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Windows 7: Create New parition, Seperate Windows from myData

08 Feb 2011   #1

Window 7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Create New parition, Seperate Windows from myData

Hello, I have seen many videos on how to create partitions on my computer, very helpful. All these videos show how to create the space and create the drive.

My question is how do i seperate the windows OS from my personal data (all the files that are created from various programs, downloads, etc).

My HardDrive looks like this: 100MB System Reserved and 55GB NTFS (Primary Partition, PageFile, Boot). Thats it.

I assume I will create a new partition, say 30GB of this 55GB for my files...
So 25GB for Windows and 30 for me. It that enough too small, overkill??

** Say I install a program, will that be installed in my 30GB or in Windows 25GBs?

** If I create a file from any of my applications how will the application know to place all the files I create on my side.

** Also, Once I create this new Data Partition, do I just change the "location" of My Docs, My Pics, etc? or do I need to create NEW folders in this new partition?

Thanks for any help, understanding how to actually seperate Windows and my data files that are created.

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08 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ilcaa.



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see 'first hand' what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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08 Feb 2011   #3

Window 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

thanks, here is the drive, below is a quick explaination on what/why i need to do it. Basically seperate all windwos OS functionality from my user activities (again below explains what and why.

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Read this thread 1st...Generic solution to fix OS stuttering and stalling for XP and Vista (32-bit)

SteadyState – “Safe” alternative
The “safe” alternative requires the user to create two partitions on his SSD. The first partition is the system partition where Windows resides and which will be subject to the Disk Protection of SteadyState. The second partition is the data partition, where the user data files, documents, ost- and pst files reside.

By storing the data files on a non-Windows system partition, the user will avoid potential data loss in case of power failure or system freeze but will still benefit significantly from the improvements in system responsiveness and the improved random write capacity on the non Disk Protected volume.


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08 Feb 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I haven't used it - but it's on it's way out:

Windows SteadyState will be phased out

allegedly you can do similar with this:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nzedu/arc...windows-7.aspx
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08 Feb 2011   #5

Window 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

thank you for the link, my mistake i wasnt aware SteadyState did not work on Windows 7, I should of read more clearly. i still want to learn more about partitioning the OS system from user files...

But thanks again for the link, Ill give it a read. The purpose of using SteadyState was not for its intended purpose (getting a windows machine back to an original state) I am using it to allow my SSD drive to work better and faster by changing the way it writes data to the drive, then cleaning those writes (First generation Solid State Drives, MLC-drives (including the Core series) have far greater sequential write performance than random write performance. Converting random writes into sequential writes is a very efficient way of improving performance on systems that are experiencing problems.) ---This is acheived by using SteadyState.

The initail quick glance for the enclosed docs is more for security settings and preserving a systems state, as opposed to changing writing performance, but ill look deeper and see if it mentions those topics. Thanks again'
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08 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

User Folders - Change Default Location

Best/safest to move to another HD.
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08 Feb 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's another approach, done during the original Windows installation.


User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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08 Feb 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes,

I understood your post.

I don't think Steady state replacement will help.

A new ssd is the way forward.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ilcaa View Post
thank you for the link, my mistake i wasnt aware SteadyState did not work on Windows 7, I should of read more clearly. i still want to learn more about partitioning the OS system from user files...

But thanks again for the link, Ill give it a read. The purpose of using SteadyState was not for its intended purpose (getting a windows machine back to an original state) I am using it to allow my SSD drive to work better and faster by changing the way it writes data to the drive, then cleaning those writes (First generation Solid State Drives, MLC-drives (including the Core series) have far greater sequential write performance than random write performance. Converting random writes into sequential writes is a very efficient way of improving performance on systems that are experiencing problems.) ---This is acheived by using SteadyState.

The initail quick glance for the enclosed docs is more for security settings and preserving a systems state, as opposed to changing writing performance, but ill look deeper and see if it mentions those topics. Thanks again'
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