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Partitions. Unable to shrink. And what is this ?

  1. #11


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    Thanks Mike appreciate that, its really sound advice.

    (I have my own unique (lol) way of setting up a clean install... that goes something like... turn off system restore (I use Acronis) turn off defrag, set Windows Update to notify only. Only go online for updates only when I'm ready and all drivers installed. Then Windows updates only, and make a recovery image from all that lot. You get one clean install doing that I find)

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
    Thanks Mike appreciate that, its really sound advice.

    (I have my own unique (lol) way of setting up a clean install... that goes something like... turn off system restore (I use Acronis) turn off defrag, set Windows Update to notify only. Only go online for updates only when I'm ready and all drivers installed. Then Windows updates only, and make a recovery image from all that lot. You get one clean install doing that I find)
    Similar here, Just using Macrium Reflect free and make system restore big enough for about two points for system drive/ partition only. Deleted files do not go to recycle bin and after updating system, as soon as I'm sure that I'm not going to reverse them, they go bye-bye too. Only tools I use for cleaning is windows own disk cleaner and eventually a duplicate finder program but mostly for other drives. All other stuff (like Downloads, music, pictures etc.) that can be made to to automatically go to other drives in their respective folders are set accordingly. Whole system drive with just most needed programs is fairly regularly backed up by Reflect to another drive. I also keep a backup of first, pristine windows setup, it is pretty small like that and saves a lot of time and nerves if disaster strikes. As I am a "packratt" when it comes to programs and files, I keep everything important backed up to removable drive/s, some data even twice.
    Right now my system's 120GB (111 GB formatted) SSD has 80 GB free together with Linux in a VM. I like a clean system/boot drive. When I'm in a hurry I might drop some files on it because of its speed but clean them up as soon as possible. All safe, sound and fist like that.
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  3. #13


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    Seems like we think alike !

    I'm just trying the free trial of Macrium (I've always used Acronis before, TI10 on Vista and TI2012 on W7) but found the 2012 a bit buggy although it does the basics OK. And Acronis is a bit expensive too. I do daily running incrementals, new sequence weekly. I'm just finding my way around Macrium at the moment, done a restore OK from a four set incremental but found I had to use bootable media rather than running from within Windows like Acronis. Seems it can be done though, just not with the trial version. We shall see.
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  4. #14


    Yeah, cleanliness next to..... my grandmother would say 10 times a day (together with that thing about apples and doctors of course), just one more thing I use "Revo uninstaller" to uninstall programs so they do not leave any "tails" behind like regular, windows one does.
    I actually prefer restoring with removable boot media on Macrium Reflect, made a CD and a USB drive for it. Like that it can be used on any computer, not only one it's made on. I think that with pro version it has Windows PE on it.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yeah, cleanliness next to..................
    Absolutely ! Hmmm Revo. Never tried that one, I know lots of folk recommend it. One to put on the "to do and investigate" list.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yeah, cleanliness next to..................
    Absolutely ! Hmmm Revo. Never tried that one, I know lots of folk recommend it. One to put on the "to do and investigate" list.
    Do that, I'm using it for quite long time. Free version is "close enough for a hand grenade". I would be rifling thru registry for years without it. Quite a few programs go thru my system all the time.
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  7. #17


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    I might just do that because my time with W8.1 Enterprise is "play time" really and where I can try stuff and experiment.
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