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Windows 7: Is it safer to put my data in c: drive?


30 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 
Is it safer to put my data in c: drive?

Now:
c:Windows 7 rtm
d:blank(reserved for xp)
e:data

so can I rearrange it like this?
c:data
d:xp
e:Windows 7

1.I experienced a partition table corruption once,and it nearly killed me.So what I want to know is could it reduce the possibility of the partition table error if I put the data in 1st partition(rather than an OS),or if it's corrupt can I still access and read the data in 1st partition?I can reinstall OS but I can't reinstall data,you know.

2.Is the 100m hidden volume of Windows 7 useful?I don't need to encrypt my files,so can I delete it?I heard that if you format it first then do the installation Windows 7 won't create the volume.
And I wanna make a dual boot,if I discard that hidden volume will the dual boot fails or what?xp is more stable and I guess I won't change it,and that's the reason I put it in 2nd partition.Windows 7 is new,so I decide to drop it to the last partition because I may format and re-install it in the future.

I plan to do the re-installation and data transfer lately,so if it's pointless and no need to do that,please tell me soon.

Lots of questions,thank you for reading.

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30 Sep 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

you'll be better off to backup the MBR, the first sector of the hard disk because that is where partition table is stored.

the 100MB partition serves two purposes.

1) it allows you to encrypt the system drive with bitlocker
2) it stores the boot files

If you delete the 100MB partition, chances are your computer will no longer boot into Windows. What you would need to do is move the boot files to some other partition before you deleted it. I've tested that method several times by using the bcdboot command, then make that new partition "active".

You are probably going to stir up a mess on sevenforums by stating that Windows XP is more stable than 7. I'm not going to disagree though, because I still use XP as primary OS myself.
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30 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Thank you for replying.

So,it means:

BIOS -> MBR -> 100M partition -> Win 7 ?

Please recommend a software to backup MBR.


So put the data in first drive is a good idea or not?
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30 Sep 2009   #4

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
BIOS -> MBR -> 100M partition -> Win 7 ?
Yes that's right.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
So put the data in first drive is a good idea or not?
Maybe it would be a little faster to recover using partition tools, but whether or not that would be more reliable I don't really know.
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30 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Thank you.
I need to know if it's more reliable.I ever suffered a data loss,it's really a disaster.
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30 Sep 2009   #6

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

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30 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 Build 7100 x64
 
 

I had such problem till I bought an external HDD, copied all my stuff to it and safely did a clean install windows. its safer and more effective than lose risk on important data!
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30 Sep 2009   #8

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Good points. Make backups!

If it is not the partition table that fails it is hard drive failure or data corruption, etc..
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30 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post

Thank you,I'll take a look.
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30 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I would not worry too much about the 100MB partition - This is a good idea for anyone who is multi-booting as it locates the boot files away from any one operating system partition. Which means that you can delete or lose one OS /Partition and still boot to the other for recovery.

On to the subject of protecting against data loss

If you have data that is irreplaceable the only way that you can truly protect this is by the use of a backup external to the system, preferable to an off site location.

Some protection levels are as follows

Each option is cumulative and includes the protection provided by the previous options
  • A backup to another partition on the same disk will protect against user error
  • A backup to another drive on the same machine will protect against drive failure
  • A backup to another drive or media external to the computer will protect against a virus attack
  • A backup to another drive or media external to the computer and stored at another location will protect fire or theft of the system.

Of course this protection is only as good as the last time it's performed
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