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Old 09-02-2008, 11:02 AM
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Default How To Identify Partitions

This may sound like a crazy request, but I think I have made life
difficult for myself.

Seems I have two internal hard drives and two external hard drives.
I partitioned each drive in order to separate things. I wanted the
basic OS in the boot partition, executable program installations in
another partition, and data and backups in several other partitions
according to the nature of the data. I have some 10 partitions
overall.

Now when I look in Windows Explorer or My Computer, I can't tell the
partitions apart. IOW, I can't tell what physical drive each
partition is located on. I really would like to know that.

What system executable will tell me what I want to know? Once I know
that for sure, I plan to include that info in the partition names
somehow, so that when I look at Windows Explorer, it is clear where
things are.

Again, I feel dumb here. Maybe I have missed something.

TIA for helps.

-GECKO


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Old 09-02-2008, 12:02 PM
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"gecko" <alpha@olympus.net> wrote in message
news:pm6qb4psj1e558aff2bg9f4811uo2oi61v@4ax.com...
> This may sound like a crazy request, but I think I have made life
> difficult for myself.
>
> Seems I have two internal hard drives and two external hard drives.
> I partitioned each drive in order to separate things. I wanted the
> basic OS in the boot partition, executable program installations in
> another partition, and data and backups in several other partitions
> according to the nature of the data. I have some 10 partitions
> overall.
>
> Now when I look in Windows Explorer or My Computer, I can't tell the
> partitions apart. IOW, I can't tell what physical drive each
> partition is located on. I really would like to know that.
>
> What system executable will tell me what I want to know? Once I know
> that for sure, I plan to include that info in the partition names
> somehow, so that when I look at Windows Explorer, it is clear where
> things are.
>
> Again, I feel dumb here. Maybe I have missed something.
>
> TIA for helps.



To make sure there is not possibility of error:

With the machine off, disconnect all drives except the one the OS is
installed on...
then boot the machine an note the drive letters (then label the drive)
Next attach one drive at a time and do the same
etc



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Old 09-02-2008, 12:11 PM
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"gecko" <alpha@olympus.net> wrote in message
news:pm6qb4psj1e558aff2bg9f4811uo2oi61v@4ax.com...
> This may sound like a crazy request, but I think I have made life
> difficult for myself.
>
> Seems I have two internal hard drives and two external hard drives.
> I partitioned each drive in order to separate things. I wanted the
> basic OS in the boot partition, executable program installations in
> another partition, and data and backups in several other partitions
> according to the nature of the data. I have some 10 partitions
> overall.
>
> Now when I look in Windows Explorer or My Computer, I can't tell the
> partitions apart. IOW, I can't tell what physical drive each
> partition is located on. I really would like to know that.
>
> What system executable will tell me what I want to know? Once I know
> that for sure, I plan to include that info in the partition names
> somehow, so that when I look at Windows Explorer, it is clear where
> things are.
>
> Again, I feel dumb here. Maybe I have missed something.
>
> TIA for helps.
>
> -GECKO


If you have XP (you mention Windows Explorer), then simply right-click on
'My computer' on the desktop and choose "Manage". In the application that
opens, choose disk Management (under storage) and you will be able to see
which drive letter is mapped to which physical hard drive. You can even
rename the drives in there. Make sure you close all other applications first
though...



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Old 09-02-2008, 02:12 PM
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Default Re: How To Identify Partitions

In article <032e0576$0$11391$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com>, ContactGT_rem_ove_this_@hotmail.com
says...
> "gecko" <alpha@olympus.net> wrote in message
> news:pm6qb4psj1e558aff2bg9f4811uo2oi61v@4ax.com...
> > This may sound like a crazy request, but I think I have made life
> > difficult for myself.
> >
> > Seems I have two internal hard drives and two external hard drives.
> > I partitioned each drive in order to separate things. I wanted the
> > basic OS in the boot partition, executable program installations in
> > another partition, and data and backups in several other partitions
> > according to the nature of the data. I have some 10 partitions
> > overall.
> >
> > Now when I look in Windows Explorer or My Computer, I can't tell the
> > partitions apart. IOW, I can't tell what physical drive each
> > partition is located on. I really would like to know that.
> >
> > What system executable will tell me what I want to know? Once I know
> > that for sure, I plan to include that info in the partition names
> > somehow, so that when I look at Windows Explorer, it is clear where
> > things are.
> >
> > Again, I feel dumb here. Maybe I have missed something.
> >
> > TIA for helps.
> >
> > -GECKO

>
> If you have XP (you mention Windows Explorer), then simply right-click on
> 'My computer' on the desktop and choose "Manage". In the application that
> opens, choose disk Management (under storage) and you will be able to see
> which drive letter is mapped to which physical hard drive. You can even
> rename the drives in there. Make sure you close all other applications first
> though...


That's the good way. Call the first partition at the first drive
DR0P1, the second DR0P2 etc. and the first at the second drive
DR1P1 etc.

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:47 AM
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Default Re: Re: How To Identify Partitions

On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:02:51 -0500, "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote:


>To make sure there is not possibility of error:
>
>With the machine off, disconnect all drives except the one the OS is
>installed on...
>then boot the machine an note the drive letters (then label the drive)
>Next attach one drive at a time and do the same
>etc
>


Thanks

I thought of that - I was just wondering if there was another way that
did not require physically disconnecting the drives.

