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Windows 7: download music from exterior hard drive to Music and Videos partition


25 Nov 2011   #1

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download music from exterior hard drive to Music and Videos partition

The other day I posted my problem with getting a new computer which had Windows 7 installed. When downloading all my backups which had been on an exterior drive, they ended up in strange places. Suddenly, I had libraries and the library had folders but all the folder were named differently. No more My Documents, my this, my that. Instead they dropped the my, which by itself would not have bee a big deal but then they put my document files into my music folder. Well that got me mad.

I'm a head-hunter and I keep everthing in Outlook Contacts. In those contacts I have links to my candidates' resumes folders. I also have links from my clients to their folders. However, after downloading, having thought I had done everything by the letter, I found the links didn't work. What a mess. I have over 1200 candidates categorized by qualifications. I have clients in a similar situation. Their links don't work either.

Then some very nice people from this site suggested I create partitions and lose the libraries. At first I was frightened. I had heard of partitions but had never been courageous enough to actually try them out. I was also angry with Microsoft because they changed things for no reason. Time is money and I'm losing money when I have to dick around with the computer instead of on the phone head-junting.

Feeling defeated, I bit the bullet, downloaded the software MiniTool Partition. It seemed easy enough but I have run into some snags.
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In my need to get organized, I deleted all the music in the music folder under libraries. And I deleted the My Documents folder from there, also. I need to make E:C&E Conn much smaller. Look C: It's huge. I need that space for my pictures. I don't think I need H: Backups because I back up to an external hard drive.

Disk 2 is the external backup, I think. When I double click, I see all my files in there, including my music folder with all my music. How do I get them into F:Music and Videos partition?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, I almost forgot, When I get a new resume in the email, I generally place it in a folder for later reading. Now, I can't place it in E:C&E. I get a message saying something like I need administrator permission. Well, I am the administrator.

Anyway - baby steps. Can you help me to tranfer the music from my external drive to F: Music and Videos?



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25 Nov 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rikkidegraz View Post

Anyway - baby steps. Can you help me to tranfer the music from my external drive to F: Music and Videos?

Normally, you would just drag them (copy, not move) with the mouse--from the external drive to F:Music and Videos. Can't you do that? But I may be misunderstanding you.

However:

First I would decide how many partitions you ultimately want to end up with on your internal drive.

You need the one named system

You need C

You don't need the others.

Plan 1: put all of your personal files on C and subdivide C with a folder structure: Music, Pictures, Video, Work, whatever suits you. 2 total partitions.

Plan 2: put only Windows and programs on C, and put all data on D. Subdivide D with a similar folder structure. 3 total partitions.

Plan 3: Put Windows on C. Use several different data partitions D, E, F, and so on. One for each data type (music, video, pictures, etc). 4 or more total partitions.

I would lean toward plan 2. You seem to have chosen plan 3.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each of those 3 plans. Plan 3 works, but having a bunch of partitions can be wasteful because you can never anticipate the proper size and growth rate of the data type on a partition.

Your pictures partition is already 80% full.

If you know for sure that you want to stay with those particular partitions, you should be able to use that tool to resize them.

Or you could delete all but system and C, then shrink C to maybe 80, then make new D, E, F, etc.

So you have a lot of control.

If you have everything backed up to the external, I would disconnect it temporarily. That way you can't make an error and foul that drive up accidentally with the tool.

You had best confirm what is on H:backups.

What is supposedly on E:C&E Conn and why that peculiar name?

Report back with your ideas and results of moving those files with a mouse.
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25 Nov 2011   #3

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No more My Documents, my this, my that. Instead they dropped the my, which by itself would not have bee a big deal but then they put my document files into my music folder. Well that got me mad.
I make a point of keeping everything in locations that I defined, like D:\music, etc. No libraries, no junctions (new links in Windows 7), etc. No windows defaults.

FWIW, I agree with ignatzatsonic that his option #2 is probably best.

If you're not used to fooling with partitions, expirement on one you don't need before you do anything with the important ones. Minitool Parition Wizard is reliable, and can do most operations without rebooting.
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27 Nov 2011   #4

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Well, I don't know exactly how I did it but I did manage to make the "My Documents" partition larger and now everything seems to be in the right place. I also deleted the, now, extra partitions. So that seems to be somewhat resolved.

