Having problems with partitioning my SSD

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  1. Posts : 42,480
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       #11

    You will end up with
    WinREtools, EFI, Reserved, Windows, (New data partition), Recovery

    Note: you merge two partitions, but you extend a partition into unallocated space.
    These are the terms used by these tools.
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  2. Posts : 119
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       #12

    dalchina said:
    You will end up with
    WinREtools, EFI, Reserved, Windows, (New data partition), Recovery.
    Ok, in that order, left to right. Good to know.

    Aomei Backupper is easier - simpler GUI - MR is 'the best'.
    Is the free version sufficient for that?

    And what kind of externals are you using to store back ups with?
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  3. Posts : 42,480
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       #13

    I mean - you'll end up with that if you get it right.. that's your objective.

    Personally I use 1 or 2Tb HDD on the basis of cost when I bought them. The cost trade-off point between SSDs and HDDs changes slowly over time of course. An SSD is less subject to damage if dropped.

    Example- Imaging my SSD (some 130Gb used) over USB3 to HDD- a differential image takes some 12-15 mins - and I can use my PC whilst that's in progress.

    Any imaging program should be capable of creating images. After that it's a matter of support, documentation, other features, and what you feel comfortable with.

    I know that MR does a CRC check of imaged space- so disk errors are picked up. I don't know if Aomei B does, for example.
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  4. Posts : 119
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       #14

    dalchina said:
    Example- Imaging my SSD (some 130Gb used) over USB3 to HDD- a differential image takes some 12-15 mins - and I can use my PC whilst that's in progress.
    And how often do you do that?
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  5. Posts : 42,480
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       #15

    The choice of that is entirely personal and dependent on the rate of change on your PC and how mission critical it is.

    I have a scheduled System Restore point created daily; I create a differential image every 3 or so weeks; I keep a simple note of changes e.g. giveaway installs, uninstalls; I use a data backup program that runs when I plug in the backup drive for selected faster changing data.

    I start disk imaging afresh after a new major build upgrade, using a new appropriately named folder on my image backup disk.

    Some have more complex and more frequent regimes, and multiple disks for image backups. You can read about some of those choices people have made in the various threads discussing this. Some use scheduled imaging, some manual. Etc.
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  6. Posts : 119
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       #16

    dalchina said:
    I use a data backup program that runs when I plug in the backup drive for selected faster changing data.
    Is this some kind of script that runs automatically as soon as a USB plug-in is detected?
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  7. Posts : 42,480
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       #17

    No, it's a feature of the backup program I selected after trying a few.
    Genie Timeline- often given away (lifetime). Well integrated with file explorer- provides versioned backup.
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  8. Posts : 119
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       #18

    Genie Timeline- often given away (lifetime)
    I think I'll create a new thread about that. The ones I searched for are kinda old, but for now I think my partition issue has been solved.

    Thanks for all your help~!
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  9. Posts : 42,480
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