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Discussions and instructions relating to hard disk partitioning, and when and why you might or might not need it, and how to manage it if you do.
Hard disks can be divided into multiple partitions, each showing up as a different drive. Changing the layout of partitions requires special tools.
Repartitioning is not an effective way to deal with CRC errors or bad sectors. At best repartitioning will only hide or delay the error.
It's not easy to switch a D drive to a C drive without a complete reinstall. Changing the size of partitions is a better method.
The problem with expanding the size of partitions is that they can only be expanded from the back – but that's not your biggest problem – backing up to a partition isn't safe!
Partitioning and formatting a new disk, internal or external, is often not needed but it's easy to do using Windows built-in disk manager.
Recovery partitions are meant to only hold system recovery files. It shouldn't be written to and doesn't need more space.
Windows 7 added basic partition management tools that make operations, such as removing a partition and extending another to use the space, very easy.
Many computers come with a pre-configured restore partition, often drive D:. If you backup properly, it's not needed; I'll look at recovering the space.
If you're doing backups properly, recovery partitions can become redundant. I'll look at how to remove a recovery partition and reclaim the space.
Windows XP doesn't include built in partition management that will let you resize a partition. Instead, I'll walk through doing it with Linux.
What's probably happening is that some files are in the way that Windows either won't or can't move.
Unallocated space as a hard disk partition is space that won't be used. I'll look at the two common ways to make unallocated space usable.
Partitioning creates an artificial restriction on the disk that you must choose to begin with. There is a better way to organize a drive.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple logical drives, has pros and cons. I'll look at those, and make a recommendation.
There's a diversity of opinion on the topic. I'll look at why I recommend only a single partition per hard drive and what partitioning does and does not get you.
Many manufacturers create separate recovery partitions on hard drives. I'll discuss what they often are, and why I ignore or even eliminate them.
Partitions are ways of treating a single hard disk as if it were many. We'll look at why, how and when you might want to partition your hard drive.