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Windows 7: Having a separate Data Partition?

12 Mar 2011   #1
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Having a separate Data Partition?

Well last week on Saturday I reinstalled Windows 7. I completley didn't even think about having a different data partition, but thinking about it today, it seems like a better idea, so that way I can keep both the System and my data separate. Is there a easy but safe way to do this?

Edit: I have included an image of Disk Management




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12 Mar 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



To me the ideal way would be to first shrink the right of C: using Windows disk management then create an Extended partition from the unallocated space you create.

Then as many Logical drives as there are available drive letters can be created within the Extended partition to be used for storage; have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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12 Mar 2011   #3
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

How much should I shrink the drive? Or a better question would be how much should I give the System Partition?
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12 Mar 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
How much should I shrink the drive?
Half should do but only you know how much data storage you need.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
Or a better question would be how much should I give the System Partition?
As small as you can get it using Windows 7 disk management.
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12 Mar 2011   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I see you are using 50Gb at present. So it depends on if you have finished loading all your programs. If so I would go between 60 and 80 Gb to leave room for future installs. It can always be expanded in the future.

Jim
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13 Mar 2011   #6
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Depending on how much personal data you have in there now, I would make the OS partition 80GB.
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13 Mar 2011   #7
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So once I shrink the partition, then what would I precede to do? Should I check out the tutorial about moving User Folders?
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13 Mar 2011   #8
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, it seems like Windows does not want me to shrink it at all, it gives me 0 mb of shrink space I am running the Disk Defragmenter right now to see if that gives me any space to shrink... my computer shouldn't be that defragmented as I keep up with defragmenting it.

Edit: Disk Defragmenter says 0% Fragmented... Running it anyway... It kept freezing on Pass 3, defragmented with Auslogics Disk Defrag... Still 0 mb of Shrink Space
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13 Mar 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

Try using free Partition Wizard bootable CD to do the shrink so System Files are not running at the time. Rightclick on C to Resize, slide the right grey border to the left as much as it will allow or as you want.

If this fails, I use Perfect Disk 10 trial version to defrag for compactness, followed by rightclicking on C to Offline defrag System files.

The benefit of having a separate data partition is that it keeps your OS/Programs partition backup image lean so that if it becomes irreparable you can quickly reimage it and your data is waiting and current in it's own separate partition "vault." User Folders - Change Default Location
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13 Mar 2011   #10
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I thought you was only suppose to use Windows 7 utilities to mess with the Windows 7 partition? I only feel safe using it's native tools, is there another way that it will let me shrink the partition?

I have attached the Disk Defrag Report file... I believe it lists the files that are defragmented, unmovable (which causes Windows to not want to shrink I believe), and other useful stuff (I think)

Edit: Is their a way to disable (temporarily) these files that won't let me shrink Windows?


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