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I am building my new PC. Can any one guide me in partitioning 500GB HDD. I like to install windows 7 on it. How many primary partitions I can create and best space allocation approach and best partitioning tools.

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Unless you have a reason to divide the drive into multiple partitions, and know what that reason is, don't bother. – Harry Johnston Jul 2 '12 at 21:19

For regular usage, you can just use one primary partition and you'll probably be fine.

If you want to get fancy, you can have a Windows partition and then a data partition. This separates your system files from your data. If you choose to do this, the amount of space you allocate to each really depends upon your usage. I would allocate 150-200 GB for programs and 300-350 GB for data.

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data partitions means extended partition? any tools I can use for partitioning? – Pokuri Jul 2 '12 at 6:26
Windows Setup allows you partition the disk before installing Windows. You don't really need any extra tools. – Harry Johnston Jul 2 '12 at 21:20
@HarryJohnston But partitioning while installing windows creating all primary partitions only. There won't be any issue is we have all primary partitions only? – Pokuri Jul 3 '12 at 5:34
The only reason to use extended partitions is if you want more than four partitions in total. In this case you'll only have three: the boot ("system") partition, the Windows partition and the data partition. – Harry Johnston Jul 3 '12 at 20:54

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