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Windows 7: New laptop partition sizes

24 Jun 2010   #1
tickle

Windows 7
 
 
New laptop partition sizes

My new Samsung laptop with Windows 7 is asking me what proportion of my HD I want as c and d. It is 232GB in total and the d drive has to be minimum 40GB.... I have no idea what sizes to make them as have never come across partitions before. It says I can't change the sizes once I have set them (although I gather from reading other forums that this may be possible with other software). Any advice would be appreciated.




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24 Jun 2010   #2
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Edit: Bad info in Grey (this looks like setup for recovery partition)

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. I haven't seen a computer demand partitioning during startup.
From within Windows Disk Management you can create and delete partitions and if you delete the D: partition you can expand the C: partition into it I think.
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24 Jun 2010   #3
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Just be careful and be aware of where your Recovery Partition is located. It would probably be a good idea before you start messing with partitions to create a set of backup discs or a system image on an external HDD.
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24 Jun 2010   #4
tickle

Windows 7
 
 

No, me neither - I gather it's a new thing! All it says is 'saving important data or backup images to the d drive can prevent data loss and can be used for easy system restore in case of system corruption' so I'm not even sure it's asking me to partition for OS vs data.

If it's literally just for backup I'm tempted to just set the d drive to the minimum (40GB) leaving just over 190GB for the usual c drive stuff.......?
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24 Jun 2010   #5
tickle

Windows 7
 
 

electrotune - I haven't even got as far as the desktop yet. This is an essential step in the set up which I can't bypass so it's not a case of 'messing' with them - I need to set the partitions up!
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24 Jun 2010   #6
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Yes. the 40G min for backups is the way to go
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24 Jun 2010   #7
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I am suprised it actually let you modify it at all instead of just setting it up for you, and 40G is a big chunk of your HD.
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24 Jun 2010   #8
tickle

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, it's assuming some background knowledge of hard drives which I wouldn't have thought most people have.... Thanks
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24 Jun 2010   #9
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
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.
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24 Jun 2010   #10
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
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
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