How many keep your programs on the C drive and how many on another??

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  • C Drive

    26 86.67%
  • Other

    4 13.33%
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  1. aramil's Avatar
    Posts : 92
    Windows 10 pro 64bit
       #11

    C: drive (SSD 250Gb) for OS + depenancies
    D: drive (SSD 250Gb) Programs
    E: drive (HDD 1Tb) data
    F: drive (HDD 1Tb) Media
    G: drive (HDD 1Tb) Programs (programs that do not benefit from an SSD)
    X: drive (HDD 2Tb) Local Backup of (e: & f: )

    & a remote (Network) backup system.
    Last edited by aramil; 04 Sep 2016 at 13:18.
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  2. Gort's Avatar
    Posts : 46
    Windows 10
       #12

    C: OS and programs
    N: Data, etc

    Above on the same disk (160GB for C:; 660GB for N:; rest for Linux and other partitions).
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  3. Stevekir's Avatar
    Posts : 340
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       #13

    Reading these post, although my SSD (C: )contains the OS and all my programs, if starting again it might be better to put the programs on a separate partition, because if the OS had to be re-installed from scratch the programs would not have to be. A Macrium disc image would preserve both the OS and the programs.

    I assume that is correct? Is it?
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  4. BunnyJ's Avatar
    Posts : 22,727
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Stevekir said:
    Reading these post, although my SSD (C: )contains the OS and all my programs, if starting again it might be better to put the programs on a separate partition, because if the OS had to be re-installed from scratch the programs would not have to be. A Macrium disc image would preserve both the OS and the programs.

    I assume that is correct? Is it?
    A simple backup of the C that has both the OS and software/programs would be perfect. If you have to do a reinstallation just use the backup and you're all set. Splitting the OS and software was a good idea when it was necessary to defrag a HDD but now with low cost SSD's and the fact you don't defrag them it doesn't make sense to split the OS and software anymore, IMO.

    Jeff
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,832
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #15

    if starting again it might be better to put the programs on a separate partition, because if the OS had to be re-installed from scratch the programs would not have to be.
    Not so, alas, as programs typically
    - add start menu entries (which are usually on C
    - use various folders in User space on C:
    - have registry entries.

    Possible exception: portable programs- but even then you'd probably create start menu shortcuts.

    The safest and easiest way is to keep the OS and programs on one partition or disk and as much data as possible elsewhere, preferably on a separate disk.
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  6. Posts : 15
    Windows 10/OS X 10.11 ADP
       #16

    C: 1TB 10k HDD Windows and Games
    D: 500GB SSD for OS X boot - I work on OSX so need it more there.
    E: F: 4TB work drive, split into 4 partitions. Dedicated audio space for Windows = 1TB, Same for Mac 1TB, 100Gb FAT formatted sharing disk (for moving from OS to OS - safer than filesystem drivers) and 1.8TB of Backups
    H: 500GB - Archived installers for other systems in the house
    I: 500GB - Random crap from an older PC
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  7. Stevekir's Avatar
    Posts : 340
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       #17

    dalchina said:
    Not so, alas, as programs typically
    - add start menu entries (which are usually on C
    - use various folders in User space on C:
    - have registry entries.

    Possible exception: portable programs- but even then you'd probably create start menu shortcuts.

    The safest and easiest way is to keep the OS and programs on one partition or disk and as much data as possible elsewhere, preferably on a separate disk.
    That's exactly my present setup. I will leave it as is. Macrium system images are very quick: typically only 15 minutes. My personal files are all on a separate HD which is backed up separately.
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  8. Posts : 15
    Windows 10/OS X 10.11 ADP
       #18

    Stevekir said:
    Reading these post, although my SSD (C: )contains the OS and all my programs, if starting again it might be better to put the programs on a separate partition, because if the OS had to be re-installed from scratch the programs would not have to be. A Macrium disc image would preserve both the OS and the programs.

    I assume that is correct? Is it?
    No. Bad idea. If you wish to reinstall Windows and keep apps, you should do so by using the Refresh option. Even with programs on another drive, a lot has to be written to the Windows drive. People use other drives because programs take lots of space and SSD space is expensive. If you don't have the space to keep everything on an SSD, then putting Windows on it will give you a huge boost anyway.
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  9. Stephanie's Avatar
    Posts : 14,586
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       #19

    C:/ for my OS

    D:/ for installed Programs and Games

    :)
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  10. Stevekir's Avatar
    Posts : 340
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       #20

    StarEmpire said:
    No. Bad idea. If you wish to reinstall Windows and keep apps, you should do so by using the Refresh option. Even with programs on another drive, a lot has to be written to the Windows drive. People use other drives because programs take lots of space and SSD space is expensive. If you don't have the space to keep everything on an SSD, then putting Windows on it will give you a huge boost anyway.
    1. I have often thought this, for example Photoshop and InDesign

    2. Good. I have plenty of space on my SSD, so will leave it as is.
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