If your data is on a partition of its own, the OS partition can be wiped without harming your data. This is ideal for system recovery or re-installing the OS.
I don't have one shred of data stored on the OS partition. The OS partition can be wiped at anytime. You never know when the need to use a system backup image may arise.
It may be true that I go an extra step to store my data but in the end there is far less effort keeping my data.
- I never have used Windows Explorer and couldn't care less about Libraries.
- I manually organize all my personal data and downloads on D:\.
- Windows Live Mail storage is configured to use D:\.
- Office Apps are configured to use D:\ as default storage drive.
Yes. You are missing "shortcuts". The shortcut on your desktop will point Windows Explorer to the correct location.If data is placed on a different drive than your other activities, to access it you would have to go back to "Computer" and select the appropriate drive, right?
Seems like an extra step for a minimal benefit, or am I missing something?
Very true. But to clarify, that has nothing to do with multiple drives or partitions. If you install on C: and later decide to change the whole drive to X, you will have the same issues.Where you might run into problems is if you install to D: and later decide to change the whole drive to drive X:, then the logs say it's on D: but now you have no D:, you have an X:
OK TM you talked me into it! LOLActually, the system maintains pointers to your library data (documents, music, videos, etc) so if you physically move where these objects are stored (as opposed to creating an additional folder on the other drive) then the system will just start pointing to the new drive when you go to save.
Also if you add a third partition it will likely become E: and your DVD-Rom drive will move to F: (of course you can change this)
And, no, your recovery drive was designed to go to a single drive and that is what it would still do. It would work fine for fixing corrupt system files but if you ever needed a full recovery then you would be best to use an image created after you have modified your system to use data on another drive. Basically you tweak the system to get it working just how you want and then you make a new image of the C: drive in that state and THAT is what you use for a complete restore, not the restore drive. See Acronis or Macrium Reflect in the Backup & Recovery:section of our Freeware DB for tools to make an image. Just FYI, if you did use your recovery drive to do a full reinstall, the data on your E: (or F: ) drive wouldn't be touched but folders would be created on C: for your data and you would then have to redo all the modifications to change your library pointers to the data drive.
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