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Windows 7: One partition or more?

10 Jul 2011   #1

One partition or more?

I have a new Dell laptop which came with a preinstalled windows 7
The thing is it has only 1 partition C. I have always had two, C and D, one the for OS and the other for my other stuff.
My question is a bit dumb but here I go: Is it bad if I stick with 1 partition, and install all my software games and keep my music by default in C (like it's supposed to be)?

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10 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit

essentially if u have 2 partitions your creating more work for the drive, no real problems having either.

personally i stick with 1,
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10 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Two partitions, one for the OS and the other for data won't gain much. If the drive fails all is lost anyway. As Rich points out, it only creates more work for the drive.
The advantage would be with a 2nd physical drive for data.
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10 Jul 2011   #5


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I think I will stick with one. It's more organized. Music goes in the music folder, software install in the proper directories and doesn't split...and so on
I just wanted someone's opinion for which I thank you

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10 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Well if you've made up your mind, good luck. But be prepared to loose all that music etc. if the OS becomes unbootable/unrepairable or malware strikes. Unless you already have a second copy of all that music etc. on a different disk.
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10 Jul 2011   #7

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Make sure you make the Dell Recovery Disks & a Startup Repair CD.

System Repair Disc - Create

How to use Dell Recovery Partition, make Recovery Disks, & how to order Recovery Disks.
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10 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Well, you really have 3 partitions. Thus you can create more extended/logical partitions.

I highly recommend to seperate the user data from the OS. That protects your data when your OS goes on the blink and you are forced to reinstall. If you image, it also makes for smaller and faster images.

I would shrink the OS partition to 60GB (100GB if you have games) and allocate a logical partition in the free space. There you define folders for Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. Then right click on those folders and INcLUDE them into the corresponding libraries. Move your user data into these folders.

This is an alternate method over moving the original user folders to the data partition as described here. There are certain advantages to it and it can be done without any risks.
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10 Jul 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Valentin.

If you do shrink the OS C: partition and create a fourth partition of that created unallocated space, it will be an Extended partition by default, have a look at Method One #2 of this tutorial at the link below for some additional information and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Always ALWAYS use 2 partitions. Installing miscellaneous stuff in C drive is asking for trouble. And it keeps your stuff in much cleaner order too.
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