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Why 2 partitions?

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    Why 2 partitions?


    Recently, I bought an ASUS N series notebook with Windows 8. It came with 2 partitions on the hard drive - C:// and Data D://. I assume that C drive is meant for the operating system, programs and system folders. Data D: is presumably meant for all the user's data files including documents, pictures and music.

    What I find confusing however, is that Libraries has Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos for storing data and those folders are in C:. They are also conveniently located at the top of the File Explorer screen. In addition, Windows 8 has a 'File History' feature, which backs up files as they are created, but will only back up files in Libraries. Window seems to encourage using Libraries for data files.

    If I keep all my files in the Libraries folders on the C partition, then what is D drive for? Keeping files in means I cannot use the File History feature and I have to scroll down in File Explorer to get to the files. The D: partition is much bigger than the C: partition so , if I don't use it, a lot of space is wasted.

    Can anyone enlighten me as to why there are 2 partitions? I have searched everywhere for an answer to this to no avail so would appreciate you responses.

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    Libraries is basically a collection of links (Junction points and/or Hard Links) to other folders on the same or different disks. So you could click on a link in Libraries and actually be browsing data on the D: drive.

    There is a good set of tutorials here: Master the basics of Microsoft Windows 7

    Forget it, that's for Windows 7, sorry.
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    I realize that Libraries is just a shortcut to files and is placde at the top of the screen for convenient access. If I save Word documents and photos in D: how to I get Libraries to open those files? Directing Word to save to D: does not enable opening of the files from Libraries. Maybe this is just a weird question because no one else seems to have this concern.
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    Move?


    You could move those folders to the D drive.
    • Create empty folders on the D drive and name them appropriately
    • Locate the original folders in your user folder
    • Right click on them and choose "Properties"
    • Click on the "Location" tab
    • Browse to your new folder and click on the "Move" button
    • Repeat as required

    Once you have done that, the folders should be accessible from the Libraries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sashah View Post
    I realize that Libraries is just a shortcut to files and is placde at the top of the screen for convenient access. If I save Word documents and photos in D: how to I get Libraries to open those files? Directing Word to save to D: does not enable opening of the files from Libraries. Maybe this is just a weird question because no one else seems to have this concern.
    It's very easy. Assuming, you have D:\Documents
    1. Add D:\Documents to the Documents library
    2. Open the library properties, select your folder, click Set save location.
    3. (optional) Remove the folders you don't need.

    Now when you save a document in Word, just click the Documents library and then Save. When you need to access, click the Documents library and it'll be there.

    This is a good example how you can use libraries to bypass the hassle of moving personal folders to another partition (also explained by lehnerus2000 above). And yes, this method makes it easier to access your files from Explorer, including Open / Save as dialogs, because Library entry points are better integrated into the shell.
    Last edited by Vadikan; 23 May 2013 at 03:49. Reason: added info
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    Windows 7 uiltimate, Windows 8.1 pro 64bit, Windows server 2008R2, Windows 10 TP


    Quote Originally Posted by sashah View Post
    Can anyone enlighten me as to why there are 2 partitions? I have searched everywhere for an answer to this to no avail so would appreciate you responses.
    Two different partitions has good points and bad points, but I think good outweighs bad.

    First If you need to restore or reinstall OS you can do it without losing your data in other partition.
    Backups are better to manage and are smaller you can do OS partition image and backup data from data partition on separate schedule.
    Downside is that you need to distribute your space in advance (of course you can resize partitions later but that takes time and has limitations) for example if you have lots and large software your system partition should be bigger but if you have lots of data you should assign more space to data partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    This is a good example how you can use libraries to bypass the hassle of moving personal folders to another partition (also explained by lehnerus2000 above). And yes, this method makes it easier to access your files from Explorer, including Open / Save as dialogs, because Library entry points are better integrated into the shell.
    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).

    Quote Originally Posted by Baidukun View Post
    Two different partitions has good points and bad points, but I think good outweighs bad.

    First If you need to restore or reinstall OS you can do it without losing your data in other partition.
    Backups are better to manage and are smaller you can do OS partition image and backup data from data partition on separate schedule.
    Agreed.

    Creating a backup HDD image takes less time, if the partitions are smaller.
    Also, defragging the OS partition takes less time, if it is smaller and contains fewer files.

    I like to keep random files off of my OS partition.
    I use separate partitions (for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos) which means I can use a 40 GB partition for my OS, instead of a 1 TB+ partition.
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    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
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    Thank you to Medab1 for the link to ASUS service. I have never come across this site in all my searching. It looks great and is now bookmarked for future reference.
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