> On Apr 7, 5:54 pm, "Ken Blake, MVP" <kbl...@this.is.an.invalid.domain>
>> dswofford wrote:
>>> I have Vista 64 Ultimate. In previous windows I kept programfiles
>>> in seperate partion because I heard this was good logic for
>>> performance etc. Is this the case in vista 64?
>> No. It never made much sense in earlier versions of Windows, and it
>> doesn't make much sense in Vista. Any difference in performance
>> iwill almost certainly be tiny, but best performance results from
>> having the program files in the same partition as Windows, thus
>> minimizing head travel to and from the applications.
>> Most people who recommend separating the operating system and
>> installed applications on different partitions recommend it because
>> think that if they ever have to reinstall Windows, their
>> applications will remain. They are wrong. Even if your applications
>> are installed on a partition separate from that the operating system
>> is on, you
>> can *not* reinstall the operating system without losing the
>> applications. The reason is that all applications (except for a very
>> occasional near-trivial one) have entries and pointers to them
>> within Windows, in the registry and elsewhere. With Windows gone,
>> all those entries get lost, and the applications get broken. So that
>> benefit goes away.
>> My view is that most people's partitioning scheme should be based on
>> their backup scheme. If, for example, you backup by creating a clone
>> or image of the entire drive, then a single partition might be best.
>> If, on the other hand, you backup only your data, then the backup
>> process is facilitated by having all data in a separate partition.
>> Except for those running multiple operating systems, there is seldom
>> any benefit to having more than two partitions.
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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> I have a follow up question. Prior to Vista Windows would spend time
> doing a partial defrag on the primary partition. If you had a second
> partition, say for your My Documents Folder, that partition was
> With all the whiz bang new self performance tuning, does Vista still
> optimize just the partition it resides on, or does it reach out to the
> other partitions as well.
> I'm asking because I've always perferred to have my documents on a
> second partition in case of a virus or some such ugliness.
I don't know the answer to your question, but I have two points in regard to
your last paragraph:
1. Having your documents on a separate partition, while it often has
advantages for some people, does very little or nothing to protect you
against a virus.
2. Every time I hear about someone who uses his partitioning scheme to
protect his data against *anything*, I assume that he uses that partitioning
scheme instead of a thorough backup scheme. If that's the case, you are
kidding yourself. The *only* real protection for your data is backup.
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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