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Cosmin    23

Hi..Just got a brand new Asus laptop which comes only a 256gb SSD. Any advices how to setup correct my partitions? 

 

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+warwagon    11,342

Looks good. I'd just keep it the way it is.

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Cosmin    23

How can I add another partition & split the existent one? 

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T3X4S    4,530

OK - I really dont understand.  Maybe Im slow, but the obvious things that come to mind:
1.) WTF are you talking about ?
2.) You havent stated why you need to partition it
3.) Why change ?
4.) What exactly do you think you're trying to accomplish ?
5.) Did I miss something here ?
 

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Andrew    2,855
3 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

How can I add another partition & split the existent one? 

 

Because your drive is completely allocated to C: currently, you'll first need to shrink it to your required size and then create a new simple volume for the 2nd partition, again to the required size. Repeat as many times as needed.

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T3X4S    4,530
7 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

How can I add another partition & split the existent one? 

Oh !

OK - 

hit Windows key & type Disk Management

Now you can add partitions - but again .... why ?

Or you can use any number of free Partition Mgr utes out there - I like MiniTool

Why again do you feel you need to partition things?  I mean - how confusing can it get ?  You only have 256GB....

 

+1 What Andrew said - you need to shrink C before you can add more.

Did I asky why ?  yet ?

 

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Cosmin    23

I need an additional partition for easier organizing my stuff..do you undertand? if not.. go home. 

OK..did this.. but I'm a bit worried by the large file size allocated for system reserved..is there a chance to grab some hundreds from there and add to the D drive? or C? 

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Brandon H    1,887
4 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

I need an additional partition for easier organizing my stuff..do you undertand? if not.. go home. 

OK..did this.. but I'm a bit worried by the large file size allocated for system reserved..is there a chance to grab some hundreds from there and add to the D drive? or C? 

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not without reimaging the drive

 

you can extend a partition forward on a disk but not backwards without risking corruption or affecting the boot table if it is a boot partition.

 

booting into GParted disk will let you do this (after showing a warning) but the windows disk manager will not allow it.

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DConnell    5,963
2 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

I need an additional partition for easier organizing my stuff..do you undertand? if not.. go home. 

OK..did this.. but I'm a bit worried by the large file size allocated for system reserved..is there a chance to grab some hundreds from there and add to the D drive? or C? 

 

Honestly, I'd be more inclined to add a SD card to use as your data drive rather than partition the SSD. And frequent backups, since SD cards do occasionally fail. But the advice Andrew gave will do the job.

 

I don't know if you'd be able to take from the System Reserved partition, and I don't think it'd be a good idea.

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Andrew    2,855

I wouldn't worry about a few 100 MB, it's not worth messing with when you have over 200 GB free.

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T3X4S    4,530
1 minute ago, Cosmin said:

I need an additional partition for easier organizing my stuff..do you undertand? if not.. go home. 

OK..did this.. but I'm a bit worried by the large file size allocated for system reserved..is there a chance to grab some hundreds from there and add to the D drive? or C? 

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LOL -   This is the funniest thread I have read in weeks !

OK seriously - though.


Dude - I know this is your 1st time.
The reason I am going on is because you are wasting your time for something that will result in next to no difference.

Your best betstop messing around trying to put a couple grains of sand in your sandbox - it wont matter.

Now - if you were nicer - I'd tell you how to squeeze another ~5GB - but... oh well good luck with that 100MB  LOL

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Jim K    10,305

You might be able to use EaseUS Partition Master (free) to do this.

 

That small 38GB C: partition may become an issue down the road and I would extend it out (or merge it with the D: partition).  Though, backup ... backup ... backup in case your partition table gets blasted (if you decide to do anything). 

 

I wouldn't mess with or worry about the System Reserve partition.

 

Edit: Ooooooh...I see you that you had shrunk the C drive.  Bad move IMO.  :( 

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+Mando    5,113
52 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

I need an additional partition for easier organizing my stuff..do you undertand? if not.. go home. 

OK..did this.. but I'm a bit worried by the large file size allocated for system reserved..is there a chance to grab some hundreds from there and add to the D drive? or C? 

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its only 548mb in total with 172Mb free, not worth the effort. 38Gb as an OS drive is cutting it fine IMO, 60Gb is the minimum id recommend for OS.

