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Windows 7: New laptop partition sizes

24 Jun 2010   #11

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

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I would probably do 80-100G for the C: and the rest on D: I am guessing it is setting it up for C: for OS and programs and D: for data storage. .
+1 - this would be the ideal for your setup. Leave the remaining for your D-partition.
I was wrong on this Lomai. I think his D is a recovery partition and should be the min 40G
Thanks Thorsen.


Could you give us the model number for your laptop?

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24 Jun 2010   #12

Win7 Home Premium 64x

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Yeah, it's assuming some background knowledge of hard drives which I wouldn't have thought most people have.... Thanks

yeah right? wierd. This is not known stuff unless you've been in computers for a while. It was wrong for this company to assume everyone purchasing a new computer would know about this.

I am sure they expected everyone to just be confused, panic, worry, and then select the default and hope for the best.

Kudos to you on questioning and researching the issue. Bravo.
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24 Jun 2010   #13
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Set it up to anything you like. You can always change it later once we can have a look at your Disk Management. Chances are that there are further partitions being allocated - e.g. the 100MB active boot partition and the partition with the factory image. What they call "recovery partition" now is most likely for Win7 imaging, else I would not know why they are asking for a 40GB minimum.
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24 Jun 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


The Recovery partition will be a separate hidden partition and isn't set up by User.

The App is asking you if you want to separate your data drive from the OS drive, a popular arrangement whereby your OS and programs are installed to the first partition C drive, then your User folders and storage are on a separate partition which acts as a data vault if the OS should fail to boot. You can then easily reimage the C drive from a Win7 backup image and your data will all be in place and up to date on D waiting for it.

If you are going to try this, Here is the tutorial for how to set this up: User Folders - Change Default Location

If you want to follow this approach, I recommend 50-100gb C drive depending upon how many programs you have. You can resize it later by shrinking in Disk Management, then Resizing D using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is the best manager to do what Disk Mgmt cannot, in this case resizing the left border of a partition.

Once set up and running, save a Win7 backup image externally along with a routine backup of D data in case of HD failure.
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