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Windows 7: Stupid Newbie Question

31 Jul 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Here is a good Imaging program and an excellent tutorial on its use, at the links below.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition

Imaging with free Macrium

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31 Jul 2010   #12
Propwash Pete

Windows 7 64 bit

Here's a screenshot of my disk managament. Is this what you need?

Propwash Pete

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31 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

You should be able to just move files to you D partition. Look at my previous post for a guide on how to set your normal My Ducument, My Music, etc. folders to be on your D drive.
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31 Jul 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Yeah, all is well. The recovery partition is hidden (no drive letter). That's where the confusion came from because usually it is the D partition. You can go ahead and move the data to your D. You may even want to subdivide D. Just make sure you create an extended partition and not another primary.
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31 Jul 2010   #15


Were you provided with any Recovery Disks or Win7 OS DVD by Dell? I understand they have recently stopped doing this. On clean reinstalls, we normally wipe the OEM partition which provides the useless Dell utilities and the Recovery partition if there are disks instead.

However Dell's Recovery Partition works unusually well, although it would have to be carefully studied during reimaging to see if it wants to overwrite your D data partition or allows you to choose only to reimage C. It is likely better to make your own image of C stored externally so you can reimage C easily should WIn7 become irreparable.

First get it all set up as you want, with the bloatware programs removed using Revo uninstaller, all startup freeloaders (besides AV and gadgets) removed from msconfig>startup list, HD perfectly cleaned and ordered using CCleaner ("Run Cleaner" and Registry tabs) and Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers, google repeat errors in Event Viewer>Admin View to eventual resolution.

Since the Recovery partition is marked System Active, it will want to include it if you use the built-in Win7 imaging app, so consider using free Macrium Reflect or Paragon which allow more flexibility to choose.

Keep a set of your active User folders also backed up externally in case of HD failure or the forced need to restore to factory condition using the Recovery partition.
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31 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try this:
1) Click the Start Button, then click on you user-name at the top right:
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2) Right-click on "Documents", then select "Properties":
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3) In the "Documents Properties" window, click the "Location" tab, then click "Move". Browse to your D:, select the folder where you want "Documents" to be located (create a new folder, if necessary). Click "Select Folder":
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4) When you have changed the location, click "Apply" to confirm the change, and allow Windows to move ALL the files.

5) When done copying, click "OK"

6) The above procedure will work for "Contacts", "Desktop", "Documents", "Downloads", "Favourites", "Links", "Music", "Pictures", "Videos", "Saved Games" and "Searches", although the folders most often relocated by users are "Documents", "Pictures", "Videos" and "Downloads", because those folders usually take up the most space with user files.

You can also read the User Folders - Change Default Location tutorial (written by Brink) for more information.

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31 Jul 2010   #17
Propwash Pete

Windows 7 64 bit
Status Update

Here's where I am so far. I have not re-sized the D drive or the C drive yet because it seems a little above my pay grade. I have moved things over from C to D to free up space on the C drive. I'm going to approach this one step at a time because I can see where I am trodding on trecherous soil. One mistake and it's all over. Stay tuned.

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01 Aug 2010   #18


You may not need to resize either drive if you succeed in moving your User folders to the D data drive.
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01 Aug 2010   #19

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I wouldn't make any more changes since you can move your stuff over now. Just keep 20GB free on the C drive and you'll be fine from here on.
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01 Aug 2010   #20

Windows 7 Pro

My hard drive was partitioned by Dell with 58.5 GB on Drive C and 527 GB on Drive D
Drive D is normally the recovery drive for the operating system. Your user manual should tell you what Drive D is for. You should also make the recovery disks for your pc unless it came with the install disk.

527 GB on Drive D would be insane for a recovery drive. A recovery drive is normally only a few gb.

I would give Dell a call; they should be able to help you without any charges if the computer is less than a year old.
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