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Windows 7: Is it a better idea to have media files on a different drive?

06 Sep 2012   #11
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I prefer to keep my media on different drives,






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06 Sep 2012   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

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Windows determines the drive letters. For instance, I'm booted up into Windows 8 right now. Disk management shows Windows 8 as C and the Windows 7 partition as G. If I boot up into Windows 7 disk management shows the Windows 7 partition as C and Windows 8 as G. They get reversed when I switch from Windows 8 to Windows 7. I had to change some drive letters around so that my Data partition was D for both 7 & 8 and my DVD was E for both. After that I moved my user folders to D. Windows 7 and Windows 8 both show the Location for my Documents folder as D:\Documents. If the drive letter of my Data partition gets changed Windows won't be able to find my Documents, Pictures, and Music,etc.
Oh I get it now, can you tell me as well, how can I make such a setting so that I don't my F drive which currently has all my data has the same letter in both the OS. Though I have not installed windows 8 right now, but still for the future.
You can change the drive letters in disk management.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
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07 Sep 2012   #13
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for this guys, now I am facing another problem, I have my hard disk with total space of 445 GB after excluding 20GB for the Recovery. Now I have made F drive which is 200 GB and C drive as 245 GB as you can see in my first post, but now when I try to make a partition of the 245 GB drive then it is allowing me to shrink it just by 100 Gb not more, even though I have nearly 180 GB free. Please tell me how can I shrink to at least 180 GB?
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07 Sep 2012   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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07 Sep 2012   #15
wildpig1234

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

If you can spare $50 or maybe less, best thing is get an SSD for boot only and use yr hd only for storage. even a small old recent hd (not too old as then it will be too slow) for o/s only is still better than having boot and data storage on one physical hd IMHO
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07 Sep 2012   #16
boogieboy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Well it's always a good idea to have media on the other drives than having them in the OS drive.. When i say media im talking about setups, songs, movies, images etc. not talking about Installed softwares on OS drive.
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07 Sep 2012   #17
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for all the advice guys.
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12 Sep 2012   #18
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Okay guys I have now made the changes with the help of partition wizard, you can see my photo to see how my disk partitions currently look like.



I have a few questions, after using these three softwares I found the following:

Disk management: Allows merging of partitions, but gives restrictions when extending the partition
Partition Wizard home edition: Allows extending to the full extent but when trying to merge,it says that this function is not supported by the home edition.
Partition Wizard server edition: As the demo version is available online, and the full version is very expensive, I used the demo one and when trying to merge or extend the partition it says that neither of the functions could be done.

So my question is that how is it possible to able to all the disk management functions without any restrictions.
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12 Sep 2012   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I think some of the restrictions on the built in disk management come from it not being able to move some system files. It may show X amount of free space but it may not be continuous free space. There may be free space, some files or folders and then more free space. It can only shrink back to that file or folder. Running a defrage and doing a disk cleanup may free that space up. When you use a third party tool, especially one that boots to its own environment, those locked system files can be moved. The free version is restricted because they want you to buy the full version. The typical bait and switch.
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12 Sep 2012   #20
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Okay what you are saying might be true but once I saw that my disk management is giving me less than 17 to shrink although I had like 180GB free, I did defragmentation for my C drive, and guess what, once I tried disk management again after defragmenting my C drive, It showed me even lesser amount to shrink.

So my question is still unanswered, is there any software or any other way to get one tool which allows both merge and extending partitions, without paying huge amount of money like buying pro edition of partition wizard.
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