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Windows 7 Partioning Hard Drive

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#1 PeterJ


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Posted 10 December 2010 - 03:55 PM

I recently bought a new Acer Desktop with Windows 7 64 bit pre-installed. I made the recovery/factory default disks and set it up. However I would appreciate advice on whether to modify the partitioning on the single hard disk.

The single hard disk is pre-partitioned as follows:
* One Basic "Recovery Partition". 14GB. I presume that this is for use with the recovery/default disks in case the system has to be set back to the initial factory default status.
* One Basic "System Reserved" ACTIVE Primary Partition. 100MB. I presume that this contains the Boot information.
* One Basic Primary Partition labelled "Acer C". 458GB. I presume that this contains the Windows 7 operating system, and other supplied Microsoft and Acer software. There is 419GB free space on C.
* One Basic Primary Partition labelled "DATA D". 458GB. This is completely empty. Intended for user data.

I could use the PC as it is, i.e. as pre-partitioned. However I am considering if it would be advantageous to modify the partitioning.
* Would it be advantageous to shrink the size of C (it has 419GB free space) in order to increase the size of D for data?
* Would it be advantageous to change D from a Primary Partition to an Extended Partition and then create 2 or 3 or 4 "Logical Drives" within this Extended Partition? This may help to organize data and backups.

Note that I do NOT intend to have a dual boot system

I could use something like MiniTool Partition Wizard or Easeus Partition Manager. Or have you a suggestion?

I had considered installing all my application programs on D instead of under the usual default C:/Programs/. But is there any advantage? As far as I understand, all programs installed on D will still be registered in the Registry which presumably resides on C. Thus if the Windows 7 Operating System on C would ever be corrupted and I would have to use the recovery/default disks to reset to the factory initial staus, I would still have to re-install any programs on D. Is this correct?

I will use Acronis True Image to make backup images to an exterenal hard drive.

I would appreciate any advice and suggestions before I start to fill up the new machine with programs, data etc.


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