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  • Click the "Finish" button. You're done! The partition is ready to use. You can now store your files in the new partition knowing they will be safer in their own separate partition

Move Your Files

Windows creates default folders (also called directories) for each user account on a computer. Some of these folders are dedicated to storing a typical users files. For example, each user account will have folders named "My Documents", Downloads, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, Desktop, Favorites, Contacts. In some cases Windows will automatically store files it determines are appropriate to these folders.

We can map these default folders to folders we create on the new partition. Files located in these default locations will be automatically moved to the new folders. Determine which folders you want to map to the new partition. Navigate to the new partition and create a folder with your username. Inside that folder create all the folders you want to map to the new partition. You might consider starting with the default folders I mention above. I'm going to map the "My Documents" folder in the following example. Use this same process to map all the folders you've chosen.
  1. Navigate to C:\Users\your-username
  2. Right click the "My Documents" folder
  3. Left click the word "Properties:
  4. Left click the "Location" tab
  5. Left click the "Move..." button
Navigate to "Computer", then the new partition, the folder you created with your username and finally the new "My Documents" folder.
  1. Left click the "My Documents" folder to highlight it
  2. Left click the "Select Folder" button
  3. Left click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the "My Documents Properties" dialog. (see image below)

  • Click on the "Yes" button at the bottom of the "Move Folder" dialog that appears. (See image below)

Your files will be copied to the new "MY Documents" folder within the new partition.

Final Thoughts

Certain types of maintenance can be accomplished faster when a hard drive is partitioned. In this tutorial we reduced the size of the partition holding the operating system (Windows 7) from over 800 gigabytes to 80 gigabytes. The partition that holds the operating system tends to become "fragmented" more quickly than a partition or drive that exclusively holds files like word documents, spreadsheets, MP3 or video files. An 80 gigabyte operating system partition will take less time to defragment or scan for malicious software. It will take less time to create a "drive image" of the partition. The drive images created will be easier to store because they will be smaller. The smaller drive images will restore faster to a drive in an emergency.

A drive image can be used to restore a computer to full functionality in the event of a hard drive failure, operating system problem or infection by malware.

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