Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Memory and Storage

· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· AMD Video Cards
· Nvidia
· Displays
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Home and Garden
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions

Thread Tools
Old 09-29-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 12,062
Default how to partition really large drives (2TB)?

are there recommended partition sizes for best performance?
or is it ok to just leave it as one really huge ~2TB partition?

win7 x64, NTFS

MOD EDIT: Moved from General Hardware to Memory and Storage. - Zap

Last edited by Zap; 09-30-2010 at 09:41 AM.
BlahBlahYouToo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 201

I have both my drives as 1 big partition. Works fine.
Campy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 01:00 PM   #3
Platinum Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 2,428

You should be able to use it in one big partition. I've heard you can increase it a little by partitioning it according to platter count. 2 = 2 equal partitions, 3 = 3 equal partitions, ect. but don't quote me on that. I just leave my 3 platter 1TB drives in one partition and it works fine.
Workstation- Antec Sonata Solo II, Corsair 650TX, i7 3770K, NVidia GTX 670, 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz, 180GB Intel 330 SSD, 8TB WD Reds.

Gaming Build - Antec 300, Corsair 650TX, i5 760, Gigabyte GTX 660Ti, 8GB DDR3 1333, Samsung 120GB 840, 3 x 1TB Samsung F3.
Davidh373 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,116

I dont see a real advantage to dividing for partitions. There may be an advantage of using 2 HD and then try to store all your music and misc files that dont belong to the OS or a game on the second Hard Drive.

If you are running programs like scandisk on your individual partitions it might run faster in smaller partitions. However, I have not even been running that.
Asus Memo Pad 7 HD. Quad Core Tablet.
piasabird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 02:45 PM   #5
Elite Member
Currently on
Moderator Sabbatical
mfenn's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,397

Yeah, I would just make it one big partition. Statically dividing up your drive will just lead to inefficiency down the road. ("Well, damn it, I have 40GB left on partition 1, and 40GB left on partition 2, but I want to store a 50GB blu-ray rip!")
mfenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 07:40 PM   #6
Mark R
Diamond Member
Mark R's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 8,437

It's generally more convenient to have a single large partition. It may also be slightly faster, as manually partitioning the drive forces files on different partitions to be far apart.

The disadvantage is that in the event of catastrophic system corruption, there is more data at risk. On a partitioned drive, each partition has its own sel contained file-system - so corruption on one partition should affect any others.
Mark R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 09:44 AM   #7
Elite Member
Zap's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Somewhere Gillbot can't find me
Posts: 22,378

I have a couple of 2TB drives and I just use one big partition. I already have enough drive letters. I count... 17 drive letters in use on my system right now.

7 spread over 5 HDDs (one hooked up temporarily on eSATA)
4 "Removable Disk" from my multi card reader
3 networked drives
3 optical/virtual drives

I'm actually regretting partitioning my HDDs now.
The best way to future-proof is to save money and spend it on future products. (Ken g6)

SSD turns duds into studs. (JBT)
Zap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1
Default old thread re-hash

just to add a thought in there since this really led to no definitive answer. would you not want to take into account backup time. a 2tb drive with one partition can take days, even weeks, to backup depending on the file types. where if you partition it down to something like 4 partitions, backups are more easily managed. and to @mfenn comment "...I have 40GB left on partition 1, and 40GB left on partition 2, but I want to store a 50GB blu-ray rip!")" isn't a typical problematic scenario. there are easy and fast enough solutions to that and all don't involve your downtime equating to days of backup/clone time like it does when your dealing with a one partition on a 2tb full of music or pictures.

i'm still searching and deciding what to do as well with my six western digital 2tb green and four western digital 2tb red drives. so any comment/criticism is welcome. I've had the greens for a couple years now and 2 have gone bad from a 24/7 environment. that's when i learned that one big partition was a bad idea when trying to recover and backup one giant partition most recovery options worked but would estimate recover time, in a good instance, it taking 173 days...
qbert1345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 500

Format as one large partition.

It makes no sense to do otherwise.
Mfusick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #10
Diamond Member
Elixer's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 5,243

One large partition has too many negatives, and only one positive.
The positive is you have one large partition.
The negatives are, a huge PITA to backup, trying to find stuff can be more difficult, if you also install the OS to the 'one large partition' then it isn't as easy as it is to wipe the OS partition and reinstall. (BTW, this is also why a SSD comes into play now, a 128 or 256GB SSD is the perfect size for most people for the OS drive).
It takes a heck of a long time to do virus scans on a whole 2TB partition, instead of pointing it to the partition that stores your downloads.
I could go on, but unless you have a very good reason for one large partition (like you work with huge video files) then you should split it to OS (if you don't have a SSD), Data, Programs, downloads, and so on.
The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Elixer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 04:52 PM   #11
Senior Member
kache's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Travelling, from Italy
Posts: 486

Get a SSD for OS and use the 2TB only for data.
Ipsa scientia potestas est
kache is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 338

Google "locate32" for indexing and replacing the win-f function. Stick with the 1 partition IMO.
Living reality in a dream

p8z77v-deluxe, 3770K @ 4.6, +.050V offset, LLC at high, xspc raystorm/ex360 WC
GPz1100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2012, 10:53 AM   #13
Golden Member
tracerbullet's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 1,446

Originally Posted by kache View Post
Get a SSD for OS and use the 2TB only for data.
Agreed w/ this. I was thinking one large partition isn't a big deal, but then I have gotten to a point where I assume everyone is set up like this. If you aren't, IMO you should be.

I like one large partition, I see the reasons for dividing it up and it makes sense, but I don't see how simply navigating to a folder is any more difficult than navigating to a drive letter. Ditto for pointing at what to back up, etc.

One letter per platter is an interesting idea, if you could actually divvy up the drive into its individual platters and assign each a letter. Not sure if that's even possible or worthwhile if you could, I'm sure it's much faster to spread your data across them all. But interesting...
ebay / Heat
tracerbullet is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2012, 10:57 AM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 702


jimhsu is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Alpha 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.