I have just installed Win 7 on my Dell 1525 inspiron laptop. I was previously running 7100 and needed to install the official program (Custom Install then deleted the windows.old). After backing up all of my data, etc. I decided to go a different route this time. I deleted the factory installed Dell recovery partition and created partition C: for my OS (100gb) and parition Data (129gb) presumably for my data and programs. Both partitions are primary. My theory is that I'll keep the OS separate so that if I ever have to reinstall it, I won't have to reinstall programs or back up data.
I have a few questions however. Should I install programs in the D: drive or do they need to be installed in the drive with the OS? The only thing that I have installed so far apart from the OS is Norton Internet Security 2009 (with Win 7 updates). That defaulted to the C: drive and did not give me a choice in the matter. Is that going to happen a lot so I have a hodge podge of programs here and there? If so, should I stick with OS and programs in C and data in D? Is there a third option?
Also, my "app data" folder needs to be backed up just as data does. Would that move to the D drive??
What is the best way to move my default "My Documents" and other default data files/links to the D drive? I would prefer that the whole personal user file be stored on D.
In summary, I've got a c: drive with Win 7 and the OS in it and a clean d: drive. I want to install the remainder correctly from the get go. What are your recommendations? Also, should I burn an image of the C: drive now? Despite not knowing what to do in this situation, I am more adept at technology than most non-IT professionals so I will likely be able to follow and execute your recommendations.
Thank you for your advice and patience!