Thank you all for pointing me in the right direction. I know I have many more things to do to make this computer "mine".
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27 Nov 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rikkidegraz View Post

Anyway - baby steps. Can you help me to tranfer the music from my external drive to F: Music and Videos?

Normally, you would just drag them (copy, not move) with the mouse--from the external drive to F:Music and Videos. Can't you do that? But I may be misunderstanding you.

However:

First I would decide how many partitions you ultimately want to end up with on your internal drive.

You need the one named system

You need C

You don't need the others.

Plan 1: put all of your personal files on C and subdivide C with a folder structure: Music, Pictures, Video, Work, whatever suits you. 2 total partitions.

Plan 2: put only Windows and programs on C, and put all data on D. Subdivide D with a similar folder structure. 3 total partitions.

Plan 3: Put Windows on C. Use several different data partitions D, E, F, and so on. One for each data type (music, video, pictures, etc). 4 or more total partitions.

I would lean toward plan 2. You seem to have chosen plan 3.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each of those 3 plans. Plan 3 works, but having a bunch of partitions can be wasteful because you can never anticipate the proper size and growth rate of the data type on a partition.

Your pictures partition is already 80% full.

If you know for sure that you want to stay with those particular partitions, you should be able to use that tool to resize them.

Or you could delete all but system and C, then shrink C to maybe 80, then make new D, E, F, etc.

So you have a lot of control.

If you have everything backed up to the external, I would disconnect it temporarily. That way you can't make an error and foul that drive up accidentally with the tool.

You had best confirm what is on H:backups.

What is supposedly on E:C&E Conn and why that peculiar name?

Report back with your ideas and results of moving those files with a mouse.
I've made changes. C&E Conn is the name of my company. As you can see, the "tree" on the left needs work. Is there a way to have the "My Documents" partition listed more prominently since I'll be accessing that partition all the time? I thought I'd attach pictures since that makes it easier to explain.


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27 Nov 2011   #6

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It looks to me like C is really cramped--at least 95% full. C tends to grow over time due to Windows updates and newly installed programs. I would resize it to at least 60, preferably 80. You don't want it starved for space.

You should be able to reassign the drive letters of your "My Documents" partition to D and your DVD drive to E, using Windows Disk Management. First, change the DVD drive letter to E, and then reassign D to "My Documents".
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27 Nov 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
It looks to me like C is really cramped--at least 95% full. C tends to grow over time due to Windows updates and newly installed programs. I would resize it to at least 60, preferably 80. You don't want it starved for space.

You should be able to reassign the drive letters of your "My Documents" partition to D and your DVD drive to E, using Windows Disk Management. First, change the DVD drive letter to E, and then reassign D to "My Documents".
Thank you for getting back to me. I did as you said but now I have two icons for DVD drive. Also, the HDDRecovery won't let me change the size of the partition even though it takes up very little resources.

Should I worry?


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27 Nov 2011   #8

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You appear to have made C much larger than needed. It is now nearly 400 GB.

Leave HDDRecovery partition alone. It is needed to restore your PC to the day of purchase if that is ever needed. It takes up relatively little space.

Type Disk Management into the Windows start button search box, go to Disk Management, and post a picture of what you see.

I wouldn't worry about the duplicate DVD drives just yet.
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27 Nov 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You appear to have made C much larger than needed. It is now nearly 400 GB.

Leave HDDRecovery partition alone. It is needed to restore your PC to the day of purchase if that is ever needed. It takes up relatively little space.

Type Disk Management into the Windows start button search box, go to Disk Management, and post a picture of what you see.

I wouldn't worry about the duplicate DVD drives just yet.
OK here is the picture you requested.


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27 Nov 2011   #10

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That looks pretty good, other than the way too large C.

I'm not sure what that first 1.46 GB partition is? Your boot files are on C, so you might be able to get rid of the 1.46 GB partition, depending on what else is on it. Or just leave it alone since it is quite small.

I see only 1 DVD drive in Disk Management, a good sign.

I would shrink C to maybe 80 and try to add the generated free space to D. Then post another screen shot of Disk Management.
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