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Advice sought on Os, partions, back ups and images

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#1 PCCom


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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:52 PM


I keep changing my mind about this stuff:

Let's say
320gb hdd
Win7 Home Prem 64 bit
Making an image after all programs and updates are installed saving that to a separate partition most likely using Gimagex (looks like a neat tool)

Would you make it 3 Partitions OS Data Recovery or just 2 OS and Recovery
And what size would you make the partitions keep in mind this would be for resale shipped with a Win 7 Recovery disc to access the image and a Win7 Install disc
all on laptop with legitimate COA.

I just did one with a 50gb recovery/backup partition and the rest for the OS and I'm not feeling real confident in my decision.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. :thumbsup2:

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

I would recommend a modest-sized (60GB or so) system volume, a recovery volume of sufficient size to contain everything a recovery volume requires, and a data volume encompassing the remainder of the disk. This protects the user's files from peril should the recovery partition need to be employed. I would go so far as to advise moving the user libraries (Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc.) from their default locations on the system volume, to new locations on the more spacious data volume.

This emulates to a great extent a common practice on many Unix-like systems wherein the entire /home directory (where users store their personal files) is in reality a self-contained volume or physical disk which can be preserved (and transferred) between operating system versions and other destructive upgrades/failures.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:16 AM

Thank you. I was thinking along the same lines and appreciate your input.

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