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Windows 7: New laptop, changing partition disks?

03 Dec 2011   #1
NicoleUK

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
New Samsung laptop, changing partition disks?

I got my new laptop today, the setup asked me about the partition which I had no idea about, so after watching this vid Samsung PC Software - Easy Partition Manager - YouTube
I was aiming to have my programs run on drive D and have personal files etc on drive C. So I gave drive D more space...

However, once I set up and started to transfer my files into my user file with the documents & pictures folders etc, the C drive only had 18% left while the D drive had 99%

I didn't know what to do, I read that I couldn't move my user folder to the D drive?? or move the pre installed programs to the D drive as it would cause issues. So I went into the disk management and tried to shrink the D drive. That was fine but it wasn't allowing me to extend the C drive. So I deleted drive D as I hadn't had much in it yet. However now, the 'free space' seems to be wrapped in a border saying 'extended partition'

I've no idea what do now, I don't know how to fix this and even so..I've no idea now how I should have set up with using two drives for programmes and my files.

Please could someone help me? I don't understand much of the technical stuff with this problem, which is probably why I should have left it alone.

Samsung NP-RF511-S02UK
Win 7 Premium 64bit




(Please read all of this thread as it shows the lack of good customer service by Samsung, I personally recommend people NOT to buy a Samsung laptop)


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03 Dec 2011   #2
DMHolt57

 
 

Lets start with a screen shot of your disk management window...sounds like at this point, delete the D:\ partition, then it should become 'unallocated'. Then you set its size and format it NTFS default.
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03 Dec 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

The benefit of having a separate data driver for storage or for your Win7 User folders is that it keeps your backup image smaller so that if Win7 ever becomes irreparable, you can boot the Repair CD or DVD to Recover Using An Image and reimage the C partition from the backup in 20 minutes with your data all safe and current in its separate partition.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

To link User folders to D follow this method: User Folders - Change Default Location
Or do them all at once by moving your named User account: User Profile - Change Default Location

If you don't like this arrangement or want to wait awhile to decide, you can delete the D partition in Disk Management, then extend C into its space. Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend
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03 Dec 2011   #4
NicoleUK

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

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03 Dec 2011   #5
NicoleUK

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

And this is how is it when I delete the D drive, I still can't extend the C drive.

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03 Dec 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Setup gave you a Logical Extended partition since it was at the limit of four partitions and with Logical you can add additional ones within the extended partition.

But in order to delete fully an Extended partition you'll need to click on it again in Disk Mgmt to Delete Volume to change Logical Free Space to Primary Unallocated Space.

Then you can Extend C into it. Partition or Volume - Extend
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03 Dec 2011   #7
NicoleUK

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

I've no idea what you mean by Logical extended partition. I think I managed to get the rest though, now does this look about right? Do you think it needs changing with the size allocation?
I didn't think to delete the partition again as I thought it was going to do something bad..shows how much I know! thank you for the info!



The question I have now though, is what would you recommend I do with how to use these two drives so I won't have to have any space problems again.
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03 Dec 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

Did you even read my post explaining a second partition for storage or data?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The benefit of having a separate data driver for storage or for your Win7 User folders is that it keeps your backup image smaller so that if Win7 ever becomes irreparable, you can boot the Repair CD or DVD to Recover Using An Image and reimage the C partition from the backup in 20 minutes with your data all safe and current in its separate partition.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

To link User folders to D follow this method: User Folders - Change Default Location
Or do them all at once by moving your named User account: User Profile - Change Default Location

If you don't like this arrangement or want to wait awhile to decide, you can delete the D partition in Disk Management, then extend C into its space. Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend
If you decided you want to keep D as a data partition, it would probably need to be a lot bigger to accomodate your User folders.

And if you don't plan on using Win7 backup imaging then there's no point to have it to keep the image smaller, unless you just want a separate storage space.

Why don't you actually read what has been written and ask questions based on what was explained instead of saying you don't understand something I've just tried to explain?
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03 Dec 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Look at the "Option One" section in this tutorial.

Partition or Volume - Delete

D is empty. You need to delete D.

That will result in "free space".

Then you need to delete the "free space".

That will result in "unallocated space".

Then you can extend C.

You won't be able to extend C until you have some "unallocated space" immediately to the right of C in Disk Management.

If desired, you could keep both C and D, of whatever size you want. Most people here use a C of maybe 80 or 100 GB and a D of all remaining space. But you don't have to have a D at all. It's purely personal choice.
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03 Dec 2011   #10
NicoleUK

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

I apologise I should have mentioned that I did read it, but I didn't quite understand so that's why I have asked again. What I meant was with my confusion of how I should use each drive, advice on whether it's best for me to use D for programmes and C for files, or the other way round.

I see that you linked to me how to change my user file to D if that's the case. I also looked at the backup complete which through me off, but I will look more into that...on my old laptop the only backup I used was my external hardrive which I'm still planning on using, so that method is new to me.

Sorry for the misunderstanding, hope you get what I mean?
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