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W530 Partitioin Change

2013-04-28, 17:14 PM

My W530 will be arriving on in a couple of days.  I think I have read here that the 500 gig drive provides a single "drive c" for all user files.

 

Is it possible to shrink drive C to perhaps 100 gigs, and create a large "drive d" for all my data?  I assume this can be done with standard Windows tools, but I don't want to create problems from any special software that comes with the W530 that I'm not yet aware of.

 

This is how I've done things for many years now, mostly so that if the OS has a problem, my own files are not on the same partition, and won't be damaged by repairing the OS.  I assume that's still a valid concern in today's world?

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Re: W530 Partitioin Change

2013-04-28, 18:00 PM

Hi mikemyers

Yes, but before you shrink your hard drive, you may need to compact / defrag free space with 3rd party defragmentation software such as Defraggler (free) or PerfectDisk (paid) in order to shrink as much as possible. If the free space is fragmented, the space you could shrink will be more limited.

Yes, this is still a valid concern in today's world. This article will explain why partition your hard drive.

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Re: W530 Partitioin Change

2013-04-29, 1:11 AM
Would this be true for a brand new Lenovo, turned on for the first time?
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Re: W530 Partitioin Change

2013-04-29, 19:13 PM

My suggestion:

 

First boot your new W530 and create the rescue/recovery disks (one CD and four DVDs).

 

Now you can do whatever you want. You can shrink the C: partition. You can even remove the Q: partition if you want to get every single GB out of the 500 GB HDD. (after you have burnt the 5 disks, the program asks you if you want to delete Q: and free the space).

 

Naturally, your new created partitions (D:, E:, F: ...) will be overwritten together with C: if you ever use the rescue/restore disks.

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Re: W530 Partitioin Change

2013-04-29, 20:31 PM
I wish my fingers would have typed "partition" which is what I though I typed.... Anyway, you're saying if we ever need to do use the recovery disks, the whole drive will be re-written, so my original question is no longer relevant. I will simply create a "DATA" folder, and anything that is "my" data, will go under it. This includes "My Documents", "My Pictures", etc. In addition to whatever else I do for backups, I simply need a good copy of this one folder, and I know my data will be safe.

How does Windows 8 fit into this? They told me my W530 includes a Windows 8 disk. I haven't decided which way to go, 7 or 8, but is what you wrote relevant if I install Windows 8? I don't see much use for the "Recovery" partitions and disks, other than for "insurance" towards the future.
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