Windows 10: Is it advisable to put user data on a separate Windows 10 partition Solved

  1.    25 Sep 2016 #1

    Is it advisable to put user data on a separate Windows 10 partition


    I have a desktop PC with a 1000 GB hard drive. The OS is Windows 10 Anniversary Update. I have the OS and programs/apps on C: partition of 150 GB and user data on D: partition of 781 GB. I have a system image backup, taken recently when the PC was functioning OK. I backup the user data daily, using File History. If I have a major problem that requires re-installing W10 I can do that with the image backup.
    My question is, do I really need to maintain a two partition strategy or have the backup tools of imaging and File History made this redundant?
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  2.    25 Sep 2016 #2

    Hi and welcome.

    There's not really much point in having the backups on the same drive as the drive itself could become faulty.

    I put my user folders on a second drive and change the save locations in the settings app. This way if the OS screwed up drive c: you can simply format and reinstall Windows without loosing your personal files.
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  3.    25 Sep 2016 #3

    Swarfega, thanks for your response. I forgot to include that I have an external drive I save the system image backups to and another external drive I save user data to.
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  4.    25 Sep 2016 #4

    If you have regular backups then yea you can do what you're proposing. Just make sure those backups are regular.
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       26 Sep 2016 #5

    There is an advantage in having a smaller separate system partition on drive C: so you only have to image the C: drive (and hidden system partitions) to recover your system. This results in smaller and faster system backups. But you still need to back up your user files on D:
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  6.    27 Sep 2016 #6

    I don't recommend putting data in a separate partition. A separate drive, yes. On the same drive increases the read/write heads travel distance moving from apps to data and reduces performance. On the other hand, using two different drives allows asynchronous reads and writes (both sets of drive heads working simultaneously) and improves performance and tends to lessen wear and tear on both drive mechanisms.
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  7.    02 Oct 2016 #7

    Cbarnhorst said: View Post
    I don't recommend putting data in a separate partition. A separate drive, yes. On the same drive increases the read/write heads travel distance moving from apps to data and reduces performance. On the other hand, using two different drives allows asynchronous reads and writes (both sets of drive heads working simultaneously) and improves performance and tends to lessen wear and tear on both drive mechanisms.
    Two separate drives is best, but two partitions on the same drive is much better than one partition only for both programs and data.

    I've been doing that for 20 years and I've never lost data due to Windows/program corruption.
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