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Windows 7: Question - partition my HD

17 Oct 2009   #1
jim31

 
 
Question - partition my HD

Just added a new WD 640 GB hard drive as the second drive on my Windows XP computer.

Next week I will be installing Windows 7 on this new HD. My question - should I partition this drive and what are the advantages or disadvantages of doing so? Also, will the installation program allow me to do this or must I use a separate program?

Suggestion greatly appreciated.

Jim


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17 Oct 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I would partition it. Put Windows on one partition, and important data on another.

Then if you ever need/want to clean install Windows in the future, it will be easier because you won't have to move all of your data to another hard drive and/or repartition it first.
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17 Oct 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jim31 View Post
Just added a new WD 640 GB hard drive as the second drive on my Windows XP computer.

Next week I will be installing Windows 7 on this new HD. My question - should I partition this drive and what are the advantages or disadvantages of doing so? Also, will the installation program allow me to do this or must I use a separate program?

Suggestion greatly appreciated.

Jim

Jim

Nice drive. you should partition the drive to keep the OS and data seperate. You might also want to create a partition for backups and images. this is about what I would do
Windows OS partition 50 gigs (more than enough for growth)
Data partition 400 gigs
Back ups or music, or expansion 200

Just an idea.

Its pretty easy to do even from within your current OS

let us know if you have any questions

Ken
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17 Oct 2009   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jim31 View Post
...should I partition this drive and what are the advantages or disadvantages of doing so?
Well to put anything on the drive you have to partition it...gotta have at least one. :P
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17 Oct 2009   #5
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Well to put anything on the drive you have to partition it...gotta have at least one. :P
Too much logic, earth.
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17 Oct 2009   #6
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Ha!
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17 Oct 2009   #7
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Jim

Nice drive. you should partition the drive to keep the OS and data seperate. You might also want to create a partition for backups and images. this is about what I would do
Windows OS partition 50 gigs (more than enough for growth)
Data partition 400 gigs
Back ups or music, or expansion 200

Just an idea.

Its pretty easy to do even from within your current OS

let us know if you have any questions

Ken
Absolutely the right approach - keep your OS and data separate so you can image the OS (to DVDs perhaps) and re-load it if it gets sideways.

BTW - Welcome to Seven Forums, Jim31
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17 Oct 2009   #8
jim31

 
 

Many thanks to all who replied - greatly appreciated. Yes I will follow your advide and partition..

Jim
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17 Oct 2009   #9
jim31

 
 
Partion HD reply

Many thanks to all who replied - greatly appreciated. Yes I will follow your advide and partition..

Jim
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