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Windows 7: Why Two Partitions?

28 Oct 2010   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Why Two Partitions?

Some on here have their OS and Programs in one partition and the Docs in another. They then backup those two partitions to a separate HD with two partitions. I can't understand the reason for separate partitions. If you used only one partition and made a system image to another HD you could restore just as easily couldn't you?


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28 Oct 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

It's better to put your User folders on another HD if you have one, along with a stored image of just the OS/Programs partition.

This way if your OS becomes irreparable or needs reinstall, you can reimage the leaner OS/Programs partition in 15 minutes and your data is waiting and current in its data partition vault on a separate HD not tied to the OS partition, and which won't fail along with the OS HD.

The answer to your question why not just save an image of OS/Programs/User files is because User files change daily or even hourly so an image is not a practical way to back them up so they can be restored to current.

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28 Oct 2010   #3
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

For me it is a matter of convenience. My system drive that I create a backup image of regularly is only about 40GB while my data drives contain hundreds of gigibytes of photos, music, documents, etc. If I must restore from my image to get the system up and running again it is only 40GB not 2TB.
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29 Oct 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I store nothing at all on the OS partition, it makes a clean install very worry-free and I create an image of the 'new clean' install with just the basics added so it's even easier to recover after I mess something up.
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29 Oct 2010   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I store nothing at all on the OS partition, it makes a clean install very worry-free and I create an image of the 'new clean' install with just the basics added so it's even easier to recover after I mess something up.
What about programs that live in ProgramFiles and ProgramFiles(x86).
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29 Oct 2010   #6
Grimmjow

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I store nothing at all on the OS partition, it makes a clean install very worry-free and I create an image of the 'new clean' install with just the basics added so it's even easier to recover after I mess something up.
What about programs that live in ProgramFiles and ProgramFiles(x86).
I've made three words bold for you
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29 Oct 2010   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I store nothing at all on the OS partition, it makes a clean install very worry-free and I create an image of the 'new clean' install with just the basics added so it's even easier to recover after I mess something up.
Tell me how you have your drives set up. Do you have the OS on the C:, programs on D:, and Docs on E: and then image those three on another HD?
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29 Oct 2010   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grimmjow View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I store nothing at all on the OS partition, it makes a clean install very worry-free and I create an image of the 'new clean' install with just the basics added so it's even easier to recover after I mess something up.
What about programs that live in ProgramFiles and ProgramFiles(x86).
I've made three words bold for you
Yes I can see the bold letters - what's your point???
My question was directed to the person who made the comment.
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29 Oct 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
If you used only one partition and made a system image to another HD you could restore just as easily couldn't you?
That is how I am setup. I've got an 80GB SSD for my system. Then, I have a 1TB storage drive on the box.

However, in situations where I don't have 2 physical drives...I always setup with a partition. This way I can reload or reimage the OS on C...without losing any of the data on D. And I don't have to take the time to make a backup of that date to an external drive.
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29 Oct 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Anything can be installed wherever you like and have the room for it, it doesn't have to be installed to the "Program Files ..." forders.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words ...

Why Two Partitions?-dm.jpg
Why Two Partitions?-programs.jpg


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