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Create a separate F: partition to hold my data

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#1 Thoughtful Skeptic

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 06:50 AM

In the past, it seemed sensible to create a separate F: partition to hold my data away from the operating system on the C: partition. The advantage was that malware is less likely to cross into the data partition. Also it becomes possible to backup and restore each partition separately. A good solution to a malware incident might be simply to restore a previous version of the operating system without touching the data partition.


I have redirected the following folders to the F: drive: desktop, documents, downloads, music, pictures, videos.


This has worked reasonably well except that some software installer programs refuse to work from the F: partition and need to be run from the C: partition.


Times have changed over the last few years and I am wondering if this is still worth the trouble. Perhaps it would be easier to keep successive backups of the entire hard drive and, when necessary, restore everything at one time.


I would welcome any thoughts on this.

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 07:13 AM

I still use 3 partitions: One for Windows and programs, one for data files, one for my tools.

Personally, I think the choice is up to you though - how you want to arrange your files and so on.

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 08:13 AM

First, the letter "f" is random - you can label the additional partitions ay way you like. Second, most installers are written to suggest the install on c: drive. However, in almost every instance you can change that to any drive & folder you like during the installation process.

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 03:25 PM

When I had a desktop computer I stored my data on its own drive. Currently I use a laptop, and my data resides on its
own partition of the same drive. I don't redirect Windows folders there, I just create my own and manually choose
to save things to that location. I find keeping my data and OS seperate is very helpful when doing OS partition restores;
less data to restore = faster restore times. This is especially helpful when I do sector-based backup-and-restores rather
than file-based ones. I also run disk-protection software so keeping my data on a seperate partition means I don't have
to setup any excludes.

I am wondering if this is still worth the trouble

For some people there may not be much reason to bother seperating their data from their OS, but for me it's a life-saver.

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