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 Compilers, Binaries, Partitions

"A partition on a hard drive is kind of like a fence. You fence off areas of the drive that you want to assign to certain tasks, programs or purposes -- almost like a large directory that is physically separated from other directories. Windows likes to use one big partition that covers the whole drive; while convenient, this is not very safe or efficient. Ideally you'd have one partition for your virtual memory (Windows calls this either a swap file or a paging file, and it is hard drive space used as temporary memory when your programs need more than your RAM can provide), one partition for your startup files, one for programs, one for personal data and configuration settings, and one for the operating system's core files. "

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 12, 2004 )


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