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Windows 7: New laptop, partition size confusion! Advice please!

19 Mar 2012   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Shrinking a partition will not erase any data on the existing partition.

150GB should be ample for your future needs.

All I will say is, backup any personal data first just in case anything does go wrong.


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19 Mar 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marco772 View Post
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I am still assuming that, if I'm just keeping the OS on it and any installed programs, that 339GB is a bit excessive? If I reduce it to, say, 150GB do you think that will be enough? I've been reading some people use as little as 60GB for theirs so I would assume 150GB still leaves a lot of leeway?
339 is excessive. 150 would give you plenty of leeway.

Many use a C of 60 or less and have no problems. It's all a matter of proper management/maintenance and how many apps you need to install to C. I have over 50 applications installed and use less than 30 GB on C.

If I had 678 GB to split up, as you do, I'd probably go with 78 for C and 600 for D--something like that--unless I had an oddball situation. You are the best judge of how much space you need for C.

And you can make a wild guess about how fast your data is growing. If you are not into video files in any form, it's unlikely the occupied space on your data partition will grow rapidly. In such a case, you might give a little more space to C and less to D. Use your own judgement.
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19 Mar 2012   #13
TVeblen

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One thing to mention, as it is an issue we hear about so many times here, is that because of some internal needs of Windows sometimes the Disk Management method will not let you reduce the size of the partition as much as you planned on. This limitation is due to the location of the PageFile and Hibernation Files on the partition.

If you run into this problem you will have to make a decision. Go with what Disk Management will give you, or use Partition Wizard bootable CD to get what you want. Because PW is working outside of the Windows environment, it can do things that Windows cannot.
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19 Mar 2012   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Further to the above comment, have a look at this tutorial.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Many of us use Partition Wizard from its boot disc and get on well with it.
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21 Mar 2012   #15
marco772

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
One thing to mention, as it is an issue we hear about so many times here, is that because of some internal needs of Windows sometimes the Disk Management method will not let you reduce the size of the partition as much as you planned on. This limitation is due to the location of the PageFile and Hibernation Files on the partition.

If you run into this problem you will have to make a decision. Go with what Disk Management will give you, or use Partition Wizard bootable CD to get what you want. Because PW is working outside of the Windows environment, it can do things that Windows cannot.
Hmm, this seems to be what has happened! I wanted to shrink it to 150GB, thus reducing it by 189GB, but it seems it'll only let me reduce it by 158GB leaving me with 181GB.

I've attached the photo showing this just to be sure. Does this mean I WILL need to use Partition Wizard as my next easiest option?

Thanks again

Mark


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21 Mar 2012   #16
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Yes, this is the very reason why many of us use Partition Wizard.

It is much more flexible than Windows 7's disk management utility.

Have a look at the tut I linked you to and post back if there is anything you are uncertain about.
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21 Mar 2012   #17
marco772

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks, have downloaded the ISO but probably won't get to play about with it now until tomorrow, but will let you know if I get stuck!
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22 Mar 2012   #18
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It's very intuitive.
Boot with the CD, click Resize icon, choose the disk and partition you want to resize, and the drag the slider bar till it says 150GB, and let 'er rip!
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22 Mar 2012   #19
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you can't get exactly the size you want by using the slider, you can always type the figures in manually.
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22 Mar 2012   #20
marco772

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello again! Thanks very much, that did the trick and was as easy as you all said! I now have 120 for the OS and almost 600GB on the data drive. Much more sensible I think!

All I have to do know if find out how to move the Libraries from the C drive to the D (Data) drive and make that the default for saving files/downloads etc...phewee...
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