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Windows 7: Partitions for a 1TB External Hard Drive

28 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Partitions for a 1TB External Hard Drive

My sister bought a new external hard disk(1TB Western Digital My Passport) for me. This is my first hard disk so I want to know how many partitions should I make in it. What is the ideal number? Should I format it before using? What should be the ideal allocation unit size?
I want to back up everything that is on my PC. I have a 250GB hard disk on it that is almost full so I was thinking of making one partition of that size but I am not sure please suggest. And I will keep adding photos,music,movies,games and other random stuff to it. So please suggest what should I do.


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28 Dec 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

Im not sure you can partiton a external all you need to do is have a folder for each catagory ,ie my music ,my movies etc then add them to the library and everything should be fine
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28 Dec 2011   #3


I wouldn't bother partitioning it. Just manually back up, or use a program like SyncBack SE, to mirror your internal hard drive files there - and remember you could also store at least four incremental Windows backup images on the external drive too.. .
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28 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Have a read of this tutorial.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If you want to make things easy for yourself you could create just two partitions on your external hard drive: one to backup a full system image to, and another for your personal data.

As for partition sizes, you'll need to decide that for yourself, as you are the only one who knows how much data you are backing up.
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28 Dec 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

You can partition it, I did to my 500Gb external, I ended up getting rid of them though.

I just keep my backup images in a folder, and folders for my other saved items.

Partitions just end up limiting your storage or needing to be resized.
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28 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Derekimo is absolutely correct. I have a 1.5TB storage drive that I partitioned to use for 2 different things. I now find that one partition is too small and the other way too large. I'm going to have to transfer the files from 1 partition somewhere else in order to make 1 large partition and put the data back again. I wish I had just left it as 1 partition and used folders.
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28 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

On an external drive used for storage and backups, 1 partition...PERIOD. The only time I do 2 partitions is when running an OS on the same drive. I do an OS partition, then a partition for data and everything else. In the event of a Windows reload/restore/reimage...I simply overwrite the C drive leaving all of my data and important bits on the D partition.
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07 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thank you guys
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