Create two drives (partitions?) out of one HDD

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November 17, 2014 at 15:08:12
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
My new computer has a hard drive which is way larger then I need or am using. On my last computer I had two physical drives and I would occasionally clone my primary drive to the secondary drive as a backup. I would like to create "another disc" (partition?) so I could again clone my primary drive/system to a secondary drive. At the moment the current hard drive has a OS (C;), a HP_Recovery (D:), and a Recovery (F:). Am I way off base or is there any sense to this? As an aside the computer often wants me to format the F; drive--which I have been ignoring as I did not know it's use.

Thanks for your input. Uncle Dewey

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November 17, 2014 at 15:36:05
Uncle Dewey in simple terms if you partition your new drive to two partitions it would be fatal to backup to the second paretition. If the drive should fail (and even new ones do) you would not be able to restore the first partition. Always backup to a second drive (external or separate in the same box)

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November 17, 2014 at 16:25:59
I should have been more specific. The clone copy would be purely for my convenience--you are absolutely correct it would be of no use if the drive should "die" whereas when I actually had two hard drives it would be a good backup, but it too was for convenience. I do have an external drive that I do a compressed backup to and then store it in a fire proof safe. I could retrieve and use it quite easily except for the trip downstairs to the safe.

It might be better for me to leave well enough alone--it just seems the other 793GB just being there should be used.

Thanks for your interest, Uncle Dewey

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November 18, 2014 at 01:16:42
A pleasure thanks for getting back

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November 18, 2014 at 12:24:55
You can still use the remaining space without merging the partitions. I personally think that keeping your programs on a separate partition and your personal files on yet another partition is a good practice.

When backing up you may not even need to back up the program partition but on the other hand, the Windows partition changes on a weekly basis. So backups become quicker and take less space.

Your personal files probably do NOT need to be compressed so keeping them on a third partition allows you to simply copy them to a backup location and then back again when required. Photos and music are already in a compressed mode by virtue of the file type.

I even keep an unallocated portion of my primary disk so that I can install a different OS without the use of the Windows or third party boot manager. Modern BIOSes should allow you to boot to any bootable partition in the box.

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