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


06 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 
Is it a better idea to have media files on a different drive?

I have created a few extended partition on my current C drive. Now what if incase my OS gets corrupt then will it affect the whole of my C drive or just the partition in which I have the OS? I am asking this because currently all my data is stored on the OS drive but I will create a new extended partition and store data on it incase you say that the extended drive does not get affected if my OS drive gets corrupt.



Like in the above picture, if incase my system gets affected by a virus and my OS is affected then in that case will this damage both F and C drive or just my C drive, plus also what will be useful when I make a dual OS system, should I keep my data in C only or put my data in F.

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06 Sep 2012   #2

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I'd keep my data in a separate partition, regardless of what OS setup I had.

Even if partition issues or viruses are confined to C only, the entire drive can of course fail at any time.

I hope you have your F partition backed up to some other drive.
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06 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Yes I have backed up my data on an external drive, but what I am trying to say is that I will be soon creating another extended partition, lets say G, and I will install Windows 8 on it. So now when this case happens then I will have two OS' , so in that case will it be a better idea to have my data on F drive or on the other two drives containing the OS, i.e C or G.
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06 Sep 2012   #4

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As I said in my first post, I see no reason to have data on an OS drive.



As it is now, your data appears to be on F, NOT on an OS partition. Why change that?
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06 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I believe you are right. Thanks for the help.
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06 Sep 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I originally had this setup on my one internal hard drive. Data is where all my Documents, Pictures, Music etc is.
[System Reserved 200meg] [Windows 7 214 gig] [Data 250 gig]
I then split the windows 7 partition to dual boot with windows 8
[System Reserved 200meg] [Windows 7 107 gig] [Windows 8 107 gig] [Data 250 gig]
It hasn't caused me any problems that I know of. I don't expect any problems removing Windows 8 to go back to the original setup either. The only problem you may run into is if the drive letter of your media partition changes you may have to adjust your library locations to match.
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06 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

I am very very new to all this partitioning stuff and I have just learned some of it, so can you tell me when you say this "The only problem you may run into is if the drive letter of your media partition changes you may have to adjust your library locations to match." what do you mean by that? I mean how can the drive letter get changed untill and unless I don't do it using the disk management.
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06 Sep 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

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.
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06 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Of course it`s a good idea.
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06 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
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.
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