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Windows 7: New 1tb Drive best practice for partitions

25 Apr 2011   #21
JeremyAlexander

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 
YES

Yes Shootist that is exactly my point I dual boot the same windows, same machine, same licence. If I get a virus or whatever I simply reset push the down key once and Woomp-there-it is. Dig out whatever documents weren't recent to the copied partition from within windows. That is my kind of backup!


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25 Apr 2011   #22
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I have my main 1TB partitioned to 200GB for the OS and the rest for storage.
the other 12 storage drives are just 1 partition each since there is no real need to re-partition those drives.
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25 Apr 2011   #23
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

There is no point in the discussion getting unnecessarily heated.
MS encourage system imaging and it's use to restore to a new HDD is described in their own MS Answers Forum.

Keeping a cold standby disk is not cheating MS or any third party software provider. It is simply a convenience to the end user who would otherwise need to take time to buy a new HDD and go through exactly the same process anyway.
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25 Apr 2011   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I fail to see the convenience of having 2 parallel systems. Yes you can share a Data partition between the 2 systems. But what about all the program installations, settings, updates, etc. I have trouble maintainig my different PCs as it is.

Imaging is so much easier and provides sufficient backup.
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25 Apr 2011   #25
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I fail to see the convenience of having 2 parallel systems. Yes you can share a Data partition between the 2 systems. But what about all the program installations, settings, updates, etc. I have trouble maintainig my different PCs as it is.

Imaging is so much easier and provides sufficient backup.
I agree.
My use of the term "cold standby" is stretching it a bit depending on how you define it. It's really a spare drive made from a base image. It would boot up immediately if my current HDD died and I had something urgent to do, but it would soon be updated with my latest image.

I originally made it using an image envisaging all sorts of hassles. It ended up being very straight forward.
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25 Apr 2011   #26
JeremyAlexander

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 
Bootability

I understand your point completely about the 2 systems in parrell and I guess maybe I haven't given too much thought about how to keep the non used copied partition reasonably up to date.
To answer your question, if it was. Bootability! Recently my lenovo laptop crashed completely and I did have a system image on 3 DVD's. 18% through system image recovery FAIL. Examined dvd and it was trashed. So of course there's no gettng that to load. Love 1 key recovery (AWESOME).
I just want the peace of mind of knowing I could instantly boot to a functional windows no matter what.
If my computer won't boot it is as useless to me as if I had l---x on it.
I really want to listen to you guys becuase your the experts and that's why I came here in the first place, but the system image thing just hasn't worked well for me in the past.
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25 Apr 2011   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, making images to DVDs is not recommended. For my desktops, I keep at least 25 images at all times - and on 3 different disks. I never was unable to restore. And I need to do that a lot because I muck around too much with my systems.

For the laptops, I am a little less strict. But mine is infrequently used and my wife's are not being stressed. She is a careful user.
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25 Apr 2011   #28
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I image to USB 2.0/eSATA drives. I've used Macrium, Acronis, and EaseUS todo, and all have worked. I use these applications at home and at work. They have all proven very reliable for me.

@WHS: 25 images??? LOL. I keep about 3. 1 plain vanilla right after install, activation and windows patching. 1 more after I get my apps installed and mostly customized. And about 1 at the end of each month that I can put back in case I just screw something up. My data is stored on separate backups, so I could restore any of these 3 images and be back in business quickly enough.
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25 Apr 2011   #29
JeremyAlexander

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 
3 System images?

Doesn't a system image essentially take just as much space as the original and you said you have 3. Why? What's the advantage? Can you make an system image faster than Acronis can copy the partition. Don't you have to sit and wait for it to make the image, then wait for it to be restored if you ever needed it?
It just seems to me that all that is twice the work as just making a copy of the partition that already boots. I think I have a way to keep it up to date if every month I delete the partition and then copy again into the unallocated space. I think that should take care of the parrel system not being up to date problem good enough to meet my needs.
But everyone does agree 1 partition for Windows at the start of the drive and just another larger one for everything else?
Except for maybe a tiny partition on the opposite drive for the swap file?
Is that much right that you guru guys can agree on?
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25 Apr 2011   #30
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Drive with windows - do not partition it, there is no advantage to partitioning it. Let defrag and superfetch do the rest (unless you are planning on an SSD for the OS). On the second data drive, reserve a partition of about 100GB or less at the logical beginning for caches (e.g. IE, Firefox, chrome, Photoshop caches) and the rest for data. The first logical 100GB (physical outer part of the platter) is the fastest on the drive - about 2x faster than the inner part of the platters. Putting the caches there will give you perceivable performance improvement.

Make image backups to the data drive and make sure you create a repair CD so you can restore them in a disaster scenario.
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