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Windows 7: Is There Some Easy Method For Swapping Drive Designations?

26 Jun 2014   #11
Kari

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In addition to my post above:
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26 Jun 2014   #12
mjf

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I was editing my post when you jumped in.
My mistake. They could use your tutorial instead of Brink's tutorial that I linked to.
Does your approach have an impact of imaging C - eg. if program data is moved to D?

In any event if C & D are partitions on a spinner I would increase the size of the C partition.
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26 Jun 2014   #13
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Does your approach have an impact of imaging C
It has only a positive impact on imaging due the fact that as the main profile folder Users (again repeating this: with absolutely everything stored in any user profile) and maybe the ProgramData too are located outside C:, the system images can be kept smaller because user data is not included in image. For instance Macrium I am using for imaging can be set to only image C: even when one system folder, Users in this case is located on E:.

When the image is then restored, it of course automatically finds the user data on E: (in my case) or any other drive because the registry was included in the image. Less to image, less to restore.

The sysprep method changes the value of respective environment variables so the system is all the time informed about the current location of any user folders or data. For instance if I type to File Explorer's address field the variable for current user's profile folder (%userprofile%) and hit Enter, my system takes me to E:\Users\Kari.

An added bonus, especially when the Users is not only on separate partition on the system disk but totally on another disk is the security: your OS might crash, HD die but your user data remains intact; simply replace the dead disk and restore your small system image and you are ready to go again, user data picked up from another disk.
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26 Jun 2014   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Ok the OP has a number of options to resolve the issue.
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27 Jun 2014   #15
boweasel

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I actually don't know why I'd want to move any data to D. All that really has to be done is to take about 500 GB from D and move it to C. Then she can continue to use the now much bigger C drive as she did before.
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27 Jun 2014   #16
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boweasel View Post
I actually don't know why I'd want to move any data to D. All that really has to be done is to take about 500 GB from D and move it to C. Then she can continue to use the now much bigger C drive as she did before.
There are many benefits in keeping the system drive smaller and user data on separate drive. One of the clearest advantages is that it helps keeping system images smaller.

However, the dialog between mjf and me above about if the sysprep method could in this case be used or not needs to be separated from your original post and issue and answers you got. It was simply a typical "This cannot be used - Yes it can" discussion which went a bit off topic.

In my first post in this thread I only mentioned the sysprep method as an response to another member asking if such a tool exist which would easily move the user data to another drive. But, as soon as I had told about that I also told that in this case I agree with the recommendation to simply increase the size of the C: drive.
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27 Jun 2014   #17
johnebadbak

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

move the "my documents folder (Path) to a location on "D"

create a folder on "D" call it my docs or what ever you want.
go to c:\my documents right click on my documents click properties/ click location /click move and direct the move to D"\mydocs all future save of files will go to d:\mydocs

change the downloads folder in the firefox web browser to D:\downloads (create the folder first)
all other downloads direct to the folder on "D"

60gig is ok for system and programs installed .when done defrag the drive don't defrag ssd drive if is installed, not needed.

remember to delete Temp folder items on a daily basis
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10 Oct 2014   #18
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay.... I've finally gotten a chance to revisit my friend and this issue.
I suppose I should have grabbed some screenshots while I was there and emailed them to myself, but hindsight, etc...

At her house I right-clicked Computer, left-clicked Manage, left-clicked Disk Management. I then right-clicked on the D: partition (the 570GB drive), and selected Shrink Volume. Just to see if it worked, I shrunk it by 10GB. I then right-clicked on the C: partition, but found the option to Extend Volume was greyed out.

I have an old Partition Wizard disk. Is this now my best bet, or is there something I'm doing wrong that keeps me from extending the size of the C: partition?
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10 Oct 2014   #19
ignatzatsonic

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You should be able to extend with Windows Disk Management IF AND ONLY IF you have some free space immediately adjacent (to the right) of the partition to be extended, as viewed in Windows Disk Management.

Without seeing screen shots, I'd assume that was NOT the case in your situation.

In which case, you can use Partition Wizard, which does not have that "immediately adjacent to the right" limitation.
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10 Oct 2014   #20
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You should be able to extend with Windows Disk Management IF AND ONLY IF you have some free space immediately adjacent (to the right) of the partition to be extended, as viewed in Windows Disk Management.

Without seeing screen shots, I'd assume that was NOT the case in your situation.

In which case, you can use Partition Wizard, which does not have that "immediately adjacent to the right" limitation.
The Disk Management layout was (from left to right)
  • unpartitioned space
  • the C: partition
  • the D: partition
As I said, I first shrunk the D: drive, which was the furthest to the right in DM. After the shrinking was complete I right clicked on the partition immediately to the left of D:, which was labeled C:. Right-clicking showed the Extend option to be greyed out. It would certainly seem that the proper protocols were followed.

Given that, I suppose I have to see if I can find that old PW CD.
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