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Windows 7: Question - using a seperate Data partition?

27 Oct 2009   #1

 
 
Question - using a seperate Data partition?

My HD has 2 partitions, one for the OS (c: drive) and a second (unused D: drive) data partition.

Just installed Windows 7 Professional on the OS partition - works great.

My Questions - I had planned to put all my applications on the data partition but now I'm reconsidering and may want to put everything on c: partition, it just seems simpler. Another reason, I'm not quite sure how to make the installed programs always go to the D drive.

Second question - Can I simply delete the d partition (Computer Management, Disk Management) and them make it part of the c drive?

Suggestions greatly appreciated.

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27 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I would personally recommend that you keep your dual partition setup and use your second partition for the storage of your data files.

This would mean that should you have an issue with the OS partition your data is better protected from deletion.

With windows 7 you can either direct the standard special folders, documents, pictures, Etc.), to the data partition or use libraries to organise the data
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27 Oct 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i agree 100% with Barman58,

it's always a good idea to have a separate partition for all your pictures, music, documents etc.

if something bad happens to your windows installation, and you need to format and reinstall, you know that your data/document partition will be safe.
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28 Oct 2009   #4

 
 
Keep partitions

At the very least, use the other partition for back-ups.
I have software ( inc the OS) on drive C: and data on other partitions or drives ( I also have two HDs , backup is on the second drive).
Win 7 has a pretty good back-up and imaging utility that will secure your stuff on another partition, but it needs plenty of space.
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28 Oct 2009   #5

 
 

Thanks to all who replied, it was greatly appreciated.
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17 Nov 2009   #6

 
 
how 2 do this with folders like documents pics etc?

"With windows 7 you can either direct the standard special folders, documents, pictures, Etc.), to the data partition or use libraries to organise the data"

if im going to have a data partition I have wondered what to call the various folders and collections of folders - the same name as they are on C or something different. Is there a tutorial for this? Thanks!

Msongs
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17 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

If you're going to save the standard folders under your username on the desktop, create a folder called users, then copy the username on the desktop to the new users directory
"all files and folders will be transferred.

You;ll receive an error about not being able to copy a couple flies, but just disregard it.
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