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Windows 7: Multiple Drive and Partition Question

22 Feb 2011   #11
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

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Hello to all,
Can't find the Disk Manager under Administrator tools in Control Panel. Made these following examples from Paragon.

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Hope they help you more than they do me. Also notice how the first drive is the 1 TB and the C: drive 500 GB is listed second. That is an old problem that maybe I might figure out the primary, logical, extended etc: thing.
Thanks Gentlemen
glennc
You posted a screenshot of Disk management in post 7 of
Strange Intermittent reassignment of Hardrives

How did you do that one?

Hey theog,
Thanks for the memory kickstart. Still showing the disk assignment swapping. Oh well.
glennc


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22 Feb 2011   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Notice, as a secondary problem that this shows the C: Drive 500 MB as disk 0 and the 1 TB drive as disk 1.
Why is this a problem?
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22 Feb 2011   #13
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

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Notice, as a secondary problem that this shows the C: Drive 500 MB as disk 0 and the 1 TB drive as disk 1.
Why is this a problem?
A misunderstanding. The above configuration is correct. Often it shows disks the other way around. Changing when it (the ethereal machine) wants. I was referencing the Paragon shows it one way and the Disk Management, another. Both will swap.
Problem, well maybe no, but a inconvenience, Yes.
glennc
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22 Feb 2011   #14
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi again glennc

Your drives look to be set up fine, there are a couple changes i would make. Hdd's like to be in order such as C:, D:, E:, and then your CD or DVD drives F:, G:, etc. Also i don't name my drives MBR1 and MBR2 only because it's confussing, it will only boot from the system drive which has the mbr on it.
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22 Feb 2011   #15
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
Hi again glennc

Your drives look to be set up fine, there are a couple changes i would make. Hdd's like to be in order such as C:, D:, E:, and then your CD or DVD drives F:, G:, etc. Also i don't name my drives MBR1 and MBR2 only because it's confussing, it will only boot from the system drive which has the mbr on it.
Hey 1Bowtie,
Thanks for the info. The naming is just fooling around, showing my lack of knowledge. How important is the HDs being together. How would you change it, physically or trick the computer?
glennc
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22 Feb 2011   #16
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can reassign drive letters in Disk Management.

I'd also rename them to something that describes the content, such as:

C: System
D: Data
E: Backup

Choose your own names, since I don't know the purposes of your partitions.

A and B are off limits. C is Windows by default. Normally, you then try to assign other hard drive partitions as D, E, F, etc.

In your case, you'd just have C on the first drive and then D and E on the second drive.

Then your CD/DVD drives would be last: F, G, etc.

Disk Management won't let you assign a letter to a partition if that letter is already in use, so you may have to temporarily reassign a partition labeled D to J or something down in the alphabet so you can then reassign D to the partition of your choice.

What's the purpose of that 9 MB portion at the right end of the second drive??
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23 Feb 2011   #17
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello ignatzatsonic,
Thanks you for your explanations and assistance. Since C: is my Disk 0 and E: and F:
are partitions of my second Drive, while D: is the CD/DVD. I am not sure what I will be gaining by reassigning the Drive letters, flat don't know. While I am positive that as well said about the actual reassignment operation went over my head. I am just starting my second cup of coffee so maybe it will sink in.
Currently C: holds everything system, programs and data. E: is a storage facility to back up date to using SyncToy. F: is the actual partition that houses my system image backups from the Paragon and Macrium backup programs.
Where that 9 MB portion came about is unknown. I was new partitioning a different data storage scheme way back that had 3 partitions on the Drive 1. Maybe I messed up in rearranging it. My reptile brain now wants it back along with the 2 MB stolen on the C: Drive as unallocated. It is my money. I was told previously that in the grand scheme of things to "Don't Worry, Be Happy!". I got a lot more space than I need.
Actually thinking of eventually getting an SSD when prices come down, using my 500 GB as my secondary data and taking the 1 TB out and making it a usb backup.
Take care.
glennc
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23 Feb 2011   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
Hello ignatzatsonic,
Thanks you for your explanations and assistance. Since C: is my Disk 0 and E: and F:
are partitions of my second Drive, while D: is the CD/DVD. I am not sure what I will be gaining by reassigning the Drive letters, flat don't know. While I am positive that as well said about the actual reassignment operation went over my head. I am just starting my second cup of coffee so maybe it will sink in.
Currently C: holds everything system, programs and data. E: is a storage facility to back up date to using SyncToy. F: is the actual partition that houses my system image backups from the Paragon and Macrium backup programs.
Where that 9 MB portion came about is unknown. I was new partitioning a different data storage scheme way back that had 3 partitions on the Drive 1. Maybe I messed up in rearranging it. My reptile brain now wants it back along with the 2 MB stolen on the C: Drive as unallocated. It is my money. I was told previously that in the grand scheme of things to "Don't Worry, Be Happy!". I got a lot more space than I need.
Actually thinking of eventually getting an SSD when prices come down
To reassign drive letters, you go to disk management and right click a partition in the lower area. A window will pop open as seen in my disk management below.