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Cosmin    23

OK guys.. so you recommend to extend C drive until ~60Gb's and leave everything like it is ? 

Another reason for having 2 partitions.. if your O.S. fails and you need to reinstall it..you will lose all your date from the one and only C drive.

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+Mando    5,113
15 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

OK guys.. so you recommend to extend C drive until ~60Gb's and leave everything like it is ? 

Another reason for having 2 partitions.. if your O.S. fails and you need to reinstall it..you will lose all your date from the one and only C drive.

if you set it up as GPT partitions you have to nuke all partitions on the drive with each install of OS anyways ;) so the old "keep data on a separate partition" is a bit of a dated idea these days. I usually just use a linux live cd to recover any files on C, although i keep important data on a NAS.

 

and yep if you really must carve up the drive (i usually advise against it on SSDS) use at least 60Gb for OS, i tend to go for 100Gb OS vol these days. for servers and desktops.

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Cosmin    23

And for increasing the file size for C drive.. I have to shrink what's needed and extend C..right? Only this..

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+Mando    5,113
23 minutes ago, Cosmin said:

And for increasing the file size for C drive.. I have to shrink what's needed and extend C..right? Only this..

yep, pretty much. :)

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Cosmin    23

Thanks a lot for your support. Any idea why it's not possible from W10 to extend C Drive? 

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+Mando    5,113

nuke the D drive and youll be able to then rebuild D with remaining mate. Its because there is 2 primary partitions.

 

 

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Cosmin    23

after all the procedure.. it's ok.. but I still have 2 primary partitions. it's ok like this? 

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Jim K    10,305

Do you still have the 38/180 GB split?  That could become an issue down the road (for example the next big Windows 10 update).

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T3X4S    4,530

Well - at least he's listening to suggestions.

@OP - you can't move C, until you shrink D to allow the room for C to move into.

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+Mando    5,113
14 hours ago, Cosmin said:

after all the procedure.. it's ok.. but I still have 2 primary partitions. it's ok like this? 

yep.

 

 

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NJL    7,425
On 16/12/2017 at 10:30 AM, Cosmin said:

Another reason for having 2 partitions.. if your O.S. fails and you need to reinstall it..you will lose all your date from the one and only C drive.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, it seems.

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+Mando    5,113

I personally lean towards single partition on each device/volume these days and do a touch of under provisioning for OS vol. These are RAID volumes hardware level, but same rule applies with AHCI drives.

 

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Makes you lean towards archiving important stuff you need to keep OFF the PC altogether. NAS ftw!

 

Backup is easy, 3, 2, 1 mindset, 3 Copies, in 2 different formats and 1 completely offline (DVD-R, BD-R) 

 

 

 

 

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+goretsky    876

Hello,

 

I, too, liked to create multiple partitions to segment files according to type/usage.  At the most extreme, I used something like this:

 

C:\ - Operating System

D:\ - Applications (basically, everything that would normally go into C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\)

E:\ - Data (the My Documents  directory, plus any other data files)

F:\ - downloaded software

G:\ - Games (installation drive & directory for all the different games out there)

M:\ - first drive letter assigned to external drive

S:\ - swap file partition, or first drive letter assigned to SD cards

V:\ - Virtual Machines

 

I originally started doing this in the late 1980s or early 1990s due to a combination of issues, such as DOS not supporting partitions larger than 32MB until 4.0, plus the failure rate for drives was a lot lower back then than it is today.  This made backing up, as well as switching computers, very easy, as all I had to do was make sure the right partitions were copied/up-to-date, and I could use that computer with the latest versions of all my files.

 

These days, though, I no longer go through the effort to separate the operating system and applications onto different partitions, since (1) disks are much more reliable; and (2) the requirement for using the registry means you often just can't just run new software by creating icons for it--you have to install it first so it gets the registry entries created.

 

So, getting back to your question, given that you have a ~250GB SSD to work with, I'd suggest something along the lines of the following:

 

100GB C: - Operating system and Applications

150GB D: - Data files (including changing My Documents directory to point to this drive)

 

Then, just periodically check to see how much free space is available, and shrink/grow partitions as necessary.

 

Lastly, I would strongly suggest that you engage in a regular backup regimen, whether it be daily, weekly, or however long you think you can go between backups without it impacting your work on the computer.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

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