I'm considering a complete format of my laptop. However I want it set out slightly different than my usual layout.
30GB Partition - System files (any drive but C)
The rest - whatever I may see fit (C drive)
How do I do that?
Windows 7 ultimate.
With difficulty. I tried to achieve something similar recently and it took me a full weekend. First of all, the labelling of your drives is unimportant. You basically want to install Windows to your 30 GB partition, then before setting up a user account use ROBOCOPY with about 50 different flags to copy your Users, User Data and Program Files directories to the other partition, then delete each of these directories (as much as possible). I think after that the command is MKLINK /J to create a link to these directories from your 30 GB drive. Oh, and don't forget to edit the registry to point to the new location.
... that's basically how you do it. You'll need to look up the specifics. Unless someone can think of an easier way.
^Indeed, using a program like partition magic, you may likely be able to do this without formatting the partition windows is on now.
(Just remember to defragment the drive first, which will help the process be more effective.)
It's a lot simpler if you just consider user accounts to be system files, and save your documents to directories you create in the second partition.
why dont u just insert the dvd and follow the onscreen instruction?
it wont take an hour to format your system and partition ur hard drive. give it a try. its a catwalk.