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Windows 7: Repartitioning | Need to Understand My Present Partitions

08 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise
Repartitioning | Need to Understand My Present Partitions

I have a laptop I’m using for an imaging tutorial that I’m doing. It’s a Lenovo Thinkpad L412. I would like to understand the present partitions before I repartition.

I have:
C: “Windows7_OS” 122GB free of 221 GB
E: “SYSTEM_DRV” 500mb free of 1.17GB
Q: “Lenovo_Recovery” 2.01GB free of 9.76GB

Q: is the Lenovo Recovery partition.
C: apparently has all the System / Windows files and all the data files
*Question: What is E: ?

It has folders
- preboot
- Recovery
- tvtos
Which means it looks like a recovery partition, however “Q” is apparently the recovery partition.

I would like one partition for System / Windows. And one partition for data.
I guess I could shrink the “C” drive, then create “D” partition and move my data files to “D”.

Does that seem like a good plan?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Is the System Drive marked Active? It may contain the boot-critical System files.

I would leave the two Lenovo partitions to be sure your Recovery will run from boot, make your Backup Disks following the steps in your Manual on the Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Then you can use Disk Management to shrink C as you propose and create a Data Partition: User Folders - Change Default Location

For those operations Disk Mgmt can't do, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

If you have any further questions please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map using Snipping Tool in Start menu.
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