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    ok, ive got my new harddrive, and after finally getting everything sorted out with my other computers its time to reinstall my OS's.
    is it safe to install windows onto a harddrive that already has files on the other partitions. i have a 5gb part set aside for windows, but i already started using the other partitions, and i want to know whether it is safe to intall with my files on them


    and so the balance of power shifts...
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    I would think that as long as the partitions are visible to the Windows OS you should be fine. I partitioned my HD into 4 partitions prior to installation. I put data for storage in the last partition (F:) and put the OS in the first (C:). I use the second (D:) for the windows swap file and the third (E:) for downloads so I can keep them isolated on a drive from other data.

    I think I've re-installed the same OS on this configuration without losing files on the partitions, though I had to re-install a lot of programs that I installed to the F: drive simply because there was a new Windows registry that didn't know where they were and it was far easier than trying to edit the registry.

    When you install, windows will only install to partition/logical drive that you tell it to. Even if there's data on the partition, it won't overwrite it unless you tell it to.


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    What I do is use 2 harddrives in my computer, for example, my current configuration is 1 40GB hdd for OS's and 1 300 GB for storage. The OS drive is partitioned in to 3 parts, 2 of 10 and 1 of 20, I use the 20 for Windows XP and the other 2 for linux, fedora and gentoo. The storage drive is divided in 3 partitions: Apps (for all installed applications), movies and download.

    I could just make maps instead of partitions, but partitions makes things easier to manage, since the OS's handle every partition is a seperate drive. For example, I reinstall windows XP from time to time to optimize performance, and when I do, I just backup certain parts of the registry, documents and settings, and format the partition to get a nice, clean install. Also, I have defrag and scandisk scheduled every week for the windows and apps drive to get optimal performance out of windows and all running applications, which makes for a smoothly running PC.

    You may wonder why I install 3 OS's. I do this because I am a computer hobyist and like to experiment with linux. In this case partitions are again a benefit, because if I wanted to replace one of the linuxes I'd simply format the partition to get a clean install.
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    nah, my new one is an SATA, so im gonna use my old 80gb as a portable drive, or stick it in my parents comp and use their 60gb. my new HDD config is:
    10gb=linux
    5gb=windows
    5gb=home(my docs/personal stuff)
    12gb=apps
    61gb=games
    139gb=media/downloads

    at the rate im currenty going im gonna need a new HDD in about 3 months :P
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    Just setup a Linux file server or a NAS system. Use gigabit ethernet and you would be all set. You could access all your files from any OS from anywhere in the house. It's what I do
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    actually thats one of the problems. i have onboard gigabit with my motherboard, but linux cant use it for some reason, if you know where i can find a fix then that wolud be good. im using mandrake 10.0
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    Sounds like you would need to recompile the kernel to add in the device support. Linux does support many gigabit adapters. The stock version not so much so.
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    Were I you, one thing I would not do. That is allow the default C to be the Windows drive. Many viruses are hard-coded to C. I use G as the boot drive.
    "Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
    - H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
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    my curernt windows drive is H, i set up C as my games drive because games are hard coded to do the same, and it saves time. but god to know that there are other bonuses
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