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Advice & Help Installing 7 64bit on new Samsung 1TB HDD


Audio~~Chip

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Hello Nearly got all my new build together & ready to install 7 Home Premium 64bit, on a I5 2400, 8GB DDRII.

The Samsung HDD is 1TB should/can the windows be installed as a single C drive partition or would it be best to partition it. Ideally I wanted all the C drive in one place. Not sure what to do, ideally do not want a redundant partition.

Thanks in advance

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Graphicool1

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Sorry about the delay of someone responding to your query. If you haven't already done it by now, no you don't have to or need to partition any HD. I have Windows 7 32bit with a 500GB internal HD, not partitioned and 4 external HD's of which they are 1TB - 500GB - and 2x250GB. None are partitioned. Of the two 250GB drives one is a backup drive for the PC. The other is a Virtual Drive for Windows XP.

However, I don't recommend you carry all your eggs in one basket. I don't know what you use your PC for. But i mainly use mine for art, editing photo's and storage. All my work is contained on the other two external drives. The TB HD and the 500GB external HD. I keep the same material/data on both.

No doubt someone else will tell you something completely different. But at the end of the day the choice is your's. Hope this helps with your decision.

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Audio~~Chip

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Thanks Graphicool1 !

Really greatfull for you reply. I use mine for Aircraft Databases & photos. The way I see it even if having a partition and storing them on that if the HDD failed they would still go AWOL. Having a second HDD sounds a safer bet like your configuration.

Thanks for the reply !

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ams4127

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I would add one proviso to your idea. If your PC is stolen then everything will be lost, regardless of how many HDDs you have.

I bought a 64GB flash drive copy store my photos and important data to that. It is stored completely seperately so that, if my PC is stolen, my private data is safe.

A PC can be replaced - vital data can't.

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Graphicool1

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Hi ams4127

If you'd like to run your eye over my response to 'Audio~~Chip' you will see in the second paragraph...

"All my work is contained on the other two external drives."

...I don't keep any of my work/data on my PC. It's all on external drives and that was my recommendation.

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ams4127

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Graphicool1

I did see your post concerning your external HDDs and fully appreciate what you say.

I, too, have a couple of external HDDs but I don't disconnect them and take them with me when I go on holiday. I do put them elsewhere in the house while away but take my flash drive with me.

It is not unknown for a house to be destroyed by fire during the owner's absence.

I know that what I do is overkill but it works for me.

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rdave13

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I would, personally, have a smaller HDD for the C: drive and install programs to the 1TB drive, so if Windows becomes corrupted and needs a fresh install, then at least your programs etc.are safe. Use another external HDD or Flash drive, or both, for further backups.

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Graphicool1

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I learn't my lesson about having back-ups, the hard way. I lost two HD's to heat, on seperate occasions. I was lucky, only in the fact that the first time it was only the OS and the second time, although it contained my work I had made a back-up first.

I whole heartedly agree with have as many back-ups as is humanly and financially possible. Keeping some in different places, as suggested by ams4127 and on a flash drive as suggested by rdave13.

Because what we must remember is that nothing is infallible and while Iost HD's to heat I've also lost Flash Drives to malfunction.

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