drive partition

Samsung R519
April 15, 2010 at 15:43:59
Specs: Windows 7
Hiya, can someone please help me? I have a
new laptop and whilst setting it up it is asking
me to set partitions for C: and D: I am not at
all technical and have no idea what I should be
doing and would appreciate if anyone out there
could walk me through this!?!
Thanks Loads

Mich


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#1
April 15, 2010 at 18:35:53
Yes ok, so let's start with this.
It's alway a good idea to have 2 partitions, one for drive C and one for drive D, because when the installation of windows is finished, you're not done.

The point is, by default, the folder for the personal files is located on drive C, which is a real bad idea.
This is because, if you have to reinstall your windows, maybe by using a recovery disk, all your personal files are lost.
So the smart user takes care of that and reconfigures the location of the personal files, so that all files are stored on drive D.

In Windows 7, you can do this, by simply rightclicking the personal folder, choosing properties and then move to location or somthing like that. (I'm not sure, whether it's realy named as I stated, because it just from the memory).

So as you can see, it makes sense to have 2 partitions and therefore 2 drives.

Windows 7 itself needs a lot of space for itself and I guess you plan to install several software packages. So depending on the software, you plan to install and the maximum size of the hard drive, you have to make your choice.

I mostly use 60 GB for drive C and the rest for drive D.

I hope that helps a bit.

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#2
April 15, 2010 at 21:53:45
set your C;\ partition to 60-100 GB, and your D;\ partition to take up all the remaining space.
then install win 7 on the C;\ partition.
once you have set up your installation and installed all the programs you will be using and have the desktop setup the way you want and are happy with the way your machine is running, you can then go to start/programs/maintenence/backup and restore and create a system image and store that on the d;\ drive, this means that if you have any problems you can restore your full system in about 20 mins from the image, rather than having to install everything again,
from the backup and restore you can also set your machine to backup all files and folders to the D;\ drive so that you have all your files stored in a second place JUST IN CASE.
hope this helps

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
May 12, 2010 at 05:55:16
Before you do anything how about explaining why a NEW laptop doesn't have an OS on it already?

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