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

07 Apr 2010   #41
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are doing good. You moved the documents the right way. That way you don't get the path to them fouled up. I personally have never seen a real performance impact with files stored on external disks. That may be different with games (that I never use). But I have e.g. videos and music on external disks that play just as well as from the internals. But you have still plenty of space on L. So you can move even more folders.


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07 Apr 2010   #42
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you for your input WHS. I always enjoy it. (I know what you mean about the paths fouled up and such. I did that with my links folder. I got it back thanks to the tutorial on this site however: User Folders - Restore Default Location

I actually made a mistake. My L drive is not an external drive. I make mistakes in times of worry, heh heh. My L drive is an internal drive. But I do appreciate your input because now I know that external drives with stuff such as music on it don't really have an impact on performance.

My plan is to buy a 1TB or 1.5TB and place my backups on there. I will leave My Documents as is.

Thank you everyone!
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07 Apr 2010   #43
gregrocker

 

Just an observation from the bleachers:

With those large internal HD's, consider backing up a Win7 Backup image so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage using DVD or Repair CD from stored image.

I agree that using Backup and Restore to back up files wastes a lot of space. Better to drag over your active User files, or just your named User Account should get everything.
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07 Apr 2010   #44
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

gregrocker,
Yes, restoring from the Win 7 System Image backup is a snap and an easy way to replace your present hard disk with a larger harddisk since in reality Win 7 creates a VHD file which makes mobility easy.

Win 7 Backup and Restore will allow you do do a backup of all or selected libraries. I'm doing a backup of my Documents Library at this very minute.

I agree that there are other tools better designed for straight data backups. I like Microsofts SyncToy but there are many out there and the good old brute force "sneaker net" (copy to UFD) approach I use quite often when I know that I'm going to need certain tools for fixing a computer.
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07 Apr 2010   #45
gregrocker

 

Selected Libraries might be a better option than active User folder which would get a lot of extra unneeded stuff.

I still like dragging and dropping better than trying to figure out the automated backup folders.
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07 Apr 2010   #46
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

He Talker,

Since you are always worried that things might not work, I suggest the following test.

1. Shrink 2GBs from C or F and define a simple volume (partition) - let's call it Y
2. move some files (any files) into Y - I always also move the sample picture folder in (you'll see why)
3. Define a test folder on L - call it Mtest
4. Make an image of Y to Mtest - requires that you make a new definition
5. Delete a couple of pictures from the sample picture folder on Y (I always use the 2 animals)
6. Reboot and tap (I think it is ESC on your system) to get into the BIOS boot sequence
7. Set your boot sequence to CD/DVD reader
8. Throw in the Macrium recovery CD and let it run, then hit Enter
9. Now you are in the recovery wizard, set it to Mtest where it says "Locate Image" and to Y where it says " Choose partition to overwrite with the image data". Note: the partition letters may not be the same as on your system. Macrium uses it's own lettering. Best is to go by the size of the partitions and open it with the little + in the front.
10. Watch out when it asks whether to replace the Master Boot Record - in this case say "do not replace" because this is only a data partition. If that were your system partition, you would replace the MBR
11. When you get the little window saying "Your computer will now reboot", you have to hit "Cancel" (on the bottom" to get it to reboot. That's a little strange way to end the session, but that's the way it is.
12. Check whether the 2 animals in the sample picture folder are back. That shows you that the recovery worked.

When you have done these steps, you did the whole cycle and have learned

1. That your recovery disk works
2. how to recover
3. that things work

Now you can delete the little 2GB partition and add it back to it's originating partition.
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07 Apr 2010   #47
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Just an observation from the bleachers:

With those large internal HD's, consider backing up a Win7 Backup image so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage using DVD or Repair CD from stored image.

I agree that using Backup and Restore to back up files wastes a lot of space. Better to drag over your active User files, or just your named User Account should get everything.
I made an image of my C drive which is the OS. I also made a Restore CD using Macrium. So I believe I'm good on that point.

WHS - I'm not worried that the backing up won't work. I'm sure it will work. I watched your entire video on Macrium and I understand how that works now. To be honest, I'm afraid to go through all that work with the test because I'm the type to mess something up. My brother says, "If it's not broke don't fix it."

I just want to make sure the computer is safe, (which I think I've done by using Kaspersky, MRT, Malwarebytes, Defragging, Clean Disk, etc.) I also want to backup my important files---which I've done the most important ones already and put them onto my USB device. I want to buy a 1TB or 1.5TB to backup the rest. For that I'll just copy the files over to it. I might make an entire image of B since I've got some important but large stuff on that HD.

Thank you very much for all the information! It is much appreciated and will be taken to heart.
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07 Apr 2010   #48
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you make a mistake not practicing. If something goes wrong with this little test, nothing is broken. But if you don't know exactly what you need to do when a serious situations arises, that's dramatic. I go thru this little test in every one of my imaging classes. It takes about 20 minutes.
But it is, of course, your choice. Seeing is believing.
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07 Apr 2010   #49
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Talker:

I use Macrium myself.

I'd advise you to boot from the rescue CD you made at a bare minimum.

You can walk through the steps you would go through if your hard drive had actually failed, but stop short of doing any actual restoration.

The point of no return is quite a few steps into the process, but as it is now, I guess you don't even know if that CD will boot. Maybe you made a bad burn? If it is fouled up, better you find out now than when you really need it.

At least see if it will boot your PC. You can always cancel out and reboot to your hard drive.
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07 Apr 2010   #50
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I actually did do a test with the CD and it worked. What I did was burned it with Macrium and then rebooted the PC with the CD inserted in my disk drive.

I booted from the CD/DVD drive. (My button is F12 to get to the Boot Menu.)

The restoration Wizard came up just like WHS's did in his pictures. Maybe if my brother will devote some of his time to help me I'll do the test.

But I do know that the disk works. I just never thought that actually doing a full-blown test was necessary as I know the CD works. Am I wrong?
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