Quote: Originally Posted by Fish4Bass
I am a little confused, ignatzatsonic mentioned using C drive for System and D drive for Data.
My computer is currently partitioned as follows:
1) SYSTEM 100 MB NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
2) OS (C
919.40 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
3) HP_RECOVERY 12.01 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition)
I guess my initial question is would it benefit me to shrink the 2nd (OS C
partition to say 100 GB? and should I first back up everything (with iso images) in case I screw up...
It's no big deal whether you want to go to a separate data partition or not.
The benefits of doing so were mentioned earlier in the thread. You aren't likely to notice any difference as regards performance. But many like to split things up for the other reasons mentioned.
Regarding backing up:
You should always back up your data before you modify partitions.
You should always know how to reinstall Windows and return to the status quo. That might be through a clean install, a restoration of an image, a "recovery" using a recovery partition on your hard drive, whatever.
Assuming I had knew how to do one of those 3 things, I probably would not make an image purely because I wanted to modify partitions. But if you are the type to want and use images, you should have done that already regardless.
You do have an HP recovery partition, so you could use that.
You should also make separate "recovery" disks (DVDs).
I WOULD be sure I had personal data backed up---as always.
Shrinking C will generate unallocated space. You would then convert the unallocated space into a partition.
You mention being confused. About what?