Last week I downloaded and installed the Windows 7 release candidate (free for anyone to use till June of next year) and the whole process was much easier because I’ve got my PC’s hard drive well-partitioned.
I’ve got to be conversant with many operating systems, so right now I’m triple-booting XP, Vista, and Windows 7 on my PC (not to mention using OS X on my MacBook Pro). This is definitely overkill for non-tech writers, but I do think it’s a good idea for power users to separate their data onto a standalone partition.
This morning at Lifehacker I ran down exactly how to do that, and what the benefits and drawbacks are. Here’s the full article: How to separate your data from Windows on a standalone partition.