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Windows 7: Hard Drive Partitioning

13 Oct 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For an external drive, I would create independent folders on the external and then "include" them into the respective library (just right click on the folder > Include in library). That is the least hassle. Then you can move whatever data you please to these folders. You will still have the original folders on C that you can use or not. That will work whether you partition the external drive or not.


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13 Oct 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Contrary to popular belief, formatting does not remove any data at all, it just checks for sector errors and marks the space to be over-written as needed, all the data is still there including all the code from previous/failed installation attempts.




I still get amazed when I see people saying that a format removes data, it does not.
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13 Oct 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

True: Formatting only overwrites the partition table so it has a fresh slate, but data still exists on the HD.

However overwriting zeroes to some is not much different than having 1's and 0's written there. This line of reasoning is that zeroing is only really necessary to cover up data one doesn't want retrieved. In that case it's best to use the DOD standard: 3 sets of zeroes.

I once was reinstalling for a doctor who questioned me closely about whether zeroing would make his data absolutely unretrievable at any time in the future. I told him that I could not guarantee that, that he probably needed to destroy the disk in that case. He took the drive and dumped it in the ocean on a sail to Catalina.
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13 Oct 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
He took the drive and dumped it in the ocean on a sail to Catalina.
I wonder what he was hiding.
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13 Oct 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Taxes was my guess. But NOMB.
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13 Oct 2010   #16
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

don't forget to use the right tools...

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07 Nov 2010   #17
Opi8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey guys, I got my external hard drive...now I am trying to partition it so it is like mentioned before, with a seperate drive for music, videos, etc...but I just realized it's completely unnecessary as I can just make folders like whs mentioned, and it would probably be a lot easier to manage them. However, I had begun to follow the tutorial and at one point, got stuck and randomly decided to "mark partition as active". Now that I'm not actually gonna be partitioning it and such, does it matter that I did that? Is there any way to put it back to innactive / do I need to?

edit: oh, and if I were to just drag my game installations from "All Programs" to the external drive, that wouldn't really work properly would it? Like, would it ruin certain files and mess up the games? (my guess is yes, but would be great if I could avoid reinstalling each game onto my external)
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07 Nov 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



You do need to mark that partition as " Inactive " so it doesn't cause issues later; have a look at Option Two #2 in this tutorial at the link below for an out-line of the process.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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07 Nov 2010   #19
Opi8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again.



You do need to mark that partition as " Inactive " so it doesn't cause issues later; have a look at Option Two #2 in this tutorial at the link below for an out-line of the process.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
I looked at Option 2 and am now very confused. I do not have the DVD it is talking about, and it doesn't actually say HOW to do it using a command prompt. Could you let me know soon as I don't want to encounter issues later on at all
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07 Nov 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, here's how.





Click THIS LINK and in the command window type the commands listed in the snip below and hit <enter> after each command; using your disk/partition information for the partition that you need to mark inactive, when viewed using disk management.
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Hard Drive Partitioning-inactive2.jpg


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