I have a new laptop arriving in the next day or so. I'm mainly a linux user, but as this new laptop has Windows 7 on it I'll want to keep that on a partition.

The harddrive is 550gb, so I'm thinking of dedicating 100gb to Win7, 125gb to media, 100gb to shared documents (may sound excessive but too much is better than too little, especially with the hastle of resizing!) and 150gb to Ubuntu - with 100gb left for toying with other Linux distros.

What I'm wondering is the effects that this will have on the laptop's performance. Would accessing documents on the current partition be slower if other partitions are available? Would accessing documents on a different partition be slower?

Also, with Ubuntu it is a matter of a few clicks to mount a partition and map it to a directory. How easy is this with Windows 7? Is it also possible to map 'My Pictures' with PartitionX/Pictures, 'My Music' with PartitionX/Music etc?

Thanks guys