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Windows 7: Data Partition

29 Sep 2010   #10
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Excellent tutorial WHS , i have put off partitioning as i was afraid off messing it up but seing it done in real time really helped ,im going to tackle it later when i get back on the desktop.
a great idea making video,


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30 Sep 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

bohhbah, as you have seen, it is not really a big deal. You will probably have no problems defining new partitions. And I think you are right, for certain tutorials it is easier to follow a video than just text.
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30 Sep 2010   #12
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

I also read your posts with your accent now!
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30 Sep 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
I also read your posts with your accent now!
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22 Nov 2010   #14
0984465

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I have seached the whole entire internet 10X over and I hope I can do what I'm going to ask here.
I built my own PC, installed windows, installed games, ripped CDS saved pictures etc etc. (All of this is on ONE partition) Is it possible to create a new partition and then Move the OS from the existing Partition to the new one?( I had no idea how to do it when I first built this PC.
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22 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can move the OS using an image provided the new partition is equal or greater in size with this tool. If the new partition is smaller, you can try Paragon or Acronis (the free versions of those).

But would it not be easier to move the data folders to a new partition? That's what this tutorial explains.
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22 Nov 2010   #16
0984465

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Oh is it? I thought it was stricktly for just making new partitions to organize data in many ways.

Well I guess I have Install everything to "Program Files (X86)" so moving the whole "Libraries" and "favorites" section with its folders is pretty much the same thing as moving the OS to its own partition.

So What i'm thinking I should do is, these steps.
-Make a new partition. About 220/500gb (Just my available space I averaged)
-Move all data files to the 220 GB section
-Shrink the old Partition to the smallest possible so my newest partition would be about 450GB.

I will also review the video in full right now because I can't remember the whole thing off the top of my head.

I hope my itunes can find all my music in the new partition automatically.

Also one last thing, should I leave some extra space in the OS partition?
(the Program files folder counts as the OS portion doesn't it? so it would need room to install new programs.)
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22 Nov 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. I would only move USER files (those that have a location tab), no system files. That would be counterproductive.
2. Make sure you move them to predefined folders in the new partition (folders of any name) and NOT to the partition itself. That would get you into a mess.
3. Make the OS partition at least 50GBs. The winsxs folder grows every day.
4. Depending how partitions and freespace are located, you may not be able to shove it around as you like with Disk Management. In that case use Partition Wizard. The same goes for shrinking beyond the MFT.
Here is a good tutorial by Ted Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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22 Nov 2010   #18
0984465

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Ok thanks for all the help! I tried the way on the video just now and none of my folders have the proper TAB for changing location.

So I'll definatly try the alternative ways!
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22 Nov 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is really strange. You must have manipulated these folders earlier. The user folders like Documents, Music, etc. should have the location tab. You may try to restore the location: User Folders - Restore Default Location
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