Each partition will need to be formatted and will have its own drive letter. How many and what size are up to you. You can have one single partition or many. XP will need to be on one partition only. My only use for other partitions would be for organization and temporary backups or scratch pads. If you want to keep music files or picture files you can do so in separate folders or on separate partitions. It's up to you and your own reasoning. If you decide you need multiple partitions, begin by selecting the size you want for Windows and all the software you want to run. While you can put some programs on other partitions, it doesn't always make good sense because some files end up in the Windows folder(s) anyway. Create the Windows partition during the installation process. That partition alone will be formatted. Once Windows is up and running, you can use disk manager to create other partitions and format them as you desire. Windows will be drive letter C: and the rest will get their drive letters as they are partitioned and formatted. They will appear as separate drives though part of one physical drive. Sometimes these are referred to as logical drives in extended partitions. Hope that helps.
I am getting ready to clean install XP Pro 64x on a new 250G drive. In the install, it will ask me about making partitions.
1) I understand that I should install Xp in its own partition. How many other, and size, partitions would you recommend? Also what to groups toghether? 250G drive, XP Pro 64x OS, drivers, programs, antivirus, video, audio, pictures, personal files, games.
2) After I do partition, how do I store to them? Do they show up as seperate drives, or something else?