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Windows 7: Partioning

25 Nov 2011   #1
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Partioning

Hello sevenforums!

I have two partitions: C (for documents, system, programs) and D (recovery partition).

So I want to shrink C and then use the unallocated space to create a partition.
This partition will be used for backups (as one compressed file) and should house all my documents. perhaps I will later decide to move all program files to that partition.

How do I move files into the partition?
First concern: I am used to using a partition which is already set up(formatted). So what I am cornered about is that because windows uses registry issues could emerge and thus corrupt said programs, and other configs.

Second concern: if anyone knows or has experience partitioning with recovery partitions, please help me find a way to part without losing the recovery partition boot key.


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25 Nov 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senteaf View Post

How do I move files into the partition?


First concern: I am used to using a partition which is already set up(formatted). So what I am cornered about is that because windows uses registry issues could emerge and thus corrupt said programs, and other configs.

Second concern: if anyone knows or has experience partitioning with recovery partitions, please help me find a way to part without losing the recovery partition boot key.
Move personal files with the mouse.

Could you rephrase your first concern?

I don't understand the second concern either. Making a new partition shouldn't have any affect on your recovery partition. What is "partitioning with recovery partitions"?
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25 Nov 2011   #3
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry.

I will try again:
1. I am not sure I can just copy with the mouse...
2. This is exactly what I thought before, but I read it does corrupt recovery partition even if you don't "touch" the recovery partition...
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25 Nov 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senteaf View Post
Sorry.

I will try again:
1. I am not sure I can just copy with the mouse...
2. This is exactly what I thought before, but I read it does corrupt recovery partition even if you don't "touch" the recovery partition...
I've never seen a situation in which data files cannot be copied with the mouse, unless there are permission issues of some kind.

Regarding 2: I still don't follow you. What does the pronoun "it" refer to??
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25 Nov 2011   #5
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

it refers to shrinking expanding of other partitions.
So for example if I shrink C, D (recovery partition) will no longer work.
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25 Nov 2011   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senteaf View Post
it refers to shrinking expanding of other partitions.
So for example if I shrink C, D (recovery partition) will no longer work.
I have never heard of such a thing.

Please expand on this or post a link. More details needed.
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25 Nov 2011   #7
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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25 Nov 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

It is not wise to back up to the same HD because if the HD fails you lose your backup. Best to buy an external HD to use for backups - until then use flash stick, DVD, or CD's, another computer on the network, or 15gb free Skydrive storage with each Windows Live ID.

Nor is it wise to move programs to another partition. They write reg keys which intergrate themselves into the OS so they should remain with it for imaging purposes.

To shrink C partition to create a new partition use Disk Mgmt. Partition or Volume - Shrink
Then create a new partition in the space: Partition or Volume - Create New
If this is the fourth partition you will be offered a Logical extended which can then have as many sub-partitions added as you wish. Do not accept a Dynamic Disk conversion.

Your Recovery Partition will not be affected. But make your Recovery Disks anyway.
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25 Nov 2011   #9
Senteaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is only a temporary solution until I buy external HD.

I could leave programs on Windows partition, but I must move personal data because it is too large and I don't need it backed up.

In the link I provided he mentions the corruption of the recovery partition.
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25 Nov 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

Why exactly do you need to move this personal data if it is using the same amount of disk space on another partition?

You can actually link your User folders to another data partition you create, but this is for the purpose of keeping your OS backup image smaller. What other reason do you have, if not that?

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