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why did ASUS partition this hard drive this way?

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    why did ASUS partition this hard drive this way?


    I have never seen a Hard Drive partitioned the way ASUS did with this store bought PC. This is on a ASUSTeK Computer INC. ET2321I 0307-All in One PC. (See attachments).

    I stumbled on this when I had to help him back something for him. I physically put it on his D: for now and will move it later.

    Description of Issue: This is not on my PC but on a friend who is in his 60's so he wouldn't even know the first thing about computers. He called me for an issue and I saw this. The hard drive was partitioned with a C: and D Drive. (Nothing out of the ordinary here) Windows (on the C: Drive) taking up 150 GB while the D: Drive is set for Data using 761 GB. I am attaching a screen shot of my description. I am aware (my friend is not) I can change the Target path to go to the D: drive, but it then changes all the folders to a Hard Drive icon.

    The HD appears to be a 1 TB HD. Any data he saves, automatically saves on the C: Drive and is quickly filling up. I was going to do a fresh install, including a format for him and delete this partition. I have never used a 3rd party software to expand the C: drive or combine the C: + D: any recommendations?


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    Thanks in advance!!!!

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    • Get a copy of windows 8.1 (in the tutorials)
    • Get a copy of Ubuntu and make a live disk or usb(you can burn it using windows burner at the slowest setting.
    • Before you do a reinstall don't forget to sync windows with onedrive
    • Download your model drivers to your ext. HDD so you have them ready(burn to a DVD or place on a thumb drive for future use).
    • Then to save time later download all installed program installers ahead of time(to reinstall later)
    • Also let windows backup your libraries using file history to an external HDD so you can restore them quickly after.
    • Then boot the ubuntu live disk up go to try ubunto(live disk session) call up gparted and destroy the partitions by deleting them.
    • Then install proceed to install windows. should only take about an afternoon to reinstall everything. That's still much faster than Windows 7 and earlier. Then reinstall windows.
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    A quick fix would be to move your user folders like documents, downloads, pictures etc to the data drive. User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums Then anything downloaded to the downloads folder will save to D:. Ow, and by the way, why assume because somebody is 60 years old that that means they don't know anything about computers?
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    Forgot to add, I don't know why all the recovery partitions? My ASUS laptop I think had 2, The first one Windows 8 installs, plus a factory one at the end of the drive. Plus the EFI and Windows partition.
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    This looks very familiar for a W8.1 installation except for the additional D partition. But that was a smart move by Asus because shrinking a huge C partition in order to gain a data partition is not obvious - at least with disk management because it cannot move the MFT.

    You have 2 options to move the data to D:

    1. With the location tab in Properties. That makes the folders on D the default. I personally don't like that option for various reasons,

    User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    2. Make new Documents, Music, etc. folders on the D partition and move the appropriate data there. Give them a slightly different name for distinction - e.g. Documents 2 etc.. Then right click on those 4 folders and INCLUDE them into the appropriate library. That leaves the default folders on C where programs sometimes store some repositories. Make sure the repositories that are already there and are not folders owned by the user do not get moved to D. That is generally only the case in Documents.
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    Ow, and by the way, why assume because somebody is 60 years old that that means they don't know anything about computers?
    I got my first PC when I was 70. It was the first day Vista was out - and actually the wife bought it and I was not too pleased. There is always time to learn.
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    As there is a 450MB recovery partition between C and D you can't use disk management but you could merge C and D.

    Copy everything to from D:/ to C:/, delete D:, use Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to move the 450MB partition all the way to the right and then extend C: to take the free space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    As there is a 450MB recovery partition between C and D you can't use disk management but you could merge C and D.

    Copy everything to from D:/ to C:/, delete D:, use Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to move the 450MB partition all the way to the right and then extend C: to take the free space.
    This is the worst option. I would never do that. The data should always be in a separate partition, not on C. Then your data is safe when the system goes down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    As there is a 450MB recovery partition between C and D you can't use disk management but you could merge C and D.

    Copy everything to from D:/ to C:/, delete D:, use Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to move the 450MB partition all the way to the right and then extend C: to take the free space.

    This is the worst option. I would never do that. The data should always be in a separate partition, not on C. Then your data is safe when the system goes down.
    That's my feeling to. I always use a separate Data partition for my docs pictures etc. Then on a clean install all I do is nuke the Windows partition and other system partitions, leaving the Data partition intact. I have it backed up externally but it saves me having to copy it all back to the drive. It's a lot easier to just change my user folder locations after the reinstall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    • Get a copy of windows 8.1 (in the tutorials)
    • Get a copy of Ubuntu and make a live disk or usb(you can burn it using windows burner at the slowest setting.
    • Before you do a reinstall don't forget to sync windows with onedrive
    • Download your model drivers to your ext. HDD so you have them ready(burn to a DVD or place on a thumb drive for future use).
    • Then to save time later download all installed program installers ahead of time(to reinstall later)
    • Also let windows backup your libraries using file history to an external HDD so you can restore them quickly after.
    • Then boot the ubuntu live disk up go to try ubunto(live disk session) call up gparted and destroy the partitions by deleting them.
    • Then install proceed to install windows. should only take about an afternoon to reinstall everything. That's still much faster than Windows 7 and earlier. Then reinstall windows.

    I don't want to quote everyone here that responded, but Thanks to all! you all have valid points.

    I meant no disrespect (WHS & alpha) in regards to him being in his 60's. I can say that about him as I have known him for years and he admits, he know's absolutely nothing about computers. I actually tried changing the default location. This is where it would change all the nice folder icons to an HDD icon. He didn't want that. I also agree in this for a faster format/re-install of the OS. He would never understand what, or why I did what I did. I actually have that setup on my Windows 7 PC. Only once in a while, (for some unknown reason) I get duplicate user folders to reappear on my C: and I know to delete or do what I need to, he wouldn't if that were to happen. He don't even know how to Copy/Cut/Paste.

    I suppose I could try again to just set the D: as the target path for his Documents. With out clicking on the link above, basically, all I do is right click on each folder I want on the D: partition and change the LOCATION from C:\Users\username\Documents and set it to D: That;s all I do...and hope he don't get the double Download, Documents, Music ect folders. At least his stuff would be there in case of a system wipe.

    Thanks again!!! I"ll keep you posted...
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