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Partition question/compression...primary?


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#1 huskersfan1

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:05 AM

If my C: drive has 181 on it, do I need to partition that much to make a ghost copy with Norton Ghost, or does it compress? If so, how much should I partition? Wouldn't it be wise to partition much more than I need (rather than not enough), then shrink it???? Is that correct?

Also, do I make this another primary partition?

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:05 AM

It depends on the purpose for doing this, how much free and unallocated space is on your drive, and the size of your hard drive. AFAIK, Ghost won't do that automatically - and you'll have to have a place to store the large image before you start running Ghost.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:24 PM

That's what I don't understand, I guess. If I'm using 187 GB, and I have 300+gigs free on my C drive,can't I make that free space on C unallocated???

Here is exactly how my partitions read:

Basic 596.17 GB Online

63 MB Health
Recovery (D 15.00 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary...)
OS (C 506.11 GB NTFS Healthy (System, Boot, Page...)
75.00 GB Unallocated

If in fact I can make the space in my C drive unallocated, what kind of partition should this be; primary, active, or logical? Obviously using Ghost I am making an image of my entire C drive, b/c I don't want to lose programs,etc.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:11 PM

It depends on how you're going to use Ghost...
Are you just going to make one image and leave it at that?
If not, how many images are you going to store, and how are you going to manage them?
How much room do you want to leave on the C: partition for growth?
How much space do you want to devote to this new partition?
Make it a primary partition.

Most of these things can be done from the Disk Management console in Vista - but you'll have to do it one operation at a time.
Shrink the C: partition, reboot, then make a partition in the unallocated space, then format that partition with the NTFS file system.
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