Reader Ron Spruell wrote after my article Storing Your Data on Another Drive The Easy Way, in which I talked about moving data files off of C: drive:
Great Newsletter as usual.
I am a partitioning junkie. I have been partitioning my hard drives for a long time- since Window 98. One of the things that was a "gotcha" in XP is that My Documents is a subdirectory of Documents and Settings. So even though you move your My Documents, you can possibly lose all your settings if you have to restore.
You definitely lose your settings if you have to install from the Micro$oft CD. Here is a Registry Hack for moving you Documents and Setting which include your My Documents. It may be to advance for some of your readers. I did this and so far so good.
Micro$oft recommended (under Windows 98) that you make your CD Drives T:\ and U:\ I have stuck with that through XP and it has worked well.
I even named my 2nd hard drive in my computer K:\. That way drives don’t get moved around.
I now use the following drives:
I use a GParted Live CD for partitioning. GParted is OpenSource and free. It is rated 4 Stars by osalt.com. I have found that some versions work better than others. For example, I have found that version 0.3.4-11 and 0.4.5-3 work on most computers. I haven’t used the latest version 0.4.6-1.
One of the problems I have had is that GParted version 0.3.4-11 cannot move the start of a partition with an operating system on it. Maybe the later versions can, I don’t know. The Master Boot Record has a hard coded sector for the start of an operating system or something like that. Thank goodness for Acronis backups.
Using Task Scheduler, I run CCleaner, ScanDefrag, and Acronis automatically. I hope to make Windows computer maintenance a thing of the past.
Thanks, Ron, for the great presentation that’s sure to get other readers thinking.
As you point out, GParted is free, which is a great price. He’s also handling one other critical issue of changing partitions.
Ron is making an image backup of his partition before he starts (whether immediately before, or make the image backup on a regular schedule like Ron does, the image backup makes re-creating your system easy if something goes wrong.)
Ron’s got a great system for separating his data by type. I also like his practice of relocating the DVD/CDROM drives so that they don’t get renamed when additional hard drives or flash drives are added.