Hi Scott -
Even with a single drive, I will partition it. I will set-up one for the
os, one or more for programs, and a smaller one for data. I like to do
this mostly for the smaller block size(forgot the correct terminology). If
a program is 'core' to the operation of the PC, I will install it into the
OS drive. Otherwise, it would get installed on a program drive. This same
thought can be applied to multiple hardware drives.
I haven't really been following this thread, but I'll jump in and say ...
This system currently has just one physical drive. (I say currently
because there ae two new drives sitting a few feet away waiting to be
installed, and change from Windblows to Linux, but that's another story.)
It is partioned in four partitions, each partition is one drive. The C:\
drive has the operating system, WinZip, anti-virus, and a few other key
applications. The H:\ drive *was* for a major application that I ended up
not installing so it is pretty well empty. The I:\ drive is for programs
that don't have their own data set: browsers, various editors, image
processing programs, Client Access Express, etc. The J:\ drive is for
programs that have their own data set (email and newsgroups) and the
associated data, and plus other data is not tied to a specific program
(documents, the master image of my websites, etc.).
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my employer or anyone in their right mind.