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Windows 7: Partition

09 Feb 2012   #1
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 
Partition

I'm not sure how to do this and frankly I'm learning alot from this board and I do appricate it. Here's my question:

I have one USB drive (32GB's) and I would like to do is partition it so that on one side is my boot drive (in case the computers crashes) and on the other side I would like to use it for storage/data backup. Is this possible? If it is possible, how would I go about doing it.

Thanks.


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09 Feb 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't bother partitioning a 32 GB drive, aside from one large partition. It might not fit, but you could try storing a system image on it, with something like Acronis or Macrium...as long as it offered compression. You can't boot and run Windows from a USB drive anyway (just the installer). Acronis has a bootable CD, so you could boot from that and point it to your USB drive to pull back the image. However, you would need to update this image often.

My method is to not both with backing up the actual OS or programs, because they can all be reinstalled quickly (under 2 hours). My data is what's important to me, so I only worry about backing that up.

That all being said, if this is a flash drive, you don't want to use that as a backup method. You would be much better off with a regula hard drive in a USB or eSATA carrier.
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09 Feb 2012   #3
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you for your responds, as I guess I should of been more clear on what I want to do.

I want to put the installer on the usb and not the image of the system/programs on the other partition. I agree that personal data is the most important thing as with me. So my thinking (if it can be done) is this. On 32GB USB stick, on partition A, put the installer for windows. On partition B, put my data that is sync with various programs throughout the day. The disk image of "C" is on my large internal D drive (only place where it would fit). So now if my system does crash or something like that, I could tell the computer to boot windows from my USB drive, go to my "D" drive and pull the image and reload it.

I've been playing with Macrium alot as the other software you mention I don't like as I've played with it. Seems like they want to give you the software, try it for 30 days and in the meantime put things in their cloud. Forget it, what's on my computer stays on my computer.
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09 Feb 2012   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Ah, yes, then that can be done easily. You could probably use Disk Management to create a partition, maybe 6 GB in size to give it plenty of room. Then, you can use any .iso file along with the Microsoft USB/DVD Tool to create a bootable installer. We have tutorials here that will let you create one installer that does every version of Windows 7, including both platforms.

Once that's complete, Disk Management should let you create a second partition to store your data.

http://www.sevenforums.com/printthread.php?t=85813
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09 Feb 2012   #5
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

I knew that would make better sense now. If this works out ok I will purchase the program, but I'm wondering how much smaller their program can make a let's say a 100GB file into an image?

What is the differences between an image and cloning a drive?

Why doesn't windows see an SD Card and can't boot from it?
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09 Feb 2012   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

1. There's no program to purchase. Everything I listed is free, including the MyDigitalLife site to download the .iso files you need, if you don't have them already. As for the compression, that depends largely on what type of data you have stored in that image. Differently file types can be compressed in different percentages.

2. Imaging is creating a file that can be used at a later date or repeatedly to restore a system. Cloning creates no file, but copies directly from a source disk to the target disk.

3. That is most likely because of the interface. A flash drive connects directly to a USB port. An SD Card connects directly to a card reader, which is connected to the USB port.
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09 Feb 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
I knew that would make better sense now. If this works out ok I will purchase the program, but I'm wondering how much smaller their program can make a let's say a 100GB file into an image?

What is the differences between an image and cloning a drive?

Why doesn't windows see an SD Card and can't boot from it?
When you want to carry out a backup you create a system image, and then use that image to recover your computer to a previous state as and when necessary.

When you clone a drive you are just moving ort copying the entire contents of one drive to another.

Difference between Backup and Disk Clone | Knowledge Base
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09 Feb 2012   #8
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Okay got the cloning and image part. Now I ran into a problem. I'm trying to partition a USB, but according to a program I'm using it states that windows will not allow it, is this true?


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09 Feb 2012   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Interesting. I'll have to wait for someone else to comment. I've never tried partitioning a flash drive before.

I have one 8 GB drive I use for my Windows 7 installer, and then a second, 16 GB drive I use for all my common programs and driver files.
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09 Feb 2012   #10
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

I will wait on this and do some research as well. In the meantime I can just create another folder and store my stuff there.

After I make this image of my system/program I would like to test it. There by inserting my usb into the port, boot off the usb and then see what happens. I don't want to over write anything as this is for testing only. Do I need to do this or just take the word of the software that it is good?
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