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

06 Apr 2010   #1
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Is my C partition and F partition combined?

Alright, I backed up my documents, pictures and some folders onto my USB device. I made a system image of C as well.

A member from the forums here named WHS informed me that my C and F partitions are not combined. And that I don't need to backup C and F if I don't want to because I only need C to restore my OS if it were ever to go down.

Now, I have a question. I saw this sentence and it's making me think that partition F is in fact part of the OS. But I don't know if this is the case so I'm posting a thread about it. Here's a picture and I circled the part that's confusing me:





Reading that makes me think it's part of the OS. Also, when I click "More Information" this comes up:







Could anyone please tell me what these really mean? It seems like they're both apart of the OS and if F fails then C will fail too and vice versa. And that I should backup both C and F.

Thank you for your time.


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06 Apr 2010   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It says that it is on the same drive...not the same partition.
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06 Apr 2010   #3
Navop

Window 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

What they are saying is that both partitions are on the same drive,
so if c fails you will loose all your backups.

You must save to a complete other hdd disk.
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06 Apr 2010   #4
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

It is on the same physical disk, but it's a different partition. I.E. A piece of two sided paper, SIDE A and SIDE B.

Your critical system files are only installed on the C:\ drive. For this reason, it's the only partition you need to backup. I.E. Take a picture of SIDE A

However, if your "hard drive" fails, both partitions will be lost. I.E. Document is burnt to a crisp.

That's not to say that you could corrupt your C: drive and still be able to save what's contained on the other partition. I.E. SIDE A is scribbled on, SIDE B is untouched.

In other words:
You don't need to back up both partitions to save the files on your C: drive.
However, you should not store this backup on the other partition, because in the case of a hard disk failure, you'll lose that data as well.
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06 Apr 2010   #5
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Edit: I understand now! Both C and F are the hard drive. If my OS fails, (that's on side C), then I'll most likely be able to get it back up and running using my Restore Disk and my system image of C.

But if my hard drive fails, (which has both C and F on it), then I'll lose the OS and the data on F. Which is sad...but hopefully it will never happen.

Thank you very much!
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06 Apr 2010   #6
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

No problem, good luck with everything... BTW, I recommend an external hard drive for storage/backup. You can store all your important files on it and then when/if you crash/reformat you just have to download your latest programs and what not. All your data will still be there, plus your C: drive will run faster without junk stored on it.
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06 Apr 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Check your Disk management drive map and all will be revealed.
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06 Apr 2010   #8
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
No problem, good luck with everything... BTW, I recommend an external hard drive for storage/backup. You can store all your important files on it and then when/if you crash/reformat you just have to download your latest programs and what not. All your data will still be there, plus your C: drive will run faster without junk stored on it.
Thanks once again for that great explanation and the advice just now. I already make a system image and a restore disk using Macrium. I backed up my important data such as password lists, emails, pictures, etc, onto my USB device.

When/if my hard drive ever dies, you're right, at least I'll still have my important data. I have a question though. I have another hard drive. Hard drive L it's called. Now if my hard drive that holds my OS ever died I would still be able to access the items on L correct? There's some stuff installed on L and I know that won't be accessible but would I still be able to access the documents and stuff stored on L?

Also, I have a password on my computer. Would the hard drive L require the same user that stored the stuff there to take the stuff? Or could I just put it into another computer and have it work fine?

I hope I worded that correctly.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Check your Disk management drive map and all will be revealed.
Thank you. :)
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07 Apr 2010   #9
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTalker View Post
Edit: I understand now! Both C and F are the hard drive. If my OS fails, (that's on side C), then I'll most likely be able to get it back up and running using my Restore Disk and my system image of C.

But if my hard drive fails, (which has both C and F on it), then I'll lose the OS and the data on F. Which is sad...but hopefully it will never happen.

Thank you very much!
Sorry to rain on your parade ... but all hard drives fail sooner or later. Please, please put your backups on a separate external disk.
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07 Apr 2010   #10
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTalker View Post
Edit: I understand now! Both C and F are the hard drive. If my OS fails, (that's on side C), then I'll most likely be able to get it back up and running using my Restore Disk and my system image of C.

But if my hard drive fails, (which has both C and F on it), then I'll lose the OS and the data on F. Which is sad...but hopefully it will never happen.

Thank you very much!
Sorry to rain on your parade ... but all hard drives fail sooner or later. Please, please put your backups on a separate external disk.
Yes, thank you. I have come to terms with that already. So I've backed my stuff up the best I can.
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