[QUOTE=debro;2558949]The 120GB SSD is too small to bother partitioning, and separating OS & programs has no real benefit.[/QUOTE]
I’d normally separate them on a larger drive, because I couldn’t be bothered doing simple housekeeping ie: like ensuring that programs are not caching config/resume files to the OS drive …
However, 120GB for a Windows 7 install with programs is already pretty tight, and by breaking the partition up, the chance of having twice the unusable space is higher (ever have 2 partitions with 3GB left, and you need to install/save something that’s 4GB? Arrrrrrrgh!!!).
And as mentioned, for a Windows install, nearly all programs need a full reinstall regardless, if you windows OS gets pooched, because of the history of extremely poor file management strategies … programs can dump files everywhere … and so programs have installed files everywhere … including the windows system directory.
In linux, you break up your programs to a separate partition from the main OS, because all necessary files (except dependencies) are installed in the programs directory … and user specific configuration files are stored in the users “Home” directory (which should ALWAYS be a separate partition).
Following a reinstallation of linux (usually due to OS upgrade, rather than failure) everything works again without a full reinstall … but that’s a huge generalisation … it seems that major distro updates break 1/2 of everything randomly for no discernible reason