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Windows 7: Partitioning Your Drive How do you feel?

View Poll Results: Do you multi partition your drives?
Never 10 17.54%
Always 28 49.12%
Sometimes 19 33.33%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

16 Aug 2010   #21
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have a 500 partitioned for os and data, then 1 tb partitioned in half for music and pics, then a 250 for junk and backup, then a 500 external for more backup, but back in the old days when defrag was done manually the os was on a small drive so it didn't take all day oh how we've progressed.


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16 Aug 2010   #22
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The way I was taught to set up a backup routine for commercial sytems was as follows

The OS is backed up weekly and before, and after, every major change.

With data this is backed up daily, using a grandfather / father / son system of media so you always have the last three days of data.

At he end of each month the last dataset is archived (this is retained for six months with the six month archive actually held for 7 years to meet UK company data retention law), and the media replaced (recycled media may be used from old archive tapes, but only if the media is within 80% of it's nominal life)

All active tapes are held in a separate building on-site in a fireproof safe and monthly backups are cloned and held in both on-site and off-site safes.

As you can see data security can be a serious consideration
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16 Aug 2010   #23
merkat106

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

If I buy a computer that is multi-partitioned, I leave it alone... I believe in OEM recovery partitions

But I don't partition to clean drives. Had enough of partitions in the mid 90s. To keep the operating system separated from my data, I use multiple drives either internal (which seems more cost effective) or external....
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16 Aug 2010   #24
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I don't bother partitioning my Raptor because it's only 150 GB and that space will get eaten up pretty quickly. 7 x64 alone takes up near 15 GB plus my games take up a fair supply as well. I have an internal 320 GB drive that I use for downloads, and an external 1 TB drive for pure storage, so partitioning hasn't been necessary or useful for me for a while.
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17 Aug 2010   #25
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Atin90 View Post
True Image is one that I use and it works just fine for the MBR.
That's a different (and better, IMO method than you originally described).
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merkat106 View Post
If I buy a computer that is multi-partitioned, I leave it alone... I believe in OEM recovery partitions
Until your drive dies and you realize you didn't have the discs made. My first step with any OEM system is to make the recovery discs, put them in a safe place, and then reclaim that space. On some systems, I've seen a 20 GB partition set aside to hold 3 GB worth of recovery data.
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17 Aug 2010   #26
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
I'm from the real OLD School.
I have never partitioned my drive as I never had a need for doing it.
I think I must be from an even older school because back when we first started seeing bigger HDDs we had to use multiple partitions because the OS (DOS) couldn't use the whole drive as a single partition. It actually got to the point where it was wasteful since you could have plenty of free space but it was split up between many partitions but not enough space on any single partition to store a large file.

Nowadays I prefer multiple drives, 1 for OS and another for my data.
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01 Sep 2010   #27
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
I'm from the real OLD School.
I have never partitioned my drive as I never had a need for doing it.
Your withholding vital information.

What size is/are your current HDD(s)?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Always if it's a 1 drive computer. This way you can put your data and files on the second partition and reload or reimage the OS to the main partition. External drives work for this as well.....but to me, it's worth have the space right inside of the computer and not having to wait for the data to stop copying.
+1, agree



I always partition my HDDs.

If you put your OS in a smaller partition, say 40 to 60GB, it will not have to search the entire 250GB, 500GB or 1TB, less disk thrashing.
These days the time saved might be negligible.

With your OS and personal data in separate partitions, backups are easier due to different schedules, restoring a backup to an OS partition is easier.

Backups should be on another physical HDD. Since I use a 1TB HDD to hold backups for two computers I partition the backup HDD also.
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01 Sep 2010   #28
cartel

Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Most people aren't that smart.
Probably have no clue what FDISK is either.
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01 Sep 2010   #29
Pusspa

 
 

i used to have two partitions on my main hard drive to keep my data safe in case i wanted to reinstall the OS, but then i discovered when a hard drive fails (and it has only happened once so far), that you lose everything anyway. Now with external drives so cheap, i just have one partition on the main drive and keep backups on the external drive.
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01 Sep 2010   #30
Tweek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote:
Since I use a 1TB HDD to hold backups for two computers I partition the backup HDD also.
+1, Nice!
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