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    xuwenful is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: 2TB HDD shows only about 1.25TB

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    A google search using: how to partition a drive windows 7 will provide you with information.
    My "simple" setup would be:
    1. Start with no partitions on the hard drive.
    2. Install win7 into a partition that is 200 -250GB.
      This will use 2 primary partitions; recovery and boot.
      Complete all windows updates.
    3. Using windows Disk Management, create an extended partition for your remaining partitions.
    4. Create the additional partitions inside of the extended partition to fill up all or most of the extended partition.
      This will give your hard drive a setup similar to mine where you have used 3 out of 4 primary partitions.
    5. Install your games and other programs.

    You should place a backup or archive partition at the end of the extended partition.
    Windows backup should be configured to use this partition and will use about 25% of the available space by default.
    Not including the windows recovery partition, don't create more than 6 partitions. This will let you connect additional drives to your system in the future and you won't run out of drive letters ( C through Z) when the other drives have multiple partitions.
    The My Documents folder is in my data partition instead of in my boot drive.

    You should have a separate removable hard drive for a copy of your valuable files and copies of your backup folders.
    I use a 2TB hard drive for this purpose to save backup copies from both of my systems.
    The 2TB drive is installed in a self powered external e-sata enclosure that is only connected when I want to add copies of my backed up data.

    I use EaseUS backup and partitioning programs.
    Macrium Reflect is another excellent backup program.
    For optimal performance, each partition must be 4K-aligned, this is done automatically with win7's Disk Management.
    If your WD hard drive is a newer advanced format (AF) drive, you can download WD's partition alignment software for free after you have registered your hard drive with them. Other hard drive manufacturers offer similar proprietary programs for their drives.

    Thanks for the detailed explaination of the petitioning process. I actually went online and downloaded another software called "Disk Director" to finish the partitioning process. Like you said, I made three primary disks and a couple of logic disks to fulfill my need. My problem is now solved and I am very pleased of my experience here at the forum, and especially your help. Thanks again and wish you all the best.

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    profJim is offline Chief Munchkin + moderator
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    Default Re: 2TB HDD shows only about 1.25TB

    You're welcome.
    Glad to hear that everything is now OK with your disk partition setup.
    Thanks for the update.
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