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Windows 7: Best way to partition a hard drive with windows 7

29 Jun 2010   #1
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
Best way to partition a hard drive with windows 7

Hi guys i have just setup my computer with the windows 7 on its own hard drive and all my data on a seperate hard drive.
My question is whats the best way to partition this second hard drive, i dont want to loose the data on it if possible.
I know it can be done in the computer managment with shrink volume, but i dont understable the numbers i would like to shrink one partition to approx 250 gb to store my documents and then leave the rest as a 500 Gb drive.

i have tried Acronis disk director but i had to reformat the drive after as it trashed the drive.

i have attached a screen shot of the shrink volume dialog box

Can someone please help me.




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29 Jun 2010   #2
theog

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29 Jun 2010   #3
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks fo the info but i am still not sure what i should reduce the numbers to in the (Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB)
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29 Jun 2010   #4
theog

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The way would be with NO DATA on HD, I do my HD 50/50.
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29 Jun 2010   #5
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Ok thank you for your advice
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29 Jun 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This may help to create your Data Partition: Data Partition The rest is arithmetic.
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29 Jun 2010   #7
theog

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Hi sam49

WHS video is very good, do take a look.
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29 Jun 2010   #8
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the video thats very good.
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29 Jun 2010   #9
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

For the size itself, target size in GB X 1024.

So if you want a 250GB partition ..
250 X 1024= 256000 MB
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30 Jun 2010   #10
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you all guys
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