Solved Need help on how to make a partition on my C drive

Microsoft Windows 7 professional sp1 64-...
January 9, 2014 at 08:20:12
Specs: Windows 7, 16
Hello all

Well now i got my friends computer next to me and i will make a fresh install of Windows 7. Now in this computer as of now the C drive is a 120 GB SSD drive and of course it is full. So now in the rebuild i will have the following options:
Here is what i have in the computer : ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z87 with a I7 As drive i have 2 120 GB ssd drives + i have 1 2TB drive + i have 1 3TB drive so i have the option on taking the drive i want to make the rebuild.

If for any reason i go with the 2 TB drive how should i partition this drive and please make this easy for me. I do have a program called Partition Wizard Pro so this will help me out here.

Thanks all


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#1
January 9, 2014 at 08:52:10
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I have not used Partition Wizard Pro so I can't speak to the pros or cons.

I suggest you use the utility on the 2TB or 3TB drives from the drive manufacturer instead. Large capacity drives can sometimes be problematic as far as partitioning them. That is why I recommend using the manufacturers tools instead.

I also suggest you keep Windows 7 on the SSD. Simply delete all the programs, files, etc, after you back them up. Keep Windows 7 intact. Allow Windows to control the swap file.

Install programs to one of the larger 2TB or 3TB drives. As far as partitioning and formatting goes, you would know better than anyone how much room you need for programs and files.

I am a believer in multiple partitions. The main reason is that it makes it much easier to perform backups/ images. Running backup software on a 2TB partition will take forever. Your programs usually don't change much so the frequency for backups is less than it is for your personal files. So you can backup as different times and intervals.

100GB should be good for your programs, considering you currently have them AND Windows on a 120GB.

Make another partition for your larger personal files, like music, photos, etc. Those can be simply copied to a second location for redundancy. They are already compressed so using backup software won't save much space.

You could simply leave the rest of the drive RAW until you have a need.

You also need to consider where you will be backing up all that data. Either a second large internal drive, or preferably an external hard drive large enough to hold at least 2 images of everything. I use a 2TB USB drive and it was cheap ($60 at newegg).

Windows 7 imaging tools work great for that. As I said above, don't both with the imaging for the personal files. You can't get much compression out of it and you can access them much more easily if they are just straight copies.

Be sure to have a Windows 7 system repair disk made so you can restore Windows 7, if necessary.


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#2
January 9, 2014 at 09:49:07
Hello otheHill

Would it be possible to tell me more about the utility on the 2TB or 3TB drives from the drive manufacturer and where do i get these. Let's say that the 2 TB is a Maxtor so where would i get this tool.

Also then i would need to give a computer course on how and where to install his programs because as defaults they always go to the c drive but can we fix this so the default goes to another drive where the programs will be then i would not need to give my friend a course on where to install his programs.

Thanks


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#3
January 9, 2014 at 11:36:05
Maxtor is part of Seagate. Seagate recommends using Windows to partition. Doing that creates an additional small partition that most users never need.

So, maybe the software you have will work. Is your software the product in the link below? If so, what version is it.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/part...


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#4
January 9, 2014 at 11:43:06
Hello again

This is the version that i have

MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition


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#5
January 9, 2014 at 14:19:12
Then use it to make the partitions.

Boot to the Windows SSD and clean up by running CCleaner slim.

Run the partition Wizard from within Windows to perform the partitioning and formatting. Use the default cluster size of 4k.

What are you going to do about backups?


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#6
January 9, 2014 at 14:43:16
I can put the back ups on the 3 tb

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#7
January 9, 2014 at 14:59:22
I'm asking perhaps a redundant question - mainly to check something rather essential…

This "computer is presumably a desktop system", and can accommodate at least two hard drives? It is NOT a laptop?


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#8
January 9, 2014 at 16:57:05
Desktop and it has inside 5 hard drive

2 120 SSD drives witch 1 of them has the operating system
Another 250 GB hard drive witch is used only for the back ups
1 2TB hard drive
1 3TB hard drive

So this makes it 5 hard drives in all

So i will keep the operating system windows 7 on the 120 SSD drive
Transfer all the programs on the 2 TB hard drive witch i will partition

Now all i need to know is can we get the programs to install automatically on the other drive then on the C drive or i will need to give my friend a crash course on how to install the programs on another drive then on the C drive.

Thanks


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#9
January 9, 2014 at 17:29:44
Phew... For moment iI was reading it as a single drive bay only - i.e. a laptop style...

As I recall any given programmes can usually only be installed in any one location at a time. But some could go on one drive/partition, and some on another... But you couldn't - for example - install M$-Office on C: and then again elsewhere, or visa versa (dual location installation not allowed).

You can elect to accept the default location (typically C: or wherever the OS resides) or change the destination (via the browse/change option - with which I think you already are familiar?).


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#10
January 9, 2014 at 18:14:07
To install the programs on another drive, you typically select the Custom Install option and just substitute the correct drive letter instead of the default C in the window. If nothing else is changed, the installer will use the default folder names, etc. You can put folders in the programs drive for 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)' just like they are in the C drive and they will go there (though they will probably be made automatically be made anyway). As far as I know there is no way to change default installs since it is the individual installers that select the location it defaults to.

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


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