"Brahman" <Brahman@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:23093938-6852-475A-B0A1-1FDA3B8C866D@xxxxxx
I'm not MS certified, so take my observations with a grain of salt.
> Have XP Pro installed on a Raid 0 pair of samsug hd.During installation
> created a partitions of 15gb C:\ System, f 40gb D:\ Programs and a third
> 70gb E:\ Data unassigned 140gb.
Sounds fairly optimal... although I've never had issues with installing
programs on C: with Windows XP (or Pro). There was a time when
98SE and 2K were used for running high powered graphics rendering
and CPU intensive audio programs, that often a recommendation to
install software on a separate partition was a short-term remedy for
some issues. Personally, I never encountered those issues. If C:
were ever corrupted, the software would still require reinstallation,
thus the dedicated programs drive was fairly meaningless unless
you had full program installs resting there with no hard copies on CD.
> Because the C:\ has turned out to be too small and causes XP problems -
I don't buy this at all. You have other 'issues'. I run XP Pro on three laptops,
doing serious graphics on one and audio on the other two. Both C: drives
are 8 Gig and all data resides on another drive(s). My XP Pro tower has
a 15Gig C: for OS and software, and a 60 Gig D: for Data. C: has never
exceeded about 60% of capacity and ocassionally I let My Documents
become fairly bloated before backing up and deleting.
You are likely seeing a System Restore issue. The default setting for 'sys
restore' is to allocate 15% of your C: drive space for restore points. May
I suggest that you turn off system restore, thereby eliminating some 3.5 Gig
of superfluous clog, and reboot the system. Return to System restore,
reactivate, and create a new restore point. Defragment the drive and
schedule a disk check, reboot and let the check run at startup. Then,
set system restore preferences to use only about 5% of your C: for
> cannot expand C:\, therefore not practical to conduct a upgrade.
Sure you can expand C:. Combine it with D:. (I recommend Partition Magic 8).
When you do this, everything that was on the drive letter D: can be saved on
the new, larger C: within it's own newly created file folder.
However, I see no reason that the physical size of C: should be any issue
at all for XP given your explanation. If the OS and necessary plug-ins is all
you have installed on your C: drive, you should have some 50% free space.
You could then actually split off a piece of your current E: (future D
to hold your programs if you felt the need.
How about RAM? You may have a page file issue. A perfectly clean install
of XP will require some 140 meg of ram just to keep the system open. If
you have any software oriented processes that startup with the boot and
run in the background, you could actually be exceeding your available ram
just to keep the system up and running. BS software like messenger
services, music sharing or downloading services (Limewire, Bear, etc.)
will eat your ram for lunch resulting in constant use of the page file and
dramatically slowing your PC.
> Plan to install a new Sumsung 1Tb ( faster) Hd and install Vista Ultimate
> on that disc.
Please research this carefully before committing.
> 2 questions,-
> 1.0 The pros and cons of partitioning the new HD i.e. F:\ G:\?
> 2.0 Any problems associated with keeping Xp installed with Vista installed
> Under NT could mod boot .init - does Vista have an equilvant?
Too many possible answers.....
Do an advanced Google Groups search on this group using your choice
of questions. You will find lots of resources for dual boot set-ups, and
literally thousands of posts that are serious heartbreakers regarding trying
to dual boot *anything* with Vista. The only solution seems to be running
"Virtual PC" and loading the desired OS inside of VISTA. Vista doesn't seem
to play very nicely with anything else.
I usually recommend installing a removable drive bay and loading the drive
with the OS you desire to use at the time. A second DATA drive can always
remain in place for both OSes.
I believe you simply have some optimization issues and some registry
bloat. And though I know you're ready to take the Vista plunge, I also
think you should read some of the posting history on the MS Vista
news groups before you open up a can of worms that will give you far
more headache than taking the time to optimize your XP box. If you
are extremely comfortable with XP, you will not be easily impressed
by the Vista OS.
Vista has a proprietary partitioning system, it's own odd-ball boot record,
and eats XP restore points for lunch if on the same drive, just to mention
a few things. If you install as an upgrade, your XP license is permanently
removed. There are a mountain of issues (not insurmountable, however)
with Windows Vista, period. On a personal note, I've been through two
versions of Vista Home, now -Basic and Premium- using them for my
own familiarization and optimization experiments, before giving both of
them away with new computer builds for clients.
David Morgan (MAMS)
Morgan Audio Media Service http://www.m-a-m-s
Dallas, Texas (214) 662-9901