I'm getting a new machine and will be installing Windows 7 RC1 on it.
I want to partition drive(s) to make OS re-installation as painless as possible. I'm going to try to figure this out for NT/XP/2k/Vista/W7.
I'm going to update this question as I do more research.
Currently, I'm thinking:
C: OS/registry apps \WINDOWS (XP) \WINNT (NT/2k) \Program Files (NT/2k/XP) D: Data/non-registry apps \Documents and Settings \users (Vista/W7)
Based on experience with my latest install, I created 2 100GB partitions for the OS. That way I can re-install W7 on that partition and not blow away my old install.
See This link for instructions on how to move C:\Users to D:\Users after install.
Due to bios mis-configuration, I had to re-install the OS already. When I re-installed, I got a new UUID for myself and was unable to access my old D:\Users files. I tried to use the security tab under properties to change the permissions, but I couldn't figure out any settings that worked. The problem manifested itself as an immediate logout after trying to log in.
Anyone know how to change permissions on D:\Users after OS re-install so I can access them?