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Windows 7: One partition or more?

10 Jul 2011   #11
richyrichuk

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Doomdodgers View Post
Always ALWAYS use 2 partitions. Installing miscellaneous stuff in C drive is asking for trouble. And it keeps your stuff in much cleaner order too.

could you explain how please? apart from a corrupt partition, which could easily happen to either on the same physical drive


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10 Jul 2011   #12
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would shrink the OS partition to 60GB (100GB if you have games) and allocate a logical partition in the free space. There you define folders for Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. Then right click on those folders and INcLUDE them into the corresponding libraries. Move your user data into these folders.

This is an alternate method over moving the original user folders to the data partition as described here. There are certain advantages to it and it can be done without any risks.

This is the part that confuses/worries me. My Disk Mgmt is similar to the OP except my recovery volume comes after my OS C:. If I shrink the OS partition where does my data (~75GB) that is currently in C: go until I move it to the new partition? How can I shrink a 690GB OS C: volume down to 60GB or even 100GB if it has 75GB of data plus the OS in it?
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10 Jul 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bru View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would shrink the OS partition to 60GB (100GB if you have games) and allocate a logical partition in the free space. There you define folders for Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. Then right click on those folders and INcLUDE them into the corresponding libraries. Move your user data into these folders.

This is an alternate method over moving the original user folders to the data partition as described here. There are certain advantages to it and it can be done without any risks.

This is the part that confuses/worries me. My Disk Mgmt is similar to the OP except my recovery volume comes after my OS C:. If I shrink the OS partition where does my data (~75GB) that is currently in C: go until I move it to the new partition? How can I shrink a 690GB OS C: volume down to 60GB or even 100GB if it has 75GB of data plus the OS in it?
Just save the data on an external drive in the interim. A 690GB drive you will not be able to shrink to 60 or 100GB with Disk Management - even if it has less than 60GB of data. For that you need to use the Partition Wizard. It can move the MFT that is in the way.

There is, of course, no MUST for C to be 60 or 100GB. It can also be bigger. With a big disk as yours, it may not matter.
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11 Jul 2011   #14
headbuster

 
 

Thank you very much for all of your post. I will read the tutorials and see what I can do. I will ask any question if needed and proceed with the process.
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11 Jul 2011   #15
headbuster

 
 

I just tried to shrink C but it says I can only shrink it to 320gb because of the unmovable files... that's unfortunate... Having a 320gb C and a 260GB D is pointless :S
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Also I only asked if I should separate it not because I am afraid to lose files, but because I thought it was bad to have only 1 partition and install all the stuff on it....
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11 Jul 2011   #16
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by headbuster View Post
I just tried to shrink C but it says I can only shrink it to 320gb because of the unmovable files... that's unfortunate... Having a 320gb C and a 260GB D is pointless :S
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Also I only asked if I should separate it not because I am afraid to lose files, but because I thought it was bad to have only 1 partition and install all the stuff on it....
Obviously you never read either the posts in this thread or the tuts.
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11 Jul 2011   #17
headbuster

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by headbuster View Post
I just tried to shrink C but it says I can only shrink it to 320gb because of the unmovable files... that's unfortunate... Having a 320gb C and a 260GB D is pointless :S
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Also I only asked if I should separate it not because I am afraid to lose files, but because I thought it was bad to have only 1 partition and install all the stuff on it....
Obviously you never read either the posts in this thread or the tuts.
Actually I read them all several times. I am assuming that this ( second part) will work. The thing is it doesn't say that it ignores the unmovable files so I wasn't sure.
If you don't want to help, it's pointless to reply.
Thank you

EDIT:
nope, it didn't work...
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11 Jul 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by headbuster View Post
I just tried to shrink C but it says I can only shrink it to 320gb because of the unmovable files... that's unfortunate... Having a 320gb C and a 260GB D is pointless :S
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Also I only asked if I should separate it not because I am afraid to lose files, but because I thought it was bad to have only 1 partition and install all the stuff on it....
Did you try Partition Wizard bootable CD (last entry in the link) Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online
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11 Jul 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The Partition Wizard boot disk will move them but be sure to use the boot CD and not the installed version.


First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, be sure to get the PWBD and not the installed version; scroll down to see the download link for the bootable CD ISO file at this link below.
Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD
Then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, at no greater than 4x speed with a verify; it was designed for use and works best from a CD rather that a then boot the created CD to make the changes.
ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software

Then use Method Two of this one.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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13 Jul 2011   #20
headbuster

 
 

I did all of this but nothing changed. The shrink size was the same....Is this possible or should I try again?
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