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Windows 7: Is my C partition and F partition combined?

07 Apr 2010   #31
whs
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Simple answer is " YES. Don't get confused with the admin account. The worst that could happen is that the other system coughs because of permissions. But that is easily fixed. We'll deal with that if it ever comes to that case (which is very unlikely).

BTW: How did you transfer Documents to L ??


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07 Apr 2010   #32
ignatzatsonic

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Talker:

You said:

transferred "My Documents".

Do you mean move or copy?

I certainly wouldn't move.

But I would copy.
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07 Apr 2010   #33
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Simple answer is " YES. Don't get confused with the admin account. The worst that could happen is that the other system coughs because of permissions. But that is easily fixed. We'll deal with that if it ever comes to that case (which is very unlikely).

BTW: How did you transfer Documents to L ??
Yay!! Thank you for answering. So if anything ever happens to my OS then I'll still be able to access "My Documents" through my brother's PC.

I transferred "My Documents" by going to C>Users>Name and then right-clicked on the folder I wanted to transfer and clicked Properties. In Properties I clicked on the "Location" tab and changed the location to L. My C drive was too full to hold "My Documents".

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If that is a possibility, you are better off find that out now rather than later.

Assuming you have your original data on C or D, I would copy stuff to L and go to brother's PC and find out what happens. Why wonder?
Well, I actually don't have the original data on C, F or B, I have it on L.

WHS said that it can be transferred and will work on my brother's PC although there might be some issues with permissions but that can be easily fixed.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Talker:

You said:

transferred "My Documents".

Do you mean move or copy?

I certainly wouldn't move.

But I would copy.
I moved. Is that bad? I had no more room on C.
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07 Apr 2010   #34
ignatzatsonic

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The point is to have multiple copies of your data.

Either you do or you don't.

If I was running short of space on my primary hard drive, I'd get a bigger hard drive.

Or maybe compress my existing drive.

I would NOT want to have my primary copy of my data on an external drive. They are slow compared to internal drives. As I understand it, you now have NOTHING in My Documents on C?

I hope you have more than one copy of whatever is in My Documents---either in an image, a USB drive, or wherever. If you don't, well you clearly don't have a backup.
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07 Apr 2010   #35
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
The point is to have multiple copies of your data.

Either you do or you don't.

If I was running short of space on my primary hard drive, I'd get a bigger hard drive.

Or maybe compress my existing drive.

I would NOT want to have my primary copy of my data on an external drive. They are slow compared to internal drives. As I understand it, you now have NOTHING in My Documents on C?

I hope you have more than one copy of whatever is in My Documents---either in an image, a USB drive, or wherever. If you don't, well you clearly don't have a backup.
I have my primary data - My Documents - stored on the internal drive which is L. But I don't know how to fix that at this point. I've got 22GB left on C and My Documents is 21GB and it will grow.

I actually don't have a My Documents folder in C because it was moved to L. I made a copy of it using Windows 7 Backup and Restore and stored it on my F drive which is a partition of the C drive which has my OS installed on it. I also copied the most important of my data from My Documents and put it on my USB device.

PS: I know my setup of storing images/backups and such is not the best but I'm saving for a bigger hard drive to save images to. I cannot go out and just buy another hard drive at this time.

Other then buying another hard drive for the images I know of nothing more I can do. I'm kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. Unless you have some suggestions?

HUGE EDIT: I just noticed something...I've been calling L an external hard drive and I don't know why. It's internal...as it's in the computer. I'm very sorry about this!! When I'm worried and scared I mess up. Big time.
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07 Apr 2010   #36
ignatzatsonic

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You can put several internal drives in most PCs. Some people have a half dozen or more. They are cheaper than external because they don't have that external housing. They respond much more quickly because they are connected to an internal circuit rather than USB or whatever you may be using.

A high quality internal 320 GB drive is about 50 bucks. A high quality 1 TB drive is about 100 bucks.

Can you post a picture of your Disk Management so we can get a look at your drive map? Apparently you have ONE internal drive, but it is divided into at least TWO partitions? I didn't know you had an F.

Have you considered compression on the C drive? It will save you space.

If I were in your shoes, I would not use Windows Backup and Restore to put a copy of My Documents on F. I would make the copy with a simple drag and drop with the mouse. Why involve Backup and Restore when plenty of people on these forums have had issues with it. That's just my 2 cents.
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07 Apr 2010   #37
ignatzatsonic

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Talker:

Just saw your red edit.

Post a screenshot of what you see in Disk Management so we can see once and for all if you are making efficient use of your available hard drives.


Here is mine, you access it through control panel/administrative services/computer management.


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07 Apr 2010   #38
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay. I hope this is good enough. Here's my Disk Management:




I know that Windows Backup and Restore is not fully reliable. WHS told me all about that. That's why I'm saving up for a 1 TB or 1.5 TB, depending on the price, and buy from Newegg. With that TB I'll store my backups.
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07 Apr 2010   #39
ignatzatsonic

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Assuming all drives are internal and that all of your personal data is backed up outside of an image, I would probably leave it alone and suffer till you get another HD.

I'm guessing you are heavily into gaming and that accounts for the large amount of space used on C. I don't game and use only 20 GB on C.


You have 125 GB free on F, so I assume you could put the 21 GB My Documents there if you wanted to. But I don't see any particular reason not to use L or B once you decide it can't stay on C. There might be a minor difference in performance one way or another depending on the details of the drives. If My Documents is mostly a bunch of text files, I'd leave it on L.

If you do all of your gaming installs on C, it may grow to hundreds of GB in the future?

Compression of C is an option, but I don't know how that would affect drive performance, if at all.
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07 Apr 2010   #40
TheTalker

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Thanks for replying. In C I have mostly just programs. A lot of them. But it's only 100GB.

F is where my games/pictures/videos are. And, yes, I'm heavily involved in gaming. Got tons of games installed. At least 85 but could be more.

You're right, I could store My Documents on F. But the reason I didn't was because I like to be organized and wanted to install my games on F. And installing the games that are out these days can take up quite a lot of space.

But that's not the only reason. All of my gamesaves on saved in My Documents and I wanted "breathing room" for My Documents and decided it would be best to put it on L because L is not that full. Plus, I've got my Word Documents and emails saved in My Documents.

Also, if the C/F drive ever dies. Then I'll still have My Documents provided L is still working. And according to WHS I will be able to access My Documents from another computer.

So, basically, if I move My Documents to F then when I install/play a game not only does it install on F but the gamesave is saved on F.
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