The only reason to reassign drive letters is convention. You certainly don't need to do it. The standard convention is hard drive partitions get the earliest letters in the alphabet, beginning with C and DVD/CD drives come last.

I'd recommend renaming (as opposed to relettering) because in some situations in some applications your drive letters might be scrambled and it is always good to be able to look at a partition name and know what is in it, regardless of its assigned drive letter. So, what is E now might appear as D or F in certain situations. And a name like "MBR 1" is not descriptive.

The point is to avoid confusion and possible errors where you can hose your data or Windows. A rare occurrence, but it happens.

I think the fact that one partition is a logical partition might make it difficult for you to reclaim that 9 MB portion. If it was not a logical partition, you could likely add the 9 MB to it easily. You still could, but I think it's more difficult and might require a third party application?


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23 Feb 2011   #19
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
Hello ignatzatsonic,
Thanks you for your explanations and assistance. Since C: is my Disk 0 and E: and F:
are partitions of my second Drive, while D: is the CD/DVD. I am not sure what I will be gaining by reassigning the Drive letters, flat don't know. While I am positive that as well said about the actual reassignment operation went over my head. I am just starting my second cup of coffee so maybe it will sink in.
Currently C: holds everything system, programs and data. E: is a storage facility to back up date to using SyncToy. F: is the actual partition that houses my system image backups from the Paragon and Macrium backup programs.
Where that 9 MB portion came about is unknown. I was new partitioning a different data storage scheme way back that had 3 partitions on the Drive 1. Maybe I messed up in rearranging it. My reptile brain now wants it back along with the 2 MB stolen on the C: Drive as unallocated. It is my money. I was told previously that in the grand scheme of things to "Don't Worry, Be Happy!". I got a lot more space than I need.
Actually thinking of eventually getting an SSD when prices come down
To reassign drive letters, you go to disk management and right click a partition in the lower area. A window will pop open as seen in my disk management below.

The only reason to reassign drive letters is convention. You certainly don't need to do it. The standard convention is hard drive partitions get the earliest letters in the alphabet, beginning with C and DVD/CD drives come last.

I'd recommend renaming (as opposed to relettering) because in some situations in some applications your drive letters might be scrambled and it is always good to be able to look at a partition name and know what is in it, regardless of its assigned drive letter. So, what is E now might appear as D or F in certain situations. And a name like "MBR 1" is not descriptive.

The point is to avoid confusion and possible errors where you can hose your data or Windows. A rare occurrence, but it happens.

I think the fact that one partition is a logical partition might make it difficult for you to reclaim that 9 MB portion. If it was not a logical partition, you could likely add the 9 MB to it easily. You still could, but I think it's more difficult and might require a third party application?
Hello ignatzatsonic,
Thanks for the outlook. It makes sense and I believe I will rename the drives more appropriately. Better to be safe than sorry. Take care.
glennc
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