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How Should I Set Up My Hard Drive(s)?


Alright. I'm building a new computer system and i'm trying to decide how i want my storage to be set up. Currently, i have 2 ide drives in my system. Actually, i started out with one and added another one after. On my hard drive, i have partitioned it as c:, d:, and e:. C: - windows install only
D: - programs. Basically, i have a list of folders with the names of the programs i have installed. E: - miscellaneous. This has things i've downloaded, my music, artwork, video work, temporary installation files, videos, etc. I added another drive when i ran out of e: space. I have no experience with raid or anything so maybe that's something i should do for my next system. I dunno. I want to say what i want to do and you can tell me if it needs its own separate drive or just a partition. I dunno. Here's what i'd like to do:

C: - windows - i'd like to continue to keep this windows separate from everything else so, like now, if windows gets infected or if something screws up and i can't boot up windows, i can just delete c: (either partition or drive, w/e you suggest i get) and reinstall without losing all my programs file saves, preferences, etc. Yah, sure, the programs won't be "connected" to the reinstalled windows anymore, but i will still have any logs or saved games (that weren't auto saved in c and preferences/settings and stuff. This happened to me twice before and i just killed the partition and reinstalled windows and moved the entire d: contents to an "old d" folder and started reinstalling my programs, using the files for any programs i was reinstalling from the "old d" folder and referencing them to set up my reinstalled programs. *Phew*, get it?

D: - programs - should this just be a separate drive from windows? I mean, sure, my programs partition is currently protected from viruses screwing up windows or windows becoming unbootable for some other reason, but what if my windows hdd crashes? Then all partitions are screwed. I would like to solve this possibility before it become a reality. I was thinking either having this partition or drive (you decide which is better) be backed up to a separate hdd as things get added/changed/modified. Isn't that a raid thing?

E: - misc. - Same as d:. I'd like it to be backed up to its own seperate drive in case of drive failure. I'll say it again without all the words:
C: - windows - separate from everything else. Doesn't have to have a backup. D: - programs - separate from windows installation and constantly backed up to separate drive. E: - misc. - Same as programs.could be apart of the same drive as programs is in, but i wouldn't mind it being a totally separate drive either. So that's what i want. I dunno why. Is this stupid to do it this way? Is the way i'm doing it now stupid? I kinda know how raid works, but i don't know if it affects any read times or speeds or performance in games or anything. So please help me figure out how many hard drives i need and how i should set up my storage system. Your advice is welcome. Btw, i was thinking of having about 1tb for c and e each cuz i have a huge backlog of games and i'm always too lazy to go in and backup game saves and player configs and stuff and then uninstall the games to free up space. And i download a lot of stuff and edit lots too so i'll need lots of space for my misc. Stuff too. 1tb should be enuff for that.


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