Imaging Question

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by RSpanky, Mar 22, 2009.

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  1. RSpanky

    RSpanky Registered Member

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    In my first post I asking about a Imaging app. And Kees1958 replied to make sure you put your program files on your C drive and your Data on your D drive. I bought Paragon Drive Backup 9 and I am using syncback for my Data. So my question is how do I divide the two Drives?
     
  2. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I'll leave the answer to someone else, but just point, but that spliting the data that way is an option that some prefer but isn't what I would consider essential. I have everything one on drive with only one partition(other than huge stuff that isn't used) and I've never had any issues or loss.

    It's really just a personal preference.

    Pete
     
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    As Peter says it is a personal preference. As a 2 drive or partition man however I can think of no good reason to just use one drive. using C: and D: allows C: to be very small and small means faster imaging and restoring. Having C: and D: means you can restore C: very quickly without any change to D:

    To divide your drive you will as far as I am aware need a partitioning program unless you partition at the time you install your Operating system. The one I use can be found at
    http://www.acronis.co.uk/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/

    If there are any advantages to just having C: I'm sure that someone will mention them - It's just that I can't think of any.
     
  4. Robin A.

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    EASEUS Partition Master is freeware and can create partitions, http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    Drive Backup can perform some partition operations, as long as there is unallocated space in the disk.
     
  5. demonon

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    I splitted my data for various reasons.
    1. I like to carry all data with me on one TB drive
    2. I have a large download folder
    3. It's faster Imaging
    4. It's way easier to recover
    5. If disaster strikes I sometimes am not able to retrieve my files after the last time I imaged my HD

    I think the best free partition tool is EASEUS Partition Master, but be sure to check this out: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-partition-manager.htm
     
  6. Peter2150

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    As a 1 drive or partition man I can think of no good reason not to use just one drive. I do keep big clunky files off the disk(ie installers) but all my business data is on the c: drive. My c: drives are typically only 5% full and image fast. The operating business machine, I use Shadow Protects continous Incrementals so I have an image from every 30 minutes. I also use Outback Plus 6 so anytime there is some significant action between the SP CI's a click of a button and all the data is backed up.

    All email is done thru Sandboxie, so little risk that way.

    At day's end I sync the data off to an external drive and update a FDISR archive.

    So I don't see the need to split anything up.

    Pete
     
  7. RAD

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    I keep the system and programs on one partition; personal files on another.
    I also backup my personal files to other drives.

    The systems and programs change at a different rate than personal files. But also, if my system goes down it is a major PIA. Most of my personal files are really disposable.

    Anyway, keeping them on different partitions (or drives) allows me to image the partitions separately, so I can set them on different schedules and each image is smaller and faster.

    I "image" the system partition frequently. But for my personal stuff I use NTI shadow to merely "back up" to another drive. Every time I make any change to any file, Shadow immediuately copies it to another drive, and also stores a selectable number of previous versions.

    I use Paragon Drive Backup Personal for images. It has been 100% reliable thus far. So has Shadow.
     
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    We use very much the same plan. Having all the data on another partition just makes sense to me. My system partition is extremely small, clean with ZERO personal information.
     
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