when you put pc back to factory setting will it delete the d

November 28, 2012 at 20:36:37
Specs: Windows 7, intel i3 3.20GHS

for years i used to use maxblastor programe to partition my hd but u can only use it if u have a maxtor hd in pc and mine broke and maxtor have gone, taken over by seagate,the partition was perminant untill u used kill disk to delete all partitions.
my problem is i have a HP win7 pc and when u partition the disk in windows when you recover the operating system it takes your d drive partition as well, i tryed easeus and that took the partition as well, the pc came with 1TB hd wich is far too big for the os, and i darn't put anything on the partitioned drive i made because when i remaster it i loose everything, i also have spotmau
but am scared to use it because i might loose all my files.
does anybody know how to make a partition perminant,i have 850GB that i can't use if i have to move it when i remaster my pc. i don't know why they just don't put a tic box for u to check the drive u want to master like in the defragment set up. any help would be greatfully recieved.
thanks a lot guys for your help. i am sure a lot more people would find this topic usefull too.

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November 29, 2012 at 04:55:02

Your explanation may need some clarification.

If you want to restore only your C drive to a particular point in time (beyond the ability of System Restore), you can make an Image of the partition using the built in Windows Back up, put this image onto another hard drive (internal or external) and you can always use that image to reimage (return it to that exact point) the partition. To make this work, you will need to make a Windows 7 Repair Disk onto a CD (or DVD) and this is also easily done right there in the Back Up section. The Repair Disk will allow you to do a Start Up Repair, A System Restore (when Windows or the built in Restore does not work), and reload a saved image.
This is best when you have One partition for your operating system and your programs, and a second one for all of your files. Windows Back Up can give you the equivalent protection for your files with a regular back up, but the back up image is the best and fastest way to restore your C drive when disaster strikes (corruption, infection, dead drive, etc).
If this does not answer your question, please explain in more details.
Acronis is highly recommended for partitioning work and if you have Western Digital drives (even if it is only your secondary drive for your back ups), you can download a free version from Western Digital (it will work on all drives if any of your drives are WD's).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 30, 2012 at 07:27:50

If you used kill disk you have already lost all your data.

As Fingers stated above, your post is confusing.

Did you create the backup disks BEFORE wiping the drive?

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November 30, 2012 at 15:43:45

when i wanted to get rid of the partitions on the drive i used kill disk,then installed the os and used the max blast programe to make a new partition,that partition ie my E drive stayed there no mater how many times i put my disks in and recovered my pc to factory set ie my C drive (os drive),E drive never got wiped so my files were safe but with windows7 partition manager,and easuse, i can't do this because when i put the disks in it wipes C drive & E drive,
I am looking for a programe that will give me the same as i had with maxblast, a perminent partition so when i recover with the disks to factory set i will not loose my E drive as well, maxblast only works if you have a maxtor hardrive installed unforunatly maxtor have been taken over by seagate, and all my maxtor drives have broken, I don't know what make of HD my PC came with it says ST3100528AS,
and i have 2 westeren digital sata drives installed.
can anyone please help me find a programe that will give me a E drive that won't be deleted when i put in my recovery disks on C/os drive.
any help greatfully recieved.

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November 30, 2012 at 20:51:08

If you use the Factory Restore feature from either a factory installed partition or a recovery disk set for either Windwos XP or Windows 7 it will wipe the entire drive (except the recovery partition) and return it to the way it was shipped from the factory.
If you recover the drive from a prior made disk image, you control what drive is restored.
If you want to control what partitions you delete, just use Disk Manager and right click on the partition and select delete. This will not of course work for the active C partition from within Windows.
As mentioned, if you have Western Digital drives, you can use the free version of Acronis that you can download from WD. This will be able to do your partitioning also.
If you are not in need to restore right now and have no problems with your system drive, I would recommend making an image of your C drive now so you will be able to restore to this point at anytime in the future. You will need to store this image on a different hard drive. Also make that Repair Disk for repairs and recovering.
If you are in need right now of returning the system drive to factory settings, Make an image of any partition that is on that hard drive that you need to keep and store that copy to another hard drive so you can restore that later. Of course, if it contains important files, make a fresh back up of the drive also and store that to a different location. This will ensure that you do not loose important files in case making the image or restoring it somehow goes wrong. When the drive is exactly the way you want it with all of your programs, personal settings, and personalizations, then make an image of the drive for the future.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 30, 2012 at 21:21:55


I think you just don't understand how to install Windows 7. If you want multiple partitions you can accomplish that with many different programs including Windows 7, Easeus partition manager and the tools the best choice is the tools you can download from the hard drive manufacturers sites.

