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Windows 7: moving the partition containing "my documents"

27 Jun 2013   #11
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, post up a screenshot first of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image along with preference for how you want partitions laid out, and we will give you the steps.

Do you want a new data partition on the OS HD?
Thanks Gregrocker and WHS for your tips. I had the old partition as a primary partition on the old drive. So I created a new primary ptn on another drive and just copied all the files (which, I think, ends up de-fragging them in the process because the copy will be sequential within each file), chaned drive letters and re-booted. It's all doner and working fine.

You're right that I didn't want to play with logical or dynamic ptns. The limit of 4 primaries on a drive is OK for me.


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27 Jun 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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You're right that I didn't want to play with logical or dynamic ptns. The limit of 4 primaries on a drive is OK for me.
There is a trap though of which you have to be aware - if you want to create an additional extended (logical) partition, the limit on the primaries is 3 and NOT 4.

If you try to create an extended partition on a disk with 4 primaries, you end up with dynamics.
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27 Jun 2013   #13
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I am expecting a replacement drive soon so I will be able to move my data to it and delete the ptn. Then I can start on my plan to move my OS ptn to an SSD (using the Apricorn PCIE adapter+SSD).
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27 Jun 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

You should post up the requested screenshot so we can advise you how to convert one Primary to Logical so you can add as many other adjacent logicals as you want.

You'd want to keep the SYstem and any bootable OEM partitions (Recovery, Diagnostics) Primary, so for example on HP's it is C that should be converted.
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27 Jun 2013   #15
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You should post up the requested screenshot so we can advise you how to convert one Primary to Logical so you can add as many other adjacent logicals as you want.

You'd want to keep the SYstem and any bootable OEM partitions (Recovery, Diagnostics) Primary, so for example on HP's it is C that should be converted.
Here's my whole setup.


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27 Jun 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

Please also follow the steps exactly as given in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image to maximize the window, show all columns and listings as well as full map, and capture and post the image.
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27 Jun 2013   #17
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Here is the snipped file as a PNG.


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27 Jun 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

Make the space on C drive to copy the old Documents partition onto using How to Copy Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Copy Partition Video Help.. If moving the partition causes any problems then create a new Partition there and copy the files into it.

Be aware you can only have four Primary partitions on a HD or you must convert one to Logical to add as many adjacent Logical Partitions as you want. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

The correct way to link your Documents or any other User folders from Win7 to a data partition is to either move the User folder to the folder you've made on the data partition for it: User Folders - Change Default Location

or rightclick the folder to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums setting the data drive location as the default for that User folder.

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