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Windows 7: Multiple partitions?

06 Apr 2010   #1
ahstanford

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Multiple partitions?

Hello everyone,

I recently purchased an Asus Desktop PC with Win7 and I've realized that the computer came with two partitions - Drive C and Drive D.

Drive C - 372GB with all of Windows and my data stored on it.
Drive D - 550GB and is nearly empty.

I am wondering what the reasoning for this is, what the benefit is, if I should keep it and how it should be used?

If anyone can shed some light on this for me, I would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,
Alex


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06 Apr 2010   #2
richc46

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That drive is reserved for backup. Probably reserved for system image and restore points.
Keep it one day you will have a problem and you will be glad that you did.
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06 Apr 2010   #3
richc46

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Here is a recent thread with the same question.

What's the point of a partition?
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06 Apr 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

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Hello ahstanford, welcome to Seven Forums!



In the start menu right click computer, manage, disk management, post a snip of disk management so we can see it.

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06 Apr 2010   #5
whs
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Did you ever open D to see what's in it. It is too big for the traditional recovery partition. Also, if you look a Disk Management as BFK suggests, you may even find a 3d partition that is only 100MB.
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06 Apr 2010   #6
ahstanford

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Here is a recent thread with the same question.

What's the point of a partition?
Bill's post over there was very helpful, thanks!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello ahstanford, welcome to Seven Forums!

In the start menu right click computer, manage, disk management, post a snip of disk management so we can see it.

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Did you ever open D to see what's in it. It is too big for the traditional recovery partition. Also, if you look a Disk Management as BFK suggests, you may even find a 3d partition that is only 100MB.
Yeah, the link to the Disk Management screenshot is above, and it does seem to show a smaller third partition of 8GB.

It is showing 931.51GB total HDD size, but I thought it came with 640GB or 750GB. Weird.
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06 Apr 2010   #7
richc46

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Glad that I was able to help.
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06 Apr 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
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Hello again ahstanford.



Use D: to store all the data you don't want to lose so if/when you need to reformat and reinstall C: you don't have a potential loss of date; as a wise old indian once told me, NEVER store anything on C: you can't afford to lose; get in the habit now of making regular backups.


BTW, never molest the recovery partition in any way.
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06 Apr 2010   #9
ahstanford

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again ahstanford.



Use D: to store all the data you don't want to lose so if/when you need to reformat and reinstall C: you don't have a potential loss of date; as a wise old indian once told me, NEVER store anything on C: you can't afford to lose;
What is that little 8GB partition used for?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
get in the habit now of making regular backups.
How do I go about that?

Don't I need a second HDD for the backups?
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06 Apr 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahstanford View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again ahstanford.



Use D: to store all the data you don't want to lose so if/when you need to reformat and reinstall C: you don't have a potential loss of date; as a wise old indian once told me, NEVER store anything on C: you can't afford to lose;
What is that little 8GB partition used for?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
get in the habit now of making regular backups.
How do I go about that?

Don't I need a second HDD for the backups?

The "little partition" is the recovery partition and will be needed if you ever have to do a "Factory Recovery" of the OS.

The other partition is the place to use as storage; have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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