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Windows 7: Disc management question for a clean install

13 Jul 2009   #11

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saverio View Post
Hi all, I'm having fun and games at the moment with a backup nightmare on another thread.

I'd like to ask you experts who know the MS OS very well your thoughts on the following:

I am looking to do a clean vanilla install again and use easy transfer to move the two users on the system.

My system has the following drives:

Velociraptor 10K 300gb drives x2
250gb drives x2
500gb drive x1

Currently the 10K volumes are in a raid 0 and hold everything - all users folders, the whole shooting match.

The 2x 250gb drives are sitting idle, I had planned to have each user holding one drive for their files, however I did a test with my own user folder and some files wouldn't move and others deleted etc
(in mac OS we just use location manager to 'point' a folder like 'user saverio' to another volume - and it's that easy.)

The 500gb volume is currently acting as a dump; scratch discs, disc ISO's and music folders backup etc.

If you had these volumes, how would you organise your system? Would you raid or not?

thanks for your thoughts in advance and I look forward to seeing how the experts would do it!

Mine is almost identical. I striped my 2 raptor drives and installed Windows 7 on it, and use it for my programs.. Then I striped my 2 500GB drives and used that for my docs/data/music/pics/tv/movies.

I use windows home server for backups so I am not worried about one drive failing and ruining the stripe, but its something to keep in mind.

for yours, I would stripe the 2 300's and install windows and all apps, and use the other 3 for music, docs, movies, tv, etc.... or create a JBOD raid and throw everything on there, giving you roughly 900GB after formatting.

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13 Jul 2009   #12


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Im not sure I completely understand what your agreeing/disagreeing to here.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Moving account subfolders:

1. open windows explorer
2. go to c:\users\<account>
3. right click on one of the folders you wish to move and select properties
4. go to locate tab and click on move button
5. select a new location for the folder (I create a folder first then select that folder in the mover)

This is the preferred way to move these folders.
I disagree with your assessment of this being the preferred methodology.

This method leaves your registry files, almost all log files, AppData, temp files, TIF, et cetera on the system drive. Assigning USERPROFILES et al suring installation relocates the lot in one fell swoop. I have yet to identify all of the various log files written to C:\Windows, nor have I prevented other miscellaneous writes to PROGRAMFILES, but I am trying.

Historically, this was important only in that it was my self-appointed goal - an effort to tweak out every last bit of I/O from C: and to distribute that I/O across multiple volumes to the maximum extent possible. Now it is my mission to do so to address the 4 kb/512 kb issue in SSDs. Theory vs. application.

It all started the one and only time that I lost "C:\Documents and Settings" in XP during a re-install.
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