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  • 1. David Shinkfield Computer Learning Center at Ewing March 2011
  • 2. What is your Hard Drive?
  • 3. What is your Hard Drive?
  • 4. How big is your hard drive Western Digital passport drives 320 – 640 Gigabytes 100,000 copies of Complete Works of Shakespeare can be stored in one Passport drive
  • 5. What do we store on our Hard Disk
      • Supplied on a CD or DVD, or with some computers, a Restore Disk.
    Word, Excel, Quicken, Firefox, Picasa etc., etc. Installed with computer when you buy it (and included on the Restore Disk), bought later on a CD or downloaded from the Internet This is information unique to you – photos of grand-kids, your financial data, your emails and contacts, your music library etc. Windows XP, Vista or 7 Programs Your Data
    • My Documents
    • Favorites or Bookmarks
    • Email and contacts
  • 6.  
  • 7. Why do I need to know this?
    • To create a copy of our private and personal information so that we can recover it when disaster that strikes.
    • Secondly, to return the computer to its working condition as easily as possible.
  • 8.  
  • 9.  
  • 10.
    • Divide the hard disk in your computer into two “partitions”. This is like having two file cabinets – one for Windows and programs and the second for your data
    • Setting up the disk can be done when new or with programs such as Acronis® Disk Director
    Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive
  • 11. Some Technical Stuff
    • There are three types of Partitions
    • Primary Partitions
    • Extended Partitions (holder for Logical Partitions)
    • Logical Partitions
  • 12. Some Technical Stuff Primary Primary Primary
    • Up to 3 Primary Partitions
    • Only one can be seen at anytime (Active Partition)
    • Used for multiple operating systems
  • 13. Some Technical Stuff Windows XP Windows 7
    • Up to 3 Primary Partitions
    • Only one can be seen at anytime(Active Partition)
    • Used for multiple operating systems
  • 14. Some Technical Stuff Windows XP Windows 7
    • You can have as many Logical Partitions as you like, but lets assume just one.
    Logical Partitions
  • 15. Some Technical Stuff Windows XP Windows 7 Data
    • You can have as many Logical Partitions as you like, but lets assume just one.
  • 16. How do I “partition” my drive?
    • For Windows XP, you will need some new software.
      • Acronis Disk Director
    • For Windows 7, software is provided to manage the partitioning.
  • 17. How do I “partition” my drive?
    • For Windows XP, you will need some new software.
    • I use Acronis Disk Director - $36 from Amazon
  • 18. Partition your Hard Drive – XP
  • 19. Partition your Hard Drive – XP
  • 20. Partition your Hard Drive – XP
  • 21. Partition your Hard Drive – XP
  • 22. Partition your Hard Drive – XP
  • 23.  
  • 24. Partitioning your Hard Drive - Win 7
    • Now let us talk about Windows 7
  • 25. How do I “partition” my drive?
    • In Windows 7, type “partition hard drive” into the Help screen.
  • 26. How do I “partition” my drive?
    • All the help you need is spelled out clearly
    • However, let us walk through the steps
    • For most of us, clicking on My Computer will show one drive - Local Disk (C:)
  • 27. Partitioning your Hard Drive - Win 7
  • 28. Creating new Partitions
    • From Control panel, select Administrative Tools
  • 29. Creating New Partitions
    • Select Computer
    • Management
    Then Disk Management
  • 30. Creating New Partitions
  • 31. Creating New Partitions Right click the C: drive
  • 32. Creating New Partitions
  • 33. Creating New Partitions
  • 34. Creating New Partitions
  • 35. Creating New Partitions Right Click on “unallocated”
  • 36. Creating New Partitions
  • 37. Creating New Partitions
  • 38. What are the benefits?
    • It makes it possible to have two operating systems on your computer.
    • It makes it very simple to back up your personal data.
    • It makes it simple to reinstall Windows if catastrophe strikes
  • 39. Installing two Operating Systems Empty until Windows 7 Installed
    • Create two Primary partitions
      • You currently run XP, but want to try Windows 7. However, you are not sure that you will not prefer Windows XP
    • When installing Windows 7, you can select the empty partition
    Windows XP
  • 40. What are the benefits?
    • It makes it possible to have two operating systems on your computer.
    • It makes it very simple to back up your personal data.
    • It makes it simple to reinstall Windows if catastrophe strikes
  • 41. Back Up Plan
    • Buy an external USB drive
  • 42. Back Up Plan
    • Buy a USB External drive
    • Create three “partitions” on the external USB drive
    Back Up 1 Back Up 2 Image E: Drive F: Drive G: Drive
  • 43. Back Up Plan Computer Drive External USB Drive Back up Data regularly to USB drive Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive Back Up 1 Back Up 2 Image E: Drive F: Drive G: Drive
  • 44. What are the benefits?
    • It makes it possible to have two operating systems on your computer.
    • It makes it very simple to back up your personal data.
    • It makes it simple to reinstall Windows if catastrophe strikes
  • 45. Create Image of Windows Partition
    • Using a program such as Acronis True Image Home or Norton Ghost, create image of Windows partition when all is working well
    • Store copy on USB drive
    • Reinstalling image of Windows can be done rapidly (only about 10 minutes)
  • 46. Back Up Plan Computer Drive External USB Drive Create an image file of your Windows partition Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive Back Up 1 Back Up 2 Image E: Drive F: Drive G: Drive
  • 47. How to Recover your files Computer Drive External USB Drive Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive Back Up 1 Back Up 2 Image E: Drive F: Drive G: Drive
  • 48. However you manage your back ups
    • Create a copy of your private and personal information so that you can recover it when disaster that strikes.
    • Secondly, develop a plan to return your computer to its working condition as easily as possible.
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