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Windows 7: What's the point of a partition?

31 Mar 2011   #31
peter7348

Windows 7 Home premium 64
 
 
moving files/folders

Hi
not sure I fully understand your explaination -
anyway-
my preinstalled system has a C and and a D partition. I understand the value of putting data and music and pictures etc., on the D partition and leaving C for OS and programs(Ithink that's right)
I seem to have some same files on both partitions! If I try to delete them from C they also go from D,
I guess I'm not doing it right
Advice please
I have windows 7


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31 Mar 2011   #32
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by peter7348 View Post
Hi
not sure I fully understand your explaination -
anyway-
my preinstalled system has a C and and a D partition. I understand the value of putting data and music and pictures etc., on the D partition and leaving C for OS and programs(Ithink that's right)
I seem to have some same files on both partitions! If I try to delete them from C they also go from D,
I guess I'm not doing it right
Advice please
I have windows 7
Windows 7 uses virtual default folders which do not contain data, only point to where the data is. If you have these pointers in several places, ( although the data they point to is only in one physical place), and you delete one, then all are deleted. If virtual folders have been "redirected" the data stays in the same place, but the virtual folders pointing to it appear somewhere else.

Regards....Mike Connor
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31 Mar 2011   #33
peter7348

Windows 7 Home premium 64
 
 
partitions

Thanks for your reply
I sort of half understand it
I have basicalyl used the Library on C drive for all my stuff and also somehow put some on D drive - not really knowing what I was doing
If I look on C drive I get 36GB used whilst D has only 1 Gb used
when I look at D drive in my docs folder, for example, the contents are not the same as the Library docs folder on C
If I look at the library doc folder on D they are the same
does that make sense? cause it confuses the hell out of me!
I suppose I want to have the files on D and not on C - somehow- although windows will find them from the start menuu
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31 Mar 2011   #34
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by peter7348 View Post
I have basicalyl used the Library on C drive for all my stuff and also somehow put some on D drive - not really knowing what I was doing
Unfortunately, it can be rather confusing. You need to learn how libraries work, and where your data actually is.

Have a read through this;

Understanding Windows 7 Libraries


Regards....Mike Connor
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01 Apr 2011   #35
peter7348

Windows 7 Home premium 64
 
 
libraries

We are obviously on different time streams. It was 1am when I was last talking with you.

I looked at the link you gave me - not too much wiser I'm afraid.

Can't I just save files to D partition, as I would have done in xp, and then access via the libraries "system".

The "helpful" videos proved by MS seem to indicate that it can be done (even accessing an external drive, which is like another partition) though I'm not completely clear how to do what they say.

I could start fresh by backing up my current data and then deleting it from the libraries

OR is MS overcomplicating a simple issue, or are libraries a waste of time and space if they won't do what the user wants?
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01 Apr 2011   #36
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Peter7348
OR is MS overcomplicating a simple issue, or are libraries a waste of time and space if they won't do what the user wants?
Not at all. Libraries are (in my opinion) a godsend. The thing you have to understand about libraries, is that in a real data sense, they do not exist. They are simply "pointers" to where the data actually is.

In order to get the libaries doing what you want to do, IE savin everything to D, rather than some programs automatically writing to C:\Users\<whatever username>\<whatever folder> then take a look at this tutorial: User Profile - Change Default Location

Thanks to some marvelous techno wizardry, it will also automatically direct the Libraries to the right place too, thus killing two birds with one stone.
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01 Apr 2011   #37
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Please correct me if I'm wrong. To me libraries are used to find information or what ever. They don't store the information, doc, photo, ect. They just get you there through indexing. Windows 7 knows where it is and libraries is a method of you finding it.
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01 Apr 2011   #38
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by peter7348 View Post

Can't I just save files to D partition, as I would have done in xp, and then access via the libraries "system".
Yes, you can do that if you want. Once you have saved the files wherever you want them to be, then you can "Add" them to a library. A library is basically just a data index.

If you are really having serious trouble with libraries, then you can turn the function off until you know what is happening;This affects search and other functions so consider carefully before you disable libraries.

If you know exactly where your data is, and you keep it organised, then you don't need the library function anyway.

Microsoft introduced libraries in Win 7 to help people who had trouble organising data and were storing stuff all over the place and then not being able to find it.

Before loads of people start flaming me on this, read what Microsoft has to say about it;:

Inside Windows 7:Introducing Libraries

Regards....Mike Connor
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02 Apr 2011   #40
peter7348

Windows 7 Home premium 64
 
 
Vista vs W7 libraries

to SEVEREDSOLO

thanks for the reply

I've looked in the link you sent me and the properties tabs shown in the screen shot do not appear when I do it . In particular the" location" tab, nor do I seem to have a" move" choice if I right click on my folder (in Library-Documents) and select "open folder properties".

Is this related to administrator privileges?

As I said in earlier post I considered removing all my file(perhaps to disk) reloading them to D partition and linking them through the Library.

I suppose it is true that being used to XP I could forego the use of libraries and find my own files but I think a single access point could be a good thing, so I am definitely leaning towards the libraries method of "storage"
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