I seek advice and info regarding the partitioning and OS-install in my main pc....a T60p thinkpad laptop.
I've run out of space on this 100gb, and since that forces a move to new drive, I figure I might as well update to XP....so very modern of me!
GOAL: to update my T60p from win2k-sp4 to XPsp3, with an XP install with minimal bloat in the disk/registry/processes....and also to improve/modernize the partitioning scheme I've been using for 20 years.
Current plans are....
- OEMBIOS files copied from laptop to 'clean' unpacked XP-msdn ISO
(I have no factory CD) and key from COA on bottom, making bootable
'full' XP not requiring activation, just like original XP on this laptop.
- nLite to strip some bloat from XP
- BootitNG as boot-manager (or other?)
- backup across GbEnet to other laptop
- Do all work from current win2000 install on current internal HD
Current HD setup:
C- 2gb primary FAT dos-bootable
D- 40gb NTFS 'extended' with the bulk of my 'data' and 'archiving' on it.
E- 40gb NTFS 'extended/logical' with Win2K-sp4 on it.
I have run that C/D/E config for many many years...since NT3.31....so that I always had an HD that could boot from DOS, in case of windows trouble/crash. Not that any such thing would ever happen with windoze, of course...
With the existence today of 'PE' things (bootable OS's on a CD), my long-standing drive config isn't so necessary. And it also seems that it might be a good thing to finally 'conform' by having windoze on a 'C' drive like 99.99% of the rest of humanity. And I do still occasionally come across a program or script that's foolishly 'hard coded' to C:.
Yet I still have to run DOS sometimes, for a piece of old PCB-CAD software that I have some long-standing designs on. There are a million scripts, batches, and buried setup-entries in this complex software (PCAD4.55) which are all coded to subdir's on C:. I.e., it'd be a LOT of work to change it to run on another letter. Thus, I still need a DOS 'C' drive as well.
And of course there is the issue of filesystem type too: I want XP, and my 'data drive' on ntfs partitions....and DOS must be FAT.....so the two 'C' drives must be two different drives/partitions.
And I want an entire 2nd XP install, as noted in the table below, to do backups from, and to be there in case the primary XP1 crashes.
Thus, I need three 'primary' partitions (I think).
And someday I really should 'touch' Linux for the first time and learn something of it.....so I reserved 10 gigs....and that would also have to be its own primary (I think)
Sooo....here is the setup I'm thinking of, and soliciting advice on....
Pri, C, DOS, FAT16, 2gb, PCAD and emergency DOS-boot, maybe WIN98
Pri, C, XP-Main+Apps, NTFS, 104gb, Main XP boot, apps, storage
D, Win-work, NTFS, 104gb, Data-storage/work drive for XP
E, DOS drive, FAT16, 2gb, No firm plans for it; just for hell of it
Pri, C, XP-2, backup, NTFS, 10gb, 2nd XP, to run backups on XP1
Pri, C, Linux/Other, FAT32, 10gb, Future Linux or whatever
Note: the target drive is a "250gb" that formats to 232. Currently in external USB box.
It is going to be really disorienting for quite a while, to get used to having windows/programs on 'C;' !
Question #1....is the above a 'sane' partitioning scheme? If not, what have I screwed up or missed?
Question#2- Any problems with BootitNG? I want something SIMPLE that can boot multi-primaries; something I don't need to write pages of scripts for just to boot my drive in a simple fashion.
Question#3- I have read on Thinkpad forums that if one installs XP to an external USB drive, all goes fine, except that when one then moves that drive -inside- the laptop, it will not boot! So....how do I fix that? Or will I not have that problem if I first run Easus or similar to set up partitions and have BootitNG installed PRIOR to installing the primary XP on the 2nd partition?
(I think maybe the people reporting trouble were doing plain vanilla 'microsoft way' install....shoving in CD and using XP-install to do all drive-prep)
Question #4- It seems an advantage to put swap-file as near outer-rim as possible. How is that most easily accomplished during such a partitioning/XP-install procedure?
If anything else in my plans seems like it heads me for trouble, please speak of it.
with many thanks,
Edited by grubstake, 08 December 2010 - 01:06 AM.