You should benchmark your setop compared to single partition setup to see if there is a performance difference.
Frankly, with today's OSes, I doubt you see the difference.
Go for what you think is best.
Just ordered the parts to build a replacement PC for my aging PIII550.
Win XP (SP1), AthlonXP3000, 512Mb PC3200 DDR, Radeon9600 256mb
This is primarily a 'workhorse' PC....i.e. Office Apps, Web site dev, Photoshop (heavily used for grahics/photo work)
I'm going to put two HD's in it a Primary and a second that will be used for Backups.
New: Maxtor 6Y080P0 Plus 9 80Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache ATA133 Hard Drive
Reuse: Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 8 40Gb ATA133
..I intend to partition the drives as follows:
C - OS (XP)
D - Applications
E - Data
F - Backup
G - Temp dir, Internet Cache and Page File
I think that C and D will suffer less from Fragmentation and defragmenting will be quicker for individual partitions.....the partition that will suffer most from fragmentation will be D but again defragmenting will be quicker for the partition rather than the whole disk.
Putting the temp/tmp dir and Internet cache on a seperate disk should give performance gains as will splitting the Pagefile between C and G (fixed size Pagefile so no fragmentation).
Another benfit is that if the OS goes **** up I've only got to restore C from a backup image (PowerQuest Drive Image.
So my questions are:
# What's your thoughts on my plan
# Does having multiple partitions on a drive affect performance?
# Any tips would be appreciated