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Windows 7: hard drive partioning problem

18 Jun 2011   #1
robdex1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
hard drive partioning problem

I have a Samsung R730 laptop. When i first turned on the computer i was asked to partition the hard drive. i had to select the sizes i wanted for hard drive to be split up in to c and d drive. defaults were set to 50/50 its a 500gb hd. i didn't think 50/50 was right and i assumed that all the windows and installation files would be on c drive and all personal files on d drive. so i made the c drive 150gb and the d drive 360gb. it turns out that all the files, my documents and everything, are stored on the c drive and i think the d drive is just for back up of system files. so basically my c drive is not big enough. is it possible to put some of the space back on to the c drive and what size should i make them. will doing a complete system restore through samsung recovery work? or can i change settings somehow so that files are automatically stored in d drive. what is the best thing to do because it looks like i have loads of wasted space


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18 Jun 2011   #2
devenprasad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi there robdex1 and welcome to sevenfourms,

Yes, The C drive is where Windows and All your files are stored, while the D drive is back up files are stored. I would recommend you save all the files you need to an external drive and Do A Clean Install, on my laptop I have a 10gb d drive and would recommend the same to you. Hope this helps.
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19 Jun 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

Was this Samsung setup that asked you if you wanted to partition your HD? This would not include the Recovery Partition since it is loaded at the factory. It may have been asking you if you want to make a second data partition to store files, videos, etc.

If you have no use for such a Storage partition, post back a screenshot of your maxmized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what you want to do exactly and we will give you the exact steps to do it.
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19 Jun 2011   #4
robdex1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

so devenprasad, will doing the clean restore to the initial status allow me to re partition the drives. will it delete the d drive and revert the entire hard drive back to a c drive? do i need to backup windows files first or will they be automatically restored. basically, when i first turned on the computer it asked me to set the partition for the c drive. i think it was to create the d drive which is for backup. my c drive is 140 gb and the d drive is 360gb so i wan to make the c drive bigger and the d drive smaller


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19 Jun 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

We needed a maximized Disk mgmt drive window so we can see all the columns to see how much of D drive is being used. While you're at it, in Disk Mgmt rightclick on D to Explore and see what's on the drive, after unhiding Hidden and System files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
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If it's only your own files you can move them to C and delete D in Disk Mgmt, Extend C into the deleted space.
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Recovery is on the first partition, System boot files are on the second partition. You only need to confirm there are no Recovery files on D, but if it asked you to create it then there should not be since Recovery is written at the factory.


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19 Jun 2011   #6
robdex1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

right i didn't have any files on the D drive so i've deleted it so i now have just a drive C of about 450gb. is it possible to now create a new smaller d drive. i have tried shrinking c but i just end up with a new partition and i don't know how to make that the d drive. i think i need the d drive for the samsung automatic backup


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19 Jun 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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19 Jun 2011   #8
Warlockz

7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

A word of advice, Windows Partition tools lack to many features, I do not recommend it, My advice is Paragon Partition Manager Free which gives you the option to resize your partitions without having to reinstall windows, or worry about windows screwing it up. to me windows partition tools are like beta software thumbs down.

Other free software that will also do this task is EASEUS Partition Master Home which offers more options but I think Paragon is faster when it comes down to resizing partitions, I use Paragon Partition Manager Personal myself.
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19 Jun 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I personally would stay away from 3rd party partitioning tools, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.
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20 Jun 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

What you want to do can be done safer via Disk Mgmt.

Just shrink C by the size you want to make D, then Create new D - using the links Theog posted above.
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