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Why 2 partitions?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1


    I never get why some OEMs do such strange things with partitions. I'd just delete D: and extend C:.

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  2. #12


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Did you buy an Asus? Gateways - PCs and Laptops. some of them are made by Asus, at least it's what my one Windows 7 Install disk tells me, as it reads the BIOS and installs the appropriate activation and support files. - They always partition up the hard drives for Data storage on a larger portion of the drive. My m7321u was like this, I've seen other Brands that are actually ASUS lately.

    Just make an appropriate storage area on the Data drive, and add it to your Library as the others here suggest- Then point all of your Browser downloads to download to that folder. It's the best way to keep the space on your System drive down. The system drive does not need to be very large, it can be as low as 40 Gig. But even a 500 Gig System drive will fill up rapidly if all of your downloads are saved on it. I have about 6 TB total storage on all of my systems ands it's still not enough. The best management is to keep copies of the most important files in at least 2 places, in case of Drive Failure which is an Issue with Windows 8.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post

    IMO, relocating the folders is better than creating a new set and then integrating them into the Libraries.

    I have several programs that dump files into the Documents folder by default (Format Factory, Rainmeter and Macrium Reflect).
    If you relocate the default folders, those files will go to the new folder location.

    If you create new folders and keep the original folders, those files will go into the original folders.
    I lost my custom Rainmeter ini files that way (when I reinstalled Windows 7). :o
    It's a very good point, but I'd separate software that incorrectly stores settings in Documents instead of AppData and software that keeps user generated content in Documents, like Camtasia or even Windows Assessment Console :)

    But My Documents folder is included in the the library by default, so just don't remove it. The benefit is that you keep separately your documents and software stuff, which is rarely actual documents from exeprience.

    But then it comes down to the question of user skills that is basically defined by the frequency of clean installations per time period :) Yet these skills are only about following Microsoft recommendations:

    1. If you back up your files, say, with File History, than libraries are taken care of automatically.
    2. If you have an installation disc or bothered to create an image, Refresh Your PC will keep your personal files even if you can't boot into the system.
    3. If you don't have an installation disc, but at least bothered to create a recovery media, you can always retrieve your files.

    But if you don't possess these skills, absolutely, you'd better move you personal folders and pray your [other] drive doesn't die ('cause you don't have backup). lehnerus2000, I don't mean you in particular here, it's aimed at general public ;)
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  4. #14


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Basically ...


    Quote Originally Posted by sashah View Post
    Thank you for your responses. Having 2 partitions seems to be a good idea as explained by Baidukun and lehnerus2000. Ideally, I would like Libraries to remain at the top of File Explorer but read D:\Users\Joan. Is that what is meant by "relocating folders"? I tend to get a little lost referring to folders and programs so need specific instructions to put things in the right place.
    Would the following process be correct?:
    Click Computer
    Click OS(C:\)
    Click Users
    Click Joan
    Right click My Documents
    Click Properties
    Click the Location tab
    Change the C:\ to D:\
    Then ... Apply? or Move?
    I would then do the same for Music, Pictures and Videos.
    Please let me know if this is correct before I mess up royally.
    Thanks
    That is basically correct.

    However you should create the target folders first.

    I suggest that you do something like:
    1 - Create these folders:

    • D:\Documents
    • D:\Music
    • D:\Pictures
    • D:\Videos

    2 - Then change location:

    • C:\Documents to D:\Documents
    • C:\Music to D:\Music
    • C:\Pictures to D:\Pictures
    • C:\Videos to D:\Videos


    Try it with one folder first.
    If you miss the target (or change your mind) you can click the "Restore Default" button to reset the location.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    But if you don't possess these skills, absolutely, you'd better move you personal folders and pray your [other] drive doesn't die ('cause you don't have backup). lehnerus2000, I don't mean you in particular here, it's aimed at general public
    I backup my Windows 7 partitions individually using Macrium Reflect.
    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Notes:

    Check to see if it is compatible with W8 before attempting to use it.
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 24 May 2013 at 03:46. Reason: Link Corrected
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Thank you all for the feedback. lehreus2000, I will create the folders as you suggest, and thank you for the clear instructions. I have seen the term 'target folder' before but don't really understand it.
    If I make those changes, will any programs which use Libraries still know where to put files. I'm thinking in terms of My Pictures as I tell Word where to save.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Vadikan, you brought up a concern I have. My computer came with a Recovery Partition (which I already used once to restore factory state after importing setting I didn't want). Do I also need to make a Recovery disk? I frequently back up my data and was intending to use the File History feature as it sounds really useful and there are no disadvantages to using it.
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  7. #17


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    A lot of programs use the My Documents or My Music as default locations. On your system the "My" folders are just links to the real folder location but the "My" name is still required for a lot of programs. Using Properties - Location as you have seen shows you the real folder location. When changing this location the Move will move all the files from the present folder to the new folder and all your programs are happy because the "My" name is still there. Hope this helps.

    Jim
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  8. #18


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    For the Library right click a Library like Documents or Music and select Properties and it gives you a window to add or remove any folder to that library.

    Click image for larger version

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  9. #19


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    I do appreciate all the help and apologize for my limited knowledge. Phone Man, what changes would you suggest to this suggestion from lenerus2000?
    However you should create the target folders first.

    I suggest that you do something like:
    1 - Create these folders:


    • D:\Documents
    • D:\Music
    • D:\Pictures
    • D:\Videos


    2 - Then change location:


    • C:\Documents to D:\Documents
    • C:\Music to D:\Music
    • C:\Pictures to D:\Pictures
    • C:\Videos to D:\Videos
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  10. #20


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I would organize you D: drive with what ever new folders you like and then Move the location in your "My" folders to the new folders. You could do something like D:\ Joan\Documents and so on to keep it organized. I have my D: drive with lots of other folders so by using my example it helps to keep it organized. It can all ways be changed if you want to in the future.

    Jim
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