-GECKO

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:51 AM
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On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 13:11:26 +0100, "GT"
<ContactGT_rem_ove_this_@hotmail.com> wrote:


>If you have XP (you mention Windows Explorer), then simply right-click on
>'My computer' on the desktop and choose "Manage". In the application that
>opens, choose disk Management (under storage) and you will be able to see
>which drive letter is mapped to which physical hard drive. You can even
>rename the drives in there. Make sure you close all other applications first
>though...
>



I am using XP PRO SP2.

I looked at what you describe - it is what I was looking for. Thanks.

-GECKO

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:52 AM
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On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 16:12:00 +0200, Jawade <Henk_Jawade@hotmail.com>
wrote:


>That's the good way. Call the first partition at the first drive
>DR0P1, the second DR0P2 etc. and the first at the second drive
>DR1P1 etc.



Yup - exactly what I was thinking.

Thanks

-GECKO

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Old 09-03-2008, 01:56 PM
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On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 09:47:33 GMT, gecko <alpha@olympus.net>
wrote:

>On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:02:51 -0500, "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote:
>
>
>>To make sure there is not possibility of error:
>>
>>With the machine off, disconnect all drives except the one the OS is
>>installed on...
>>then boot the machine an note the drive letters (then label the drive)
>>Next attach one drive at a time and do the same
>>etc
>>

>
>Thanks
>
>I thought of that - I was just wondering if there was another way that
>did not require physically disconnecting the drives.
>
>-GECKO


yes in Disk Management, but what does it take, 2 minutes to
take the side panel off and pull the data cable?

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:36 PM
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"kony" <spam@spam.com> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 09:47:33 GMT, gecko <alpha@olympus.net>
> wrote:
>
> >On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:02:51 -0500, "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>To make sure there is not possibility of error:
> >>
> >>With the machine off, disconnect all drives except the one the OS is
> >>installed on...
> >>then boot the machine an note the drive letters (then label the drive)
> >>Next attach one drive at a time and do the same
> >>etc
> >>

> >
> >Thanks
> >
> >I thought of that - I was just wondering if there was another way that
> >did not require physically disconnecting the drives.
> >
> >-GECKO

>
> yes in Disk Management, but what does it take, 2 minutes to
> take the side panel off and pull the data cable?



That's right.
disk management should work...
but if the drives are physically disconnected, there is virtually no chance
for error!



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Old 09-03-2008, 11:18 PM
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Default Re: Re: How To Identify Partitions

Actually I have a similar situation and solved it by naming Partitions after
the HD they are located on.
So if I have a Samsung and a Western Digital drive I rename the
partitions..SAM-C WD-D ...SAM-E..etc etc.

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"gecko" <alpha@olympus.net> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 16:12:00 +0200, Jawade <Henk_Jawade@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>
>>That's the good way. Call the first partition at the first drive
>>DR0P1, the second DR0P2 etc. and the first at the second drive
>>DR1P1 etc.

>
>
> Yup - exactly what I was thinking.
>
> Thanks
>
> -GECKO



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Old 09-05-2008, 04:39 PM
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On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 09:56:32 -0400, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:


>yes in Disk Management, but what does it take, 2 minutes to
>take the side panel off and pull the data cable?



You're right.

-GECKO

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Old 09-05-2008, 04:40 PM
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On Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:36:04 -0500, "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote:


>
>That's right.
>disk management should work...
>but if the drives are physically disconnected, there is virtually no chance
>for error!
>


Those of us that are careless appreciate that advice.

-GECKO

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Old 09-05-2008, 04:41 PM
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On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:18:44 GMT, "peter" <peterk@nowhere.net> wrote:

>Actually I have a similar situation and solved it by naming Partitions after
>the HD they are located on.
>So if I have a Samsung and a Western Digital drive I rename the
>partitions..SAM-C WD-D ...SAM-E..etc etc.
>
>peter



Good idea.

Except I have 3 Maxtor drives.

-GECKO

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Old 09-05-2008, 05:05 PM
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On Fri, 05 Sep 2008 16:41:18 GMT, gecko <alpha@olympus.net>
wrote:

>On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:18:44 GMT, "peter" <peterk@nowhere.net> wrote:
>
>>Actually I have a similar situation and solved it by naming Partitions after
>>the HD they are located on.
>>So if I have a Samsung and a Western Digital drive I rename the
>>partitions..SAM-C WD-D ...SAM-E..etc etc.
>>
>>peter

>
>
>Good idea.
>
>Except I have 3 Maxtor drives.
>
>-GECKO


Include their capacity in the name. It's also handy to put
a sticker on the side or back of each drive with it's brand,
capacity, whether a member of a RAID array and which member
if so, even what's on it or other info relevant to you.

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Old 09-06-2008, 02:34 AM
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gecko wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:36:04 -0500, "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote:
>
>
>> That's right.
>> disk management should work...
>> but if the drives are physically disconnected, there is virtually no chance
>> for error!
>>

>
> Those of us that are careless appreciate that advice.
>
> -GECKO



And who isn't careless from time to time???

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