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Windows 7: Hard drive


07 Jan 2010   #1

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Hard drive

I have one hard drive at the moment 1tb, I have 2 partitions C:windows (of course) D:Program files, Im planning on adding another duplicate HD just for Program files, I know i can clone a HD but can I clone just D partition to new HD, Then change D partition to G then change new HD to the D drive without messing up all the installed programs, I then plan to use G to store just pictures, music, movies, Work files only and the New D drive to stay progams, games etc.


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07 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Since your program folders are on the second partition your best use of the new drive would be for storage. While you can boot live with a GParted live cd in order to copy the entire partition from one drive to the next the present location is a main factor as far as the system registry is concerned.

One of the main problems of seeing programs installed to secondary partitions/drives is once something is changed they no longer work! Besides registry values new shortcuts to the new location are needed for those programs which will still run from the folders themselves.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
whs
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Why are you making things so complicated. It would be a lot easier just to move your user files to the new drive. Just make sure you have defined folders on the new drive before you move things (in Properties > Location tab).
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07 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

And? The one thing you are not looking at there is the new registry entries created by each program's installer.

Copying a partition itself is basic with a number of programs available. Getting the programs to work afterwards even when changing drive letters is another. You'll likely need to reinstall at least some of the programs to have those working again due to how each program was initially set up.
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07 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 RTM 64bit
 
 

My thinking was when i changed new HD to be called D all the programs that have shortcuts and registry entries would still work because they were installed on D to begin with, and I have a 1tb for storage, Im not purely installing it for more storage. I like to have multiple things running that are on both partitions atm, Thought i would get a little faster performance when i have certain programs split on different Hd's
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07 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Simply changing the copied partition to D wouldn't solve any registry problem since you are also changing things physically to a separate hard drive. This is where things will get tricky there in order to have everything working over performing a fresh install of each with brand new reg entries and shortcuts.

As for oerformance that's always a mixed debate there with many custom installing programs to secondary partitions and drives in order to free up the OS primary. If you start filling the second partition now D on the host drive too fast you may wish later that the second new drive had been used for storage while leaving the first unchanges.

Presently I have two 1tb drives set aside for storage and would like to grab a 2tb for backing those up at some point. You would surprized how fast a drive will fill if you are regularly adding new files to any partition or drive!
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07 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 RTM 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your help, Yea i know how fast. I have 1 tb external already 75% full and another 500gb 100% used. I guess ill just throw in new HD and start installing on it and not worry about coping things over.
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07 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When testing began on the 7 beta builds here I soon found myself pulling a drive out of the external usb housing it came in to allow for more space. That was on top of one 1tb drive later to see a second one added in for storage. The 1tb model now in replaced the first 500gb pulled out of the usb enclosure!

When buying the second 1tb WD Green Power to add to the first that was also simply pulled out of the external case and installed internally. The lower end drives by each manufacturer seem to be the series used for external drives there. Once Raptors grow in size or SSDs come down in price..... who knows!
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07 Jan 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

USB3 will be another good answer. The first drives and mobos with USB3 are already out.
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08 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I just saw one review a few days back on a WD external drive with the USB 3.0 interface. The blog writer reported that it was 4.7 times faster then the equivalent 2.0 version! Ponder on just that and wonder how fast other devices will see transfer rates! eureka!
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