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Windows 7: should C:\ drive be a partition for only for OS W7?

06 Feb 2010   #1

Win7 Pro 64
should C:\ drive be a partition for only for OS W7?

right now i have a C:\ drive that is 419 gb partition out of 465 gb physical drive and it holds nearly everything such as OS, all my files/settings/programs/anything that i use or decide to leave in storage..

now i was tihnking of leaving one partition to just Windows only..

that would mean C:\ drive would have only windows files and be a much smaller partition

is this safe?? and would anything go wrong after doing such a thing??

does it also mean that in case i need to recover my comptuer with recovery discs, that only the Windows partition will be reset?

also i cannot craete anymore partitions, i was wondering if the SYSTEM partition or HP TOOLS partition is required for the computer to run


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06 Feb 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Regardless of what you decide doing. Buy an External HDD that will hold all data now and leave room for future.
Backup your data to that drive as often as possible. With only one drive, you WILL lose it all one day.

You can create a second partition. You can do Shrink and Resizing. but if possible, it is best to backup all your data and start from scratch, and create the number and size of partitions you want from the start.

You can use any partitioning tool, but you don't need them if you start from scratch, and 7 has a Shrink Partition function if you want to go that route. I personally don't recommend any Shrink/resizing apps. This can be debated to death. Yes, they work, but they can also cause problems. If you back up your data, then I say use them,, it can save you time in the long run, but if you do not have a backup, you can and most likely will lose it all if something goes wrong or you make a mistake..

You will want (depending on the amount of software, games, etc) a good size OS Partition. Personally I wouldn't make an OS Partition smaller than 100G. You will regret having too small a partition later. You also do need to leave free space for defrag and other apps they may need the free space temporarily.

There is a lot more to partitioning drives properly, than just grabbing a drive and chopping it up.
You do need to plan how you are going to be using the drive and how much of it you really will need now and in the future. Or trust me, you will doing it all over again.

Generally,, 100G to 150G should be enough.
Many will argue to death about this, but, I say choose at your own peril.
Drive space is cheap, why limit yourself.

Yes, you can recover only the C: Drive (a.k.a. OS Drive) and not touch the D: Drive (a.k.a. Data Drive)

Again, if you don't have an off line backup (a.k.a. files also stored on an external hard drive [a.k.a. External HDD]), be prepared, that if you do make a mistake that you can lose all your data, and also that if the drive goes bad, so does the data on both partitions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

With all that said.....
With drives so cheap now. There is almost no reason to multi-partition a drive anymore.
You should do 2 things,.,..

If money is an issue, leave it as is right now and get an Internal Drive when you can.
You have roughly a 500G now, get a 1TB or more and install that as the second drive
If the 500 goes out, then you wont lose all your data,, just replace it and reload the OS.
If the other drive does,, well,, see first post about data backups.

Then get an External HDD of the same size or larger and backup your data regularly.

There are 2 groups of people.......
Those who have lost data, and those who will lose data, there is no inbetween.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Feb 2010   #4

Win7 Pro 64

haha thanks for your answer!
no one gets away with data loss i see..

btw sorry i forgot to mention that this happens to be a laptop. does that make any difference for internal drives?

but i guess an external drive is a great and smart option in the long run.!
Thanks for your input!
great reference to come back here
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #5

Win7 Pro 64

one more question, should the recovery drive partition be any larger than how much it takes up??

eg, if it took up 40gb, and i left the partition at 44 gb it's safe right??

cause i sent my laptop to some man to add some software and he extended the partition by aabout 10 gb...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

All HDD's require some free space for different reasons...

One major reason is defrag. Defrag requires at minimum 15% to do a proper defrag.
So you need 6G of free space for defrag alone on a 40G HDD.
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 should C:\ drive be a partition for only for OS W7?

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