In the past I have either had 2 drives (in Desktop a 250 Gig SSD and a 1Tb SATA), or with SATA single drives , have partitioned them with about 2 – 25o gig as C drive and the balance as D.
I have kept OS and programmes on the C Drive and moved User data to the D drive(s) , then used Macrium Reflect to make images of the C Drive and Freefilesynch to make mirror copies of the D Drive data.
With a new laptop, that has a 500gig SSD, and similarly when setting up a granddaughter’s similar PC, I was advised by a local expert not to partition a SSD .
I have made Macrium images of the whole C drive that now has the User data on it. In trying to run Freefilesynch for the User folder there are all sorts of exceptions thrown up, eg stuff from the AppData. I do not want to use OneDrive. I have installed a micro SSD of 64 and 128 gig respectively as a D Drive and set back up in Windows /System/ backup, but am not exactly sure how that works. I don’t want to use cloud . I would be grateful for suggestions bearing in mind my preference for Macrium, Freefilesynch and no cloud. Should I reconsider partitioning? Ideally not, but suggestions are welcome.
NB The reason for not just using Macrium is it takes longer than Freefilesynch and is more difficult to extract the data alone from it. I use USB HD's for the backups.
Thanks both. I will report back tomorrow. The small unnamed sectors were there when the PC came from Dell . I think the GPT type is because I have a UEFI not Bios start? Should I convert the micro to that?
I do use Macrium to make images of the main drive, to a USB 1Tb drive. Indeed I make a second image sometimes to another HD kept in another location. The micro SD, at the moment, is the backup I use with the W10 Settings backup for files. Are you saying forget partitioning, and use Macrium to use imaging as backups, as I do now? I find it difficult with Macrium, to look at data files such as Photos. When my original pc had a motherboard failure I tried to use a Macrium image backup to retrieve data but could not find how to get it to work on another PC. I am nervous not to muck things up! Will test Macrium speed and try to see how to extract data files if I wanted to copy them to another PC