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Windows 7: Partitioning a New Computer

04 Apr 2014   #11
gregrocker

 

The point of having a separate data partition is so that you don't have to include the User folders files in the System image, only the OS and programs. If you use any other imaging program besides WIn7, it will not insist that you include the data partition in it. I'm sorry that wasn't clear enough after repeating it.

I only move the User folders that I use, leaving the others behind since they are negligible.

There can be problems occasionally like losing a Location tab on one of the User shell folders requiring to restore the User Folders - Restore Default Location, but these are rare so don't expect problems once you get it set up. We can help you all you need.


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04 Apr 2014   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Multiple partitions for different kinds of data is both overkill and can limit the amount of space one has for data.
Well, I suppose I'm known for overkill

I like having my drives set aside for specific usages. And it seems orderly to my "obsessively over-organized" mind. Maybe I have OCD?

Though, I don't think I'm losing that much space. Let's see we have the mft, ntfs properties, partition table.. And in today's world of big drives (size does matter), it doesn't seem like worth worrying about.

Although... I did run out of letters in the alphabet, because I have over a dozen drives for my stuff on my server, until I found other ways to "map" them.

My machine is dual boot though, so there has to be partitions for the other OS.. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it
As I said, partitions do have their uses. I just don't feel using partitions to segregate data types is as efficient as using folders.

Size does matter (snort, guffaw; sorry but that was funny ). While the larger drives now available do reduce space allocation issues, folders are simpler to work with. And I doubt you are any more OCD than I am, considering the number and frequency of my backups.
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04 Apr 2014   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 27dgb View Post
Thanks to all those who have provided suggestions on this subject to date. I am still having trouble coming to grips with the specific folder/s to be moved and the actual process to do so. I am learning, so please be patient.
You don't have to use C:\Users at all and therefore don't have to move anything if you don't want to. You can instead just save files directly to some other partition--D, I, F, whatever. In such a case, C would contain nothing but Windows and apps. Data would always be on some partition other than C.

I can't remember when "C:\Users" was first introduced (XP or Vista?), but I never bothered with it at all.
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05 Apr 2014   #14
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You don't have to use C:\Users at all and therefore don't have to move anything if you don't want to. You can instead just save files directly to some other partition--D, I, F, whatever. In such a case, C would contain nothing but Windows and apps. Data would always be on some partition other than C.

I can't remember when "C:\Users" was first introduced (XP or Vista?), but I never bothered with it at all.
If you move the "My" folders the "proper" way, by using the Location tab, then other software such as Office knows where they have gone and will continue using them This avoids the need to reconfigure your folder locations manually in each software you use.
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05 Apr 2014   #15
27dgb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again to all that have replied to this item. I tried the method of moving the data folders (My Documents, My Pictures, etc.) but for some reason (obviously an error I made) the My Documents folder has disappeared and I now have four icons of my data drive showing when I click Start, then my personal folder David. Will I have to re-install Win 7 to rectify this mess?
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05 Apr 2014   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Maybe, and if you have all your data on another partition you have nothing to worry about.

I totally agree with Ignatz, keep what you want and use a lot on C: and always back it up to another partition or drive.
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05 Apr 2014   #17
gregrocker

 

Type shell:UsersFilesFolder in Start Search box to see if Documents still appears under the User folder name. . If so does it have the documents icon superimposed on it? This means its still a shell (User) folder. Now rightclick on it to look at its Properties to see if there is a Location tab. Did it move successfully to where you want it?

If the folder is missing, has its location tab missing or only appears as a regular folder without the Shell folder icon on it then work through the steps for User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums to restore it to your named User folder, move it again.
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05 Apr 2014   #18
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 27dgb View Post
Thanks again to all that have replied to this item. I tried the method of moving the data folders (My Documents, My Pictures, etc.) but for some reason (obviously an error I made) the My Documents folder has disappeared and I now have four icons of my data drive showing when I click Start, then my personal folder David. Will I have to re-install Win 7 to rectify this mess?
I doubt that will be necessary, and doubt also that your personal folders have totally gone awol. Install Everything Search Engine and once it's running type all or any part of one of your filenames, or even just an extension such as .doc and Everything will find it and tell you where it is located.

Good luck!
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05 Apr 2014   #19
27dgb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

gregrocker, I typed shell:UsersFilesFolder in Start Search box to see if Documents still appears under the User folder name. It didn't.

I looked again at the User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums but I cannot see anything there that is relevant because the My Documents folder does not appear.

BJB, I downloaded Everything Search Engine and installed it. I typed in My Documents, because that is the folder I am trying to locate and selected match case as the search criteria. The search showed My Documents with the paths C:\Users|David and C:\Users\Default. I selected open path to C:\User\David and when th window opened there was no sign of My Documents folder or the other folder that has disappeared My Music. When I opened the other path, a Documents and a Music folder were present.

I tried searching "Documents" and although the list was longer, I still could not find the vanished My Documents and My Music folders.

How do I get rid of the four identical disk icons indicating the I:\ partition?
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05 Apr 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

Essentially if its not under your named User account, found by searching in Start Search box, in the location where you moved it, or in your Document Library, then proceed with the steps to restore it by using Option Two in User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums.

If you'd like to install TeamViewer at all defaults and private message back to me the ID and password I will connect to restore your Documents folder since I've done it enough it comes easy to me. I realize now it seems strange but it is not that hard.
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