Having read through all of these posts I am left a little confused as to how to partition the HDD on start-up. I originally thought that creating a C drive (for programs) and D drive (for files) would make the HDD more quick/efficient, but your post seems to suggest that it is better to just have a C drive and set D to zero (as a few others have mentioned). Although the NC10 does not have an SSD option, I do plan on upgrading to 2MB of RAM and setting up a Ram drive (R) for page and internet cache files. Assuming I can create a RAM drive, which partition option is better for the average user? I plan to use my NC10 for web surfing, MS Office programs (mostly Word, Outlook and Powerpoint). I will be using VPN to connect to my office network. Other than that, probably not many other programs.
So, which partition set up (C only versus C for programs and D for files) would you recommend in terms of speed and efficiency? Which will make it easier to back up on the HDD on an external drive? As of now I am hoping to keep the HDD relatively clean, and saving most files on a USB thumb drive or memory card.
My NC10 is scheduled to arrive in a few days, so all opinions are appreciated.
Well, i think your overestimating it. Really. I wouldnt recommend more than 2 partiton per drive. Mainly because i want to keep things organized i switched to 2 partitions. The performance doesnt matter that much. The fujutsu drive is 5400rpm, and ‘older’ drives are lower than 3200rpm. I think that makes the difference.
Today it isnt a problem anymore. I would recommend get 2 partitions.
1 WIndows + Apps (i have 40 gigs)
1 Data drive for documents and other crap (the rest of the drive).
The recovery doesnt count because it nearly isnt accessed and its a hidden partiton.