Solved How set up partitions on hard drive Window 7

June 16, 2016 at 04:47:35
Specs: Windows 64, Celeron B815 1.6GHz 6GB Ram
I have a Windows 7 PC with everything on the 'C' Drive. I have learned from here that I should only have the core programs on 'C' with all data on another partition, say 'D'. How do I do this?

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June 16, 2016 at 05:25:52
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Ideally one creates the two partitions at time of setting up the system.

You can do it afterwards - with third party software; and can do it within windows-7 itself (no third-party software involved).

This link discusses the approach using windows itself:

and a slightly more graphic how to:

a youtube video:

But... BEFORE you set about tweaking/changing hard drive partitions regardless of which approach you use)... first safeguard "all your" personal files. Copy them to to DVD (at least) and if possible to an external hard drive too is nice(r).

Verify the copies are accessible too - before proceed with partition tweaks...

And even when you do have data on its own partition, still safeguard/duplicate important files to external storage. Photos are the usual serious loss, but other items too may also be important to you... Update these external copies at regular intervals, and check them to.

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June 16, 2016 at 09:22:17
To add to the above comments, IF you intend to move your programs to a second partition you will need to re-install them. You can move you data to new locations at any time.

You posted that you have Windows 64. Is your computer a desktop or something else? What 64bit version of Windows are you using. Windows 7, and I assume Windows 10 allow you to shrink a volume allowing you to use the created free space for another one or more partitions.

That is performed while you are in Disk Management. There are some limitations in Windows concerning this operation. There are free third party utilities that are more flexible.

As stated, The procedure is normally done before installing an operating system.

If you have a store bought computer you probably already have multiple partitions. Most brands have a hidden restore partition which isn't viewed in Computer.

I suggest that if you have a desktop PC that you just add a second hard drive, which further protects things, should you have problems in the future.

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June 16, 2016 at 12:06:22
Thank you Trvlr for your quick reply. Much appreciated. I will try one of your options and get back to you.

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June 16, 2016 at 12:14:58
Thank you OtheHill for your additional information. My computer is a Toshiba Satellite Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1 6GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive.

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June 16, 2016 at 13:11:14
"There are free third party utilities that are more flexible"

Such as Easeus Partition Master Free edition:

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June 18, 2016 at 13:55:19
I had to select a best answer. The one I chose gave me a good starting point, but I want to thank you all

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