4 Partitions, 3 Volumes currently in use
I currently have the following set-up on my laptop's only internal drive...
C: 12 GB - Operating System (Win XP Pro)
E: 3 GB - Paging File
F: 35 GB - Data
: 6 GB - Unallocated
The below are not partitions of the internal HD, but are included for detail.
Internal DVD Burner
G: 300 GB - Misc Data, Older PC Drive Images, Archived ISOs
H: 35 GB - IOMega REV Drive - Uses 35 GB removable disks
I - Z: Temporary "Virtual Drives" for archived ISOs
I tried setting the C: volume to 6 GB when I first started setting up different partitions... it worked fine, but I wanted to keep the OS and regular program files on the same partition and some of my larger regular programs take 3 to 5 GB to install. I settled for 12 GB which will compress to 4 GB (to take an image of volume C) using the Rev Drive and IOMega's imaging software.
I used the default paging file size of 150% RAM; I have 2 GB of RAM so I set the paging file to 3 GB (I'll never need that much for the paging file, but I have the extra space so I figured I'd use it).
A little over 40 GB was left after the above changes so I set 35 GB for data storage. The "Data" volume contains "My Documents" which includes the standard Pics, Audio and Video along with misc docs/files and the setup files/ISOs needed to reinstall or use all current programs. If it's something important, a copy goes to an external drive, a REV Disk and/or a DVD archive.
I kept 5.85 GB free so I can set up a customized restoration partition... I started putting something together but never found the time to sit down and figure out the details to make this work. I have my Windows Installation slip-streamed so I don't spend an hour downloading hotfixes when I need to reinstall the OS, but I'll probably end up using something like Acronis True Image 8.0 to create the customized restoration partition.
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