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1 partttion for OS / 1 partition for files

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So I have heard that some people have sepperate partitions for OS and documents.
So that I case the system for any reason stops functioning they can just reinstall the OS without having to loose all of their files.

How would I go about doing this the right way? Do you need to make different partitions when installing the operating system or can I just make a new partition now? And is this method reccomeneded my experts?
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It is generally best to set this up when installing Windows, not after. Whenever you mess with existing partitions, even with the best programs and precautions, there is a risk of total corruption and data loss. Partitioning programs like EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition – formally Partition Magic, let split an existing drive or partitions into multiple partitions, resize or delete partitions and I have used it several times with no problems. But I would urge you do a complete backup of your data first, just in case.

Note this really works best when using two separate drives. If you split a single drive into two partitions, if the drive fails, you still lose everything.
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