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I saw a similar question for linux, but nothing for windows. I'm getting a new 1TB drive for my dev box @ work. The OS will be Windows 7 Pro with 8GB of RAM and just the single 1TB drive. Backups are not a concern, and I won't be storing large multimedia files. I want the fastest possible performance for general windows usage and for compilation. I will defrag nightly with a smart defragger liker perfectdisk.

Should I just go with a single partition, or is there some way I can lay things out for the best performance?

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I think that it's a toss-up. If you need to do a lot of disk I/O activity, you'll really be better served with multiple disks on separate controllers.

For general use, I think that I would create an OS partition of 250G, and leave the rest in a second partition. However, since Windows 7 now let's you resize a partition (including OS partition), it's much less of an issue than it used to be.

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+1 Agree that a partition won't help if there is a great deal of disk I/O. An eSATA drive as a second perhaps? – Dave M Mar 8 '10 at 19:11

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