Is segregating data and apps worth the effort?

By Tracey Capen

The debate over splitting your data and programs into separate partitions for easier backups goes far back into hard-drive antiquity.

It was never as simple as one might have hoped in Windows XP, and based on comments in a lengthy Lounge thread, it’s no easier in Win7.

In his post titled “Moving user folders off C: drive,” Lounge member Dick-Y asked for help in his quest to cleanly separate his data from Windows 7 and its applications. That initiated a spirited debate over how to do it — and whether he even should. More»

The following links are this week’s most-interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications
Word Processing 
Word 2010 facing pages in print preview

General Excel sorting question

Background color of forms controls

Microsoft Outlook 
Outlook 2007 crashing
Non-Outlook E-mail 
Thunderbird: Text files in documents

General Windows 
Unusual Windows Run commands

Windows 7
Create hidden Admin user on Windows 7 laptop?

Windows Vista 
What causes the spinning circle?

Windows XP 
CPU upgrade requires XP reinstall?

Windows Servers 
Document manager for the SBS?
Internet Explorer 
Chrome loads but IE8 doesn’t
Third-Party Browsers 
Mozilla spills plan for, yes, Firefox 4

Mysterious wireless network concerns
Other Technologies
Security & Backups 
Your favorite antivirus software

Other Applications 
WAV file conversion to MP3
Light Relief
Windows games cheats!

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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.