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Windows 7: Images are more important than ever

19 Mar 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

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kado, I suggest you make a seperate Data Partition. Then you do not loose any files next time around: Data Partition


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19 Mar 2011   #12
kado897

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Yes I would like to. However it would probably mean a complete rebuild as my laptop came with 4 partitions already installed. System, Recovery, C and HP Tools. I believe that 4 is the max and I don't really want to get rid of either Recovery or HP tools.
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19 Mar 2011   #13
whs
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Yes, 4 primaries is the maximum. But that is easy to fix. We'll make C a logical partition. You can do that since you have the 100MB active boot partition. (check in disk management whether that is true).

Then you take the bootable CD of this program and change C: from primary to logical. The control is in the Partition tab > Modify. But you can only do it with the CD of PW because the C partition must be inactive in order to do that.

Now you can create a new Extended partition (best with Disk Management after you shrunk some space off C and then as many logical partitions as you have letters. Just right click on the unallocated space after you shrunk and you will see. Very easy.
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19 Mar 2011   #14
kado897

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It Sounds interesting. This is my current set-up. It says my sytem partition is active but C is boot.
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Assuming I go ahead with this how to you suggest I integrate my data partition into the Windows data environment? I think I need to plan this carefully.


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19 Mar 2011   #15
ignatzatsonic

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What do you mean exactly by "data partition"?

The current C?

The current L?

If you make a new data partition, let's call it X. The simplest procedure would then be to simply move your data from wherever it is to X, via the mouse.

You'd then save a file to X:\whatever rather than C:\Users\whatever.
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19 Mar 2011   #16
Bare Foot Kid
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yes, 4 primaries is the maximum. But that is easy to fix. We'll make C a logical partition. You can do that since you have the 100MB active boot partition. (check in disk management whether that is true).

Then you take the bootable CD of this program and change C: from primary to logical. The control is in the Partition tab > Modify. But you can only do it with the CD of PW because the C partition must be inactive in order to do that.

Now you can create a new Extended partition (best with Disk Management after you shrunk some space off C and then as many logical partitions as you have letters. Just right click on the unallocated space after you shrunk and you will see. Very easy.
Have a look at Method Two of this tutorial at the link below.


Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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19 Mar 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
It Sounds interesting. This is my current set-up. It says my sytem partition is active but C is boot.
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Assuming I go ahead with this how to you suggest I integrate my data partition into the Windows data environment? I think I need to plan this carefully.
That is simple too. Just follow my video tutorial that I have linked earlier. You will see it's a piece of cake. Just make sure you predefine folders in your new data partition to which you move Documents, Music etc. Do not move your folders to the partition itself - only to folders. You can name those folders anything (F1,F2,etc.) - the system will rename them anyhow once you move your folders. Moving the user folders directly to the data partition would create a mess.
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19 Mar 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What do you mean exactly by "data partition"?

The current C?

The current L?

If you make a new data partition, let's call it X. The simplest procedure would then be to simply move your data from wherever it is to X, via the mouse.

You'd then save a file to X:\whatever rather than C:\Users\whatever.
Unfortunately it is a bit more complicated if you want to do it right. You use the MOVE function in the Location tab of the folder Properties.

You can, however, create new folders in the data partition and move your data there whilst preserving the existing user folsers. Then you have to INCLUDE those folders in their respective libraries.

The advantage of that second approach is that all the system and program generated folders (especially in Documents) do not get intermingled with your own folders.
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19 Mar 2011   #19
kado897

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Thank you whs and bare Foot Kid you have given me a lot to think about and to research further. as I said earlier I will need to plan this carefully including an exit strategy if it goes belly up.
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19 Mar 2011   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Create an image of the entire HDD first.


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