#1 By: Chris Hoffman, September 21st, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172580/how-to-create-a-separate-data-partition-for-windows/
Windows normally installs itself to a single partition on your hard drive. However, you can split your hard drive into several different partitions and store your data files separately from your system files.
#2 By: Naman Sood, September 21st, 2013 10:53
EDIT: Nice article, now I'll just link to it rather than telling everyone how to.
#3 By: ?, September 21st, 2013 11:50
i never keep anything on the operating system drive / partition. it all goes to a separate hard drive that's also backed up by another hard drive.
#4 By: Terry Dalton, September 21st, 2013 12:51
Will this work on a RAID 10, 3X 1tb drive setup?
I have 2 other matching 1tb drives running just for storage, mainly ISO files. Don't want to move all my data files to the extra drives as that will defeat the speed increase of the RAID.
Just wondering if there is a better/more efficient way to use all these drives?
#5 By: rrrr, September 21st, 2013 14:42
Good article. It describes what I've been doing for years, and telling others to do. Hopefully MS will catch up to the present and make it the default install method for Win9
However, you missed the MOST IMPORTANT first step!
*!!!Do a FULL IMAGE COPY BACKUP before starting this process!!!!*
When making any significant changes to the HD, like partitioning and/or installing a new OS, you NEED to have an image copy to fall back to just in case / when something goes wrong. Because you know, if you don't make the backup, you WILL need it!
#6 By: Chris Hoffman, September 22nd, 2013 21:00
Looks like some script messed up and didn't post the actual summary!
#7 By: Chris Hoffman, September 22nd, 2013 21:01
Good point on backups. I haven't had many problems using this feature but it's always a potential issue. Added.
#8 By: Thu Ya, October 12th, 2013 00:59
With separate data partition, When i upgrade windows xp to windows 7 , my data will be lost? Please reply.
#9 By: Naman Sood, October 12th, 2013 01:46
If you format the data partition during installation of Windows 7, yes.
#10 By: Terry Dalton, April 14th, 2014 17:38
Like to have access to this info as well. I have a similar setup but using RAID 10 with 4 matched 1Tb drives. Mirrored for backup security, and stripped for speed. Granted it cost you lose 1/2 your space reducing 4Tb to only 2, and of course it consumes allot of drive bays, but 1Tb drives are cheap enough to make it worth it for me. RAID 0 and RAID 1. Should eliminate the need for back-ups. If a drive fails you just pop in a new one and it'll rebuild its self.
#11 By: W. Schroeder, April 14th, 2014 17:49
I am not a fan of moving the default folders with the Location tab. Two reasons:
- You can easily muck it up if you don't do it right
- I like to keep the default folders on C. Many programs and the system create their own folders - especially in Documents. I do not like to have those mixed with my user folders.
The method I use is to create new folders on the Data partition with slightly different names - e.g. Documents2, etc. and INLUDE those into the respective library.
#12 By: Robert_Zanol, April 14th, 2014 18:16
It is still a good practice to back up and/or make an image whenever installing an OS or doing partitioning operations. Shit does happen once in a while. Better safe than sorry.