Need opinion from someone who doesn't image machines,and therefore has more familiarity in backup/recovery/repair/encryption.
Since new computers may have Windows installed, but come out of the box with NO media to repair that install, ..what to do??? I see the 14.65Gb partition for the recovery console, which seems MUCH more complete than any other recovery console.
SHRINKING THE BOOT DRIVE FURTHER THAN DISK MANAGER ALLOWS:
Since this new system comes with ONE volume, I also want to reduce this volume and create two other volumes. I know W7 has partition manager. However, PM will only divide the boot disk in half. The three partition I want to create are for. 1) 40GB Boot with OS and Office 2)100GB latest backup (manually backed up computer), applications 3) 100Gb personal files, encrypted using Bitlocker. Does this sound like a good plan and if so, how can I get the C: drive to shrink larger than half its current volume size?
NO MEDIA DISKS FOR A REPAIR INSTALL:
I also overheard you can create your own media disk with Windows 7. It would be a complete install disk in case my HDD farts and falls apart. Then, I would replace the HDD and start over rather than buying a new OS AND HDD. I would like to know how to create my own OS disk. Any advice?
GETTING BETTER MS:
I have to say MS finally listened that recovery and repair is really iportant to system admins. Now, I got to get use to the full range of options... At an enterprise level, I rarely use these options. Instead I just lay down a known good image and sysprep the machine.