Windows 10: Data on separate partition or drive?

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  1. mc510 Win User

    Data on separate partition or drive?


    Wondering how Windows 10 deals with putting data on a separate partition or drive. Does it use the same general method as in Windows 7, where it re-maps (for example) "Documents" to a folder on a different letter drive path? So that C:\Users\{user}\Documents becomes G:\Users\{user}\Documents?

    I'm hoping that it actually becomes more like *nix, using symbolic links to point to the right place (so C:\Users\{user}\Documents points to the separate partition of drive). Personally, I find the Win7 method to be clunky and problematic in actual use.

    :)
     
    mc510, Jun 28, 2015
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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Different drives

    Lacrumb, I do agree that if a system cannot take 2 drives, a separate partition for the users data is a really good idea. It separates the OS from the user data in case the system fails. It does not protect against hard drive failure!

    With respect to a separate partition for images, I have to disagree, that is what folders are for . . .

    Backups should always be on a separate physical drive in case of Hard Drive failure, I have lost count how many users have come to me with HDD failure, saying 'I have backed up regularly, surely you can recover my data', when it is not possible since the
    backup was on the same physical drive . . .

    It does not matter how many partitions you have, it is still only a logical separation, not a physical one

    In the long run, we are all free to setup our systems as we choose, but the only real argument nowadays for partitioning your drive is data separation from the OS
     
    DaveM121, Jun 28, 2015
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  3. DaveM121 Win User
    Disk partitons

    Hi Luke, did you have a separate partition for your data that was 265.7GB in size - the Drive letter might not have been D, but from the screenshot you provided that partition exists separate to your C Drive . . .
     
    DaveM121, Jun 28, 2015
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  4. Wynona Win User

    Data on separate partition or drive?

    I use an external drive for storing my files. Within that drive are many folders, sub folders and even sub, sub folders.

    To create a default place for your documents, do this:

    Settings>System>Storage>New documents will save to:>Down Arrow>choose where you want to save documents.

    I chose my Toshiba external drive; Windows created a folder within Toshiba with my user name as default and then nested a Documents folder within that..

    Now, for saving:

    Ctrl S (for Save)>Browse and your default will show up.

    Not as clean as I'd like, but it works . . . after a fashion. Personally, I'd rather just go for choosing which folder I want to store any particular document in.
     
    Wynona, Jun 29, 2015
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