if ur using windows(2k/xp/2003 for that matter) there is a tendency to do fresh reinstall every now and then becos windows get slower and slower day after day..(you can defrag, but it doesnt help much.... no???? read on.....)
also 160G is alot of space for windows system files + programs files. there is better way to optimzie ur disk for performance and better yet, to prolong the perfomance.
I have heard some suggest multiple partition on single drive is stupid. if you have only one single harddrive on your pc, multiple partition can benefit you.
You are to contain intensive disk activities to the beginning of the drive and the least activities to the end of the drive. My advice is to make 2 partition(say, drive c and d).
1) Drive C for
- windows system files ("WINNT", "document and settings" folders, + ie cache )
- temporary files. like Photoshop Scratch disk, bt incomplete files, winrar r01,r02,r03 , video clips editing...etc.
2) Drive D for
- "Programs files" (install all programs,like office2k, games.., here)
- "My documents" and personal data, stuff like doc, xls, mp3, jpg, mpg, divx, rm, mov, zip, rar, ........ even software installation files, etc.
Stuff in winnt and "document and settings" folder contains files that are dynamic, the most frequently access, and the most Fragmented. (esp when ur task is to do service pack, IE , program installation, service pack, IE, service pack. so placing it on the 1st partition of your disk will benefit.
choose a small parition for drive C. Defragmenting a 160G is a long task so please keep your drive C partition big enough for windows but not too big. for win2k/winxp 20 G is more than enough. defragment a 20G disk is fast and fun, I am sure u will love it.
Also if u use BT, u should use Drive C for all your new BT incomplete download. remeber to move the completed download to Drive D after it finished, it will keep ur drive C and D data fragmentation to the minimium and BT will d/l alot faster.