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HDDs and split partition

  1. #1


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    HDDs and split partition


    Hi there, this is my very first post in here. I lurked a lot Seven forums and now I'm going to upgrade my whole system at home I'm going to install Windows 8 Pro.
    I've got two SATA HDD, sadly I have not SDD , the first one contains two partitions: the first one with the OS and the second one with all the programs/games/utils I've installed in time. The second hard disk contains only datas like movies, pictures, music etc etc.

    Just to be more clear, at the moment with Seven I've got C: with the operative system and D: with all software I installed in time with the two folder "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86).

    As a fresh Windows 8 installation do you suggest me to maintain the double partition of the primary hdd or is it completely useless?

    Thanks in advance for your answers and sorry for bad english and for the wall-of-text!

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  2. #2


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    Hello and welcome.

    In my opinion, you should definitely scrap the two-partition thing you got going and just use a single partition on that hard drive to hold Windows and all it's components.

    Using multiple partitions and drives at the time of installing windows (in may experience) has caused the boot loader to be installed somewhere other than the partition the the windows installation resides without you knowing... until you remove one of the partitions or worse, format one of them and suddenly loose the ability to boot.

    Because of this. when installing windows or upgrading I always remove all the other drives before installation.

    I also suggest using Todo Backup to create system backups of the whole OS (takes about 20GB per backup) and storing the backups on the 2nd hard drive. It's very handy for restoring to the moment your new OS was totally set up with drivers and preferred software, instead of doing a fresh install when things get groggy. These backups have saved me many headaches.

    One partition so so much simpler :-)

    It will make upgrading to an SSD a much simpler task too, when the time comes!
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    Using multiple partitions and drives at the time of installing windows (in may experience) has caused the boot loader to be installed somewhere other than the partition the the windows installation resides without you knowing... until you remove one of the partitions or worse, format one of them and suddenly loose the ability to boot.
    Yep...happened to me.

    To answer your question; yes you can dual bot and it's fairly easy to set up...

    Note with dual booting windows 8 and windows 7, you will get the windows 8 dual boot option which is much simpler then previous versions of OS options to choose from.

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista


    Dual Boot windows 8 Pro and windows 7 - Microsoft Community
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    Thanks for the answers, bassfisher6522 I already read those tutorials but my question was not about the dual boot but simply if it'd be better to split the primary HDD in two partition, first one for OS and the second one for later installed programs/games.

    As JohnOfE wrote in the previous post I suppose is not a wise decision so I'll stick with 1 HDD = 1 partition for OS and applications.
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  5. #5


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by n0mad View Post
    Just to be more clear, at the moment with Seven I've got C: with the operative system and D: with all software I installed in time with the two folder "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86).

    As a fresh Windows 8 installation do you suggest me to maintain the double partition of the primary hdd or is it completely useless?

    Thanks in advance for your answers and sorry for bad english and for the wall-of-text!
    If you like the setup, then why not do it again? Having 8 won't make things different than under 7 in this regard. If you have room, then you might want to put all programs on C:. Personally, I don't use such setups. My only reason for doing so would be to enhance performance (always well backed up). If there is a measurable performance gain, then I doubt it would be "felt at the seat of the pants." I'd rather use a second partition for something more fun--like dual booting (assuming, of course, your drives would be large enough).
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    Thanks a lot to everyone for your answers. One more question: as I stated before I've got Seven and to be honest I didn't perform a clean install since very long time. Do you suggest me to upgrade my Seven to Eight or perform a clean installation of Eight?
    Thanks again.
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    You are very welcome. Why dump 7? Reinstall it cleanly before installing 8 (dual boot), although some hold apparently hold that you can install in either order without significant negative issue. Whatever you do, install 8 cleanly--definitely don't do an upgrade install over a possibly problematic 7 installation.
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