If you use the manufacturers tools you can partition your entire hard drive before installing Windows or just create the first pimary partition and handle the rest later.

Windows 7 can do that too. The only downside to using the Windows disk tools is Windows 7 creates a small partition at the front of the drive. This would not be a problem but for the fact it counts as one of the 4 allowable partitions you are allowed to make.

If you use the manufacturers tools, you can eliminate that small partition. That partition is there for Special Windows features which most users don't utilize.

The replacement for Maxblast is Seatools . You can download it from the Seagate site.

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December 1, 2012 at 07:10:26

According to Microsoft the max partition size in Windows 7 is 2 TB. Unless you WANT to create multiple partitions for different uses (OS/Files/Data/Media/Etc), you don't HAVE to.

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December 1, 2012 at 07:39:55

Trailing in after OtH and Fingers... who have covered much of the ground variously re' possible options... (and thanks to OtH for the update re' Maxblast replacement by Seagate)...

Re' saving as in imaging or similar a partition and its contents... I seem to recall that Acronis allows you to disk-span an image for a drive that is too larger for one optical disk. Not sure about the WD freebie version as that's likely a very cut down version with limited options). But the full paid for versions do (if I recall correctly) allow that path - multiple disks. Thus if you have a large drive and or partitions various... you can image them that way. Does Eseaus allow similar?

Similarly I think Acronis etc. (Eseaus too...?) "may" allow a simple copy routine - across more than one disk. This copy can (usually) be read/accessed by most current OS - as it's in form of readable files etc. Whereas a true backup doesn't allow that option - readable/accessible by another OS - other than to actually restore it to a drive/partition.

Windows backup is not an actual copy either. It's in the form of code that cannot be read as usable data by any system (other than to be restored to a given location). But when restored returns all data etc. to the destination drive/partition.

The obvious benefit of disk-spanning is that you don't need another large external drive; although they are cheap enuff these days...? Disadvantage is that you have to keep them secure and avoid losing or breaking them. I favour both methods for critical/important stuff...

Regardless of current situation, always wise to make copies (rather than true backups) of all data etc. off the system entirely; and to check them occasionally too to ensure they are OK. And if anything really critical (stuff you simply wouldn't wish to lose) then make two sets and keep in safe places apart from each other. And even better make a copy to an external hard-drive too; be it usb or a NAS device (Network Area Storage) which can be accessed over a wifi or cat-5 etc. lan. Actual copies rather than true backups allow you to option of accessing the contents at any time on any viable/working system...

Obviously update the copies too at intervals - by making a fresh set (new disks); and keep previous set until you make a second or third or whatever update/copy... That way you have latest and the most recent prior to newest at all times.

Going back to your query for a path to preserving E; partition (you data/files area?). Time was when recovery routines allowed a partial restore to delivery state and/or a full restore to delivery state. The former didn't (one believed/hoped) touch other than the primary that had the OS etc. installed; the latter did wipe the drive fully and rebuild as delivered... with obvious loss of all data... Sadly that went a while ago and a full destructive restore seems to be the norm nowadays? And this happened prior to arrival of Win-7 (depending on manufacturer of your system).

The gurus nonetheless always advised to safeguard data somewhat along the lines above; and certainly before running any allegedly safe partial restore disk routines (just in-case...). Similarly if/when restoring/re-installing/rebuilding an OS, be it via a repair routine or restoring an image from another saved elsewhere.

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December 1, 2012 at 20:42:51

Actually Windows back up (in Windows 7) does allow restoring of specific files as well as a complete restore.

I prefer back ups and system drive images on a second internal drive and copies of the most important on either another computer or an external drive. For extremely critical data, add either DVD back up or an off site professional service.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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