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Windows 7: C Drive vs External Hard Drive

20 Jan 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

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It is good as a buffer for later use. But you can also go into Disk Management and extend the misc. partition.

I always leave a chunk unallocated because it is easier to extend a partition than to shrink a partition.


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20 Jan 2013   #12
carwiz

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The drawback is that if the disk drive craps out, you loose everything including the partitions. It's still just one physical disk drive no matter how many disks you define on it. And the more disks you define lowers the overall capacity of the drive. Not to mention making access slower. Except for a purely organizational stand point, multi-disk partitions on a single drive never made much sense to me. But that's just my bloated and over-stuffed multi-drive PC opinion.
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20 Jan 2013   #13
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The drawback is that if the disk drive craps out, you loose everything including the partitions. It's still just one physical disk drive no matter how many disks you define on it. And the more disks you define lowers the overall capacity of the drive. Not to mention making access slower. Except for a purely organizational stand point, multi-disk partitions on a single drive never made much sense to me. But that's just my bloated and over-stuffed multi-drive PC opinion.
I think you are exaggerating. 3 partitions on a drive are not going to make a big difference in terms of capacity and speed. And it is absolutely compulsory to seperate the user data from the OS.
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20 Jan 2013   #14
carwiz

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Compulsory? Who says?
That's what Libraries are for.
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20 Jan 2013   #15
whs
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Compulsory in the sense that if your OS goes on the blink, you don't want to lose your data or have a hard time retrieving it with live Linux CDs and alike. And I really don't know what the library argument may do for you in that case.
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21 Jan 2013   #16
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

As I said, if the hard drive tanks you loose everything but each to his own. I simply said "I" see no use for pseudo drives. HDDs are cheap enough to fill a case with them and have real disks if that's what you want. Who gives a squat about the OS. It's the data that's important to me. Libraries can be restored in minutes from a backup to a new drive.

I only speak of an option. It's NOT compulsory that you comply.
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21 Jan 2013   #17
Kari

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OP should IMO be warned that too many primary partitions on the same disk converts basic disk to dynamic. (Basic and Dynamic Disks (Windows)).

You can have maximum 4 primary partitions on basic disk.
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21 Jan 2013   #18
whs
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Right Kari, but he only wanted 3 partitions all together. And if he uses Disk Management to create the additional 2 partitions, he will end up with only 1 primary anyhow - the other two will be extended and logical.
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21 Jan 2013   #19
Dawter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I am a she...LOL
Thank you all so much for your input and help. I realize we don't all think the same.
Now I have to review what you all have said and I'll be back.
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21 Jan 2013   #20
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dawter View Post
I am a she...LOL
It's not the first time we have called her him and vice versa, not forgetting Cindy who was a he who wanted to be she and left us when her his cover was blown...
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