If you mix primary and extended partitions, then you will have more than one MBR for that hard disk.

    Best regards,
  3. tomazyk

    tomazyk Guest

    1. System on 64 GB SSD.
    2. 2 TB data disk for movies, music, DVDs ...
    3. 500 GB for personal data (documents, pictures ...)

    All together I have 3 disks and 4 partitions (5 if you count RamDisk as a partition).
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 6, 2012
  4. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Mar 16, 2005
    One disc, 300GB with 2 partitions:

    C:\ -- 25GB for the OS and Program Files, frozen with Deep Freeze

    D:\ -- 275GB for data

    Everything else is on 2 1TB external USB drives (1 is a backup)
    and a 500GB external USB drive as backup for my D:\ partition

  5. safeguy

    safeguy Registered Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Laptop user. 1 disk with 7 partitions.

    C:\ (primary partition) = Local Disk
    - System + Program Files

    D:\ (primary partition) = Data
    - all user files such as Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos

    E:\ (primary partition) = Downloads
    - all of my downloads

    F:\ (extended partition) = Backup
    - Windows Image Backup + Double Driver Backup

    H:\ (extended partition) = Virtual Machines
    - virtual disks placed here

    I:\ (extended partition) = ISO Files
    - Windows ISO files and some live CDs placed here

    J:\ (extended partition) = Setup Files
    - Setup files that I may need on a fresh Windows install such as .NET Framework, Applocker Hotfix, EMET, IE9, Realtek HD Audio, Windows Update Agent V7.6.7600.256, etc etc
  6. voodo123

    voodo123 Lurker

    Jun 6, 2012
    :rolleyes: four partition
    system reserved
    system partition
    backup of something
  7. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    1 (160 GB) HD... 18 partitions (1 a hidden TC volume).

    Yeah, I know... I'm OCD about keeping things isolated. Not just for security, but I think they run snappier this way too.
  8. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Personally i have 2 drives.
    One is from my previous computer (WD 40GB) and the other one is from this build (WD 250GB).

    The WD 40GB one is used as a backup drive and the WD 250GB has 3 partitions.

    WD 40GB
    *Backup Drive

    WD 250GB
    *Partition 1: Main OS.
    *Partition 2: Secure OS but as of now it has W8.
    *Partition 3: Backup drive, created it after my WD 40GB started giving me serious problems.

    The WD 40GB has a problem with the reading head or platters because every now and then it starts making a ticking noise and Windows won't read it.
    Everytime this happens i take it out and shake it hard, then it works again. BWAHAHAHA :D
  9. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    USA - Back in a real State in time for a real Pres
    Op my config is not listed. I am sure I am not alone in having a Dual-Bootup setup.

    From Win7 only sees: C: Win7, E: Data.

    From PCLinuxOS: it's: Doze, Data, PCLOS - Home, Root, Swap
  10. SirDrexl

    SirDrexl Registered Member

    Apr 14, 2012
    I used to make multiple partitions, but not anymore for the most part (and I'm not counting the system partition as separate). There are a couple of exceptions, however.

    1. I like a dedicated OS partition so I can just reformat it when I want to reinstall. If the drive with Windows is too big for that, I'll have 2 partitions. My netbook is set up this way because there's only one drive. My desktop has a 60GB SSD for Windows, so it's only one partition per drive. I may go back to having 2 partitions when I get a SSD bigger than 128GB or so.

    2. If it's an external drive that's used for backing up a PS3's drive, I need a FAT32 partition. But, I don't want to format the whole drive as FAT32 since it limits me to 4GB file sizes. So that will have 2 partitions.

    I voted "OS + 1 partition" because that's what I'd do if the drive with the OS is big enough.

    Edit: oh, wait. I actually have 3 drives in my desktop. I must have skimmed through the choices and didn't see the last one.
  11. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    1 drive. OS + 3 partitions
  12. GSL

    GSL Registered Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Mine is 1 drive with 2 partitions: On 1st partition is OS + everything while the 2nd partition is set to a hidden NTFS type 0x27WinRE which just contained a full backup image of the initial windows installation with preferred apps aka factory settings.