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Windows 7: Screenshot showing one partition/ should i have another?

25 Oct 2014   #1
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Screenshot showing one partition/ should i have another?

New SSD and not sure if it's wise to have two partitions instead of just one or does it matter?

Thanks




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27 Oct 2014   #2
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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New SSD and not sure if it's wise to have two partitions instead of just one or does it matter?
There is no need to partition. Partitions are really just for user convenience and in fact, can actually degrade performance on hard drives (though we're talking a few scant milliseconds).

What often happens, especially with smaller drives, is the user allocates too little for the boot partition and fails to consider the inevitable consumption of disk space due to Windows Updates, patches, driver updates, Page File usage, program installs, etc. So sometime down the road, the user is forced to start over, or attempt to resize the partitions - a risky procedure even with the best partition managers.

If that is a ~250 - 265Gb SSD then, if me, I would leave it as it is.
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27 Oct 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The big problem with multiple partitions is that no matter how much care was used in selecting the sizes one partition will often prove too small while others have space to spare. Even experts get this wrong. With folders the file system will distribute disk space as needed.

Many people have one partition for the OS and applications and another for data. The OS can then be reinstalled without touching your data. But if you maintain regular backups (as you should) that will not be a big issue anyway. But doing this requires that you make many decisions as to where specific data will be stored. Many people have created a secondary partition, accepted the defaults for everything when saving files, and find that the OS partition is almost full and the other nearly empty. It takes planning and self discipline to avoid this. People who do this successfully have learned from experience, making many mistakes along the way.

Most people are best served with a single partition. Many systems will have other partitions created during OS installation and I do not include these.

Also understand that before repartitioning a drive containing data you should have a full backup of everything on the drive in the event that something goes wrong. This is unusual but it does happen.
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27 Oct 2014   #4
Digerati

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Most people are best served with a single partition.
I agree. If I need another partition, I usually just get another drive.
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27 Oct 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
New SSD and not sure if it's wise to have two partitions instead of just one or does it matter?
Your screenshot is unusual in that you do not have a System Reserved partition. Most people do.

No problem. You apparently partitioned your drive manually before installing Windows, which will omit System Reserved---rather than letting Windows do the partitioning as part of the install process---which would create BOTH C and System Reserved.

All it means is that your boot files are on the C partition, rather than in a separate System Reserved.

I don't have a System Reserved either. Carry on. Nothing is wrong.
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29 Oct 2014   #6
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So sorry i forgot about this and just found it , i very much appreciate everyones responses and am very grateful .

Sorry for the late response.
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29 Oct 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Your screenshot is unusual in that you do not have a System Reserved partition. Most people do.
If you install the system into a predefined active partition, then there will be no system partition. The installer will always place the bootmgr into the first active partition that it finds.

You may recall the problem with an installation on a new SSD on a system that also has a HDD with an active partition. Then the bootmgr may end up on the HDD and not on the SSD. That's why we always recommend to disconnect the HDDs during such installation process.
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