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Questions about partitioning HHD

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Questions about partitioning HHD


    Just got a new computer.. has a single 2TB HHD.

    They way its set up now is there are two partitions


    “C:” Windows @ 149 GB & “D:” Data 1.65 TB


    My question

    To me it seems the C drive should be larger. Right now there is 105GB free but I have not loaded any of my programs yet. ( MS Office, AutoCAD, Sony Vegas, Google Earth, Rendering programs and such just to name a few)

    Sense programs are installed on the C drive I don’t want to run out of room.


    Can the size of the partitions be adjusted?


    If so How?


    Wanted to do this (If I do) before I start install all my stuff

    Thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    The C: partition size is fine, you would need a lot of programs to full the partition.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the OEM version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software



    The Recovery USB drive can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or
    look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I would take theog's advice as gospel; however, I am a bit curious as to how those partitions got configured that way. So, did you do a clean install and let Windows auto-partition your drive or did you somehow manually intervene? A screenshot of Disk Management would also be interesting to see. Please understand I am not trying to alter theog's recommendations in any way but I am trying to learn something more about how Win 8 handles the installation process on larger hard drives. Thanks.
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  4. #4


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    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Put your documents, pictures, videos, downloads etc on the D data drive. On my laptop I run a 128GB SSD for Windows and a 256GB SSD for my Data. All my User folders are on the Data drive. I just use the Location tab under properties to move them. Then if I ever have to do a clean install I leave my D drive alone and don't have to worry about losing them. Resizing your partitions might break your access to your recovery partition. After resizing you may find that the option to do your factory restore no longer works. I'd make a set of recovery disks or creat some recovery media before you do anything just in case.
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  5. #5


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I would take theog's advice as gospel; however, I am a bit curious as to how those partitions got configured that way. So, did you do a clean install and let Windows auto-partition your drive or did you somehow manually intervene? A screenshot of Disk Management would also be interesting to see. Please understand I am not trying to alter theog's recommendations in any way but I am trying to learn something more about how Win 8 handles the installation process on larger hard drives. Thanks.
    It is not readily about Windows 8, more about UEFI & GPT. With GPT you can have over 100 Primary Partitions.

    For more info on uEFI:
    Windows and GPT FAQ
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    UEFI and Windows
    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
    Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I would take theog's advice as gospel; however, I am a bit curious as to how those partitions got configured that way. So, did you do a clean install and let Windows auto-partition your drive or did you somehow manually intervene? A screenshot of Disk Management would also be interesting to see. Please understand I am not trying to alter theog's recommendations in any way but I am trying to learn something more about how Win 8 handles the installation process on larger hard drives. Thanks.
    It is not readily about Windows 8, more about UEFI & GPT. With GPT you can have over 100 Primary Partitions.

    For more info on uEFI:
    Windows and GPT FAQ
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    UEFI and Windows
    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
    Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
    Thanks for the followup comments.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8


    theg

    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    Not yet


    Thanks for the link to the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.. wow $50.00


    I’m going to check out the info in the links you provided And try that route.
    if I don’t succeed I can always buy the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks

    System Image - Create in Windows 8
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8



    My2cents

    “I am a bit curious as to how those partitions got configured that way”
    It’s the way the computer came “OEM” all set up

    alphanumeric


    “Resizing your partitions might break your access to your recovery partition.”
    I’m going to take theg’s & your advice and leave it as is

    Thanks for all the quick and expert advice… this is a wonderful forum.. Glad I found it
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    It’s the way the computer came “OEM” all set up
    OOPS! I plum forgot that you provide that newegg link. Thanks for the reminder...
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