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Windows 7: Partitions?

13 Jan 2011   #11
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Lets start a poll out of curiosity.

I have C: for the OS and programs, and D: for UserProfiles
I have all other attached drives for storage not relating to the above.

Edit: Is this a thread, or a chat room? There were 5 new posts since I was writing that :P
Also, my C: D: are 200gb and 120gb partitions.


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13 Jan 2011   #12
OnTheRopes

Windows Prox64
 
 

I use a fair few big programs so I guess a big partition then
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13 Jan 2011   #13
OnTheRopes

Windows Prox64
 
 

I just have the one drive at the moment but I also have a 1TB usb3 external and a smaller usb 2 external, I was planning on ghosting an image to one of these once I have all my main software loaded and before data starts accumulating
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13 Jan 2011   #14
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

a very good idea to 'ghost' your os drive, that way you don't have to activate it everytime you 'reinstall'.

i'm a recent convert to the free version of macrium reflect, which does a similar imaging job.

a bare bones install (with page and hibernation file removed) takes about five gigs to store with macrium reflect.
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13 Jan 2011   #15
OnTheRopes

Windows Prox64
 
 

I think thats the way forward then, I'll probably make a bigish say 100Gb OS partition and leave the rest for data, then if i ever get a second HD I can stick all the data on there and ghost the OS drive to another external drive.
How does that sound?
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13 Jan 2011   #16
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

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13 Jan 2011   #17
OnTheRopes

Windows Prox64
 
 

Oh just spotted your tutorial link, thanks for that.
When you said you can adjust partition size later, is that from inside windows?
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13 Jan 2011   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OnTheRopes View Post
I think thats the way forward then, I'll probably make a bigish say 100Gb OS partition and leave the rest for data, then if i ever get a second HD I can stick all the data on there and ghost the OS drive to another external drive.
How does that sound?
It's a good idea to put images on another physical drive as you say----but it's better than nothing to still make images and put them on a second partition on the same drive as the OS.

Do you plan to immediately begin backing up your new 900 GB D drive?? If yes, then I'd make sure my original images got saved to D and then backed up to whatever your backup drive happens to be.

Partitions can usually be shrunk from within Windows, but there can be complications depending on your specific partition layout---you may have to use a third party tool.
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13 Jan 2011   #19
OnTheRopes

Windows Prox64
 
 

Ignats
Yes I was intending to install and update windows and all drivers, install software etc and do a burn in then before i start importing or creating any data I was going to take an image. Then I would start using the software and start the backup startegy. Im new to this so that was the plan as I want to get it right on this new machine
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13 Jan 2011   #20
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OnTheRopes View Post
Oh just spotted your tutorial link, thanks for that.
When you said you can adjust partition size later, is that from inside windows?
yes you can resize within windows without needing extra software, but it's a bit fiddly. i much prefer the free partition wizard software.

you can run it within windows or without.
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