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Windows 7: New laptop, changing partition disks?

03 Dec 2011   #11
ignatzatsonic

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You can use C for Windows, programs, and files.

Or you can use C for Windows and programs and D for files.

Your choice. Most here would tell you to use the second choice.

There is very little reason to put Windows and programs on different partitions.


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03 Dec 2011   #12
NicoleUK

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

Thank you all

I'm going to go with the second option so I'll be changing the location of my user profile, and making the D drive a little bigger. Hope all goes well!

(Also, If I seem like a complete newbie..in my defence this is my first day on Windows 7, I was Vista basic for 5 years on a terrible laptop so I'm really glad that you have all helped me so far )
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03 Dec 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

No prob, we are glad to help.

You might want to wait awhile to better gauge what size to make the D drive for User folders.

In the meanwhile you can try Windows backup imaging to see how it works, saving the backup image to external.

When ready Delete D in Disk Mgmt, shrink C as much as you need, then Create a New D drive.

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like.
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03 Dec 2011   #14
ignatzatsonic

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OK.

After you get rid of D, you should shrink C down to maybe 80 or 100 GB.

Then make a new D of all remaining space.

You might be able to do all of this with Windows Disk Management, but you MIGHT have to use Partition Wizard.

Let us know if you cannot get it done to your satisfaction with Disk Management.
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03 Dec 2011   #15
NicoleUK

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

Ahh ok see if I was doing this without help I would have assumed that programmes need the bigger space!

I will give the backup a go and save to my external drive as you mentioned.

As of now my C drive has all my user files/folders and pre installed software that came with the laptop, all rounding up to 166gb. Just my user folder is coming up as 128 GB
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03 Dec 2011   #16
ignatzatsonic

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A homebuilt PC with a new Windows installation might only have 20 GB of occupied space on C.

But a store-bought PC will have lots of extra programs on it that you may not need. So, even with your personal files moved elsewhere, you might find that C still uses 30 GB or more.

Unless you are big into gaming or have a very unusual situation, C is not likely to need even 100 GB. I have an 80 GB C drive, of which only 30 is used--and I have about 50 applications installed on C.

Windows Disk Management can be a bit cranky. It may not let you shrink C as much as you might like---in which case you would have to use Partition Wizard, a free separate program download that is best run from a bootable disk.

You will have to experiment with Disk Management to see if it is cranky in your case.
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03 Dec 2011   #17
NicoleUK

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

Yeah that makes sense, I won't be gaming but I'm a graphic and content designer so the biggest programs I'll be using will be a few Adobe softwares, the rest will just be the usual. I will take my time looking into this more before making any radical changes again and keep you updated.
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03 Dec 2011   #18
theog

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.

& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use Samsung Recovery, make Recovery disks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC8F0...eature=related

Get Downloads, Firmware, Manuals and Software for Samsung NP-RF511-S02US#
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03 Dec 2011   #19
NicoleUK

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use Samsung Recovery, make Recovery disks:
Get Downloads, Firmware, Manuals and Software for Samsung NP-RF511-S02US#
What Is Samsung Recovery Solution III?
What Is Samsung Recovery Solution 4?

Get Downloads, Firmware, Manuals and Software for Samsung NP-RF511-S02US#
No I haven't made a OEM disk, not heard of that before but I'll read. Is it the same as the disk I got with my laptop. Samsung "System Recovery Media"

I have Samsung Recovery 5 already installed so I'll run the backup on that on my external.
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03 Dec 2011   #20
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Nicole, your Samsung Recovery Media should recover your computer to its out-of-box factory state including all the extra software that Samsung bundle with your computer.

An OEM Windows DVD just installs a copy of Windows without all the garbage these computer manufacturers love to land you with.

In case you didn't know, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and their copy of Windows can only be used on the computer it was installed to.
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