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Partitioning suggestions/questions

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Hey folks!

Thanks to this forum I have my first build up in no time and functioning great. I have a 500 gb drive and until now was unfamiliar with partitioning. My questions:

1. Is partitioning through the Vista OS equivalent to partitioning when initially formatting the hard drive?

2. I read that I should have a small (30gb) partition at the front of the drive to house only the OS so that it stays compact and does not get spread throughout the hard drive over its lifespan. this is for speed purposes. Would it be worth re-formatting the entire drive to achieve this? I can "shrink" the drive in vista but the smallest I can get it now is a couple hundred gb. I have about 10 gb of photos transfered so far from my old system, as well as a program or two loaded (it's only been running one week) so it wouldn't be the end of the world.

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1) To a degree yes, though it won't allow you the luxury of ripping all the partitions out.
2) Many stories of setting up systems in certain fashions tend to be either urban legends or just setups that don't work on every configuration. For most users just having one big partition is good enough. Feel free to try other online suggestions though.
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