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Windows 7: Is it safer to put my data in c: drive?

30 Sep 2009   #11
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ucf4004 View Post
I had such problem till I bought an external HDD, copied all my stuff to it and safely did a clean install windows. its safer and more effective than lose risk on important data!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Good points. Make backups!

If it is not the partition table that fails it is hard drive failure or data corruption, etc..
I also burn stuff to dvd-r,it's the lesson I've learned from last time.But copy them back to hdd is also a hard work.An external hdd is a good choice,maybe I'll also buy one in the future.It's much easier than burn discs.


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30 Sep 2009   #12
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Now:
c:win7 rtm
d:blank(reserved for xp)
e:data

so can I rearrange it like this?
c:data
d:xp
e:win7

1.I experienced a partition table corruption once,and it nearly killed me.So what I want to know is could it reduce the possibility of the partition table error if I put the data in 1st partition(rather than an OS),or if it's corrupt can I still access and read the data in 1st partition?I can reinstall OS but I can't reinstall data,you know.

2.Is the 100m hidden volume of win7 useful?I don't need to encrypt my files,so can I delete it?I heard that if you format it first then do the installation win7 won't create the volume.
And I wanna make a dual boot,if I discard that hidden volume will the dual boot fails or what?xp is more stable and I guess I won't change it,and that's the reason I put it in 2nd partition.win7 is new,so I decide to drop it to the last partition because I may format and re-install it in the future.

I plan to do the re-installation and data transfer lately,so if it's pointless and no need to do that,please tell me soon.

Lots of questions,thank you for reading.
Just leave the partition order as it is now, it's a good setup. Your system will work better.
Your problem is not the partition order it's that you need to backup all your partitions in case you have something like this happen again.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
So put the data in first drive is a good idea or not?
It's not going to help you.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Thank you.
I need to know if it's more reliable.I ever suffered a data loss,it's really a disaster.
Better to use a backup image program as mentioned, like Macrium Reflect.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ucf4004 View Post
I had such problem till I bought an external HDD, copied all my stuff to it and safely did a clean install windows. its safer and more effective than lose risk on important data!
Good decision, external HD is a good choice for back ups, large capacity and will keep your information and OS safe if your internal HD has a problem.
Justi, you should try to get an external HD for backup storage.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Good points. Make backups!

If it is not the partition table that fails it is hard drive failure or data corruption, etc..
I also burn stuff to dvd-r,it's the lesson I've learned from last time.But copy them back to hdd is also a hard work.An external hdd is a good choice,maybe I'll also buy one in the future.It's much easier than burn discs.
With a Backup and restore program you can re-store your entire HD (depending on it's size) in 30 min to 1 hour max.
Get a good sized external HD if you can, it will save you a lot of work and grief.

I think your going to have some problems if you are going to try to install XP after you already have Win7 installed. The 'Older' (XP) OS should be installed first.
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30 Sep 2009   #13
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Thank you for your serious reply,dave 76.

I wanted to install xp first but the cd-rom is not with me right now.
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30 Sep 2009   #14
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I think your going to have some problems if you are going to try to install XP after you already have Win7 installed. The 'Older' (XP) OS should be installed first.
Another good point.

See Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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30 Sep 2009   #15
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I think your going to have some problems if you are going to try to install XP after you already have Win7 installed. The 'Older' (XP) OS should be installed first.
Another good point.

See Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
I've read that first.Easybcd,right?
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30 Sep 2009   #16
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Yes if you install Windows XP after 7 you need to repair the boot sector with something like EasyBCD or the command-line tools on the DVD. If you were to install XP first you (usually) won't have that problem.
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30 Sep 2009   #17
SofTones

Windows 7 7600 OEM
 
 

7 needs to install to the "C" partition I think... wants to be the MASTER of it's own destiny.......
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30 Sep 2009   #18
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Drive letter doesn't really have anything to do with it. Some people have Windows 7 on D: drive for example. Although it's a bit annoying when that happens. I always like to have Windows on C:
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30 Sep 2009   #19
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Drive letter doesn't really have anything to do with it. Some people have Windows 7 on D: drive for example. Although it's a bit annoying when that happens. I always like to have Windows on C:

But actually no matter what drive letter it has,it's always in the first physical partition,right?
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30 Sep 2009   #20
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

No, you can install Windows on first, second, third, fourth, fifth partition, etc.
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