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Windows 7: Moving Boot Data to Data Drive

18 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Moving Boot Data to Data Drive

So I've been using my 64GB ssd as my windows 7 boot drive and i have a 1TB hdd as my data drive. Recently the my computer has begun to freeze up with errors like "explorer.exe" has stopped responding or "windows" has stopped responding and half of the time when i try to boot it says it cant find windows. This has lead me to believe that my ssd is dying despite being only a year old. I need to RMA my ssd but to do that i would be losing my boot drive for weeks. So I thought id try to create a system image so that i can simply put my boot drive on my hdd, but when i try to create the image it says that the image would be 711GB because its including all of my hdd (which contains all my user libraries and downloads). My question is: how do I make windows stop thinking that my hdd is a system drive so that I can create a reasonably sized image, or more generally: how can i easily move my boot drive to my hdd? Also, I've read some posts about using "easyBCD" to accomplish the latter but I'm not sure that's exactly what i need in this situation. If someone can clarify that that would be great too.

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18 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Astronomicat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) screen show the full layout of all HDDs? This may be able to help determine why it is including more than your 64GB Windows 7 SSD in the system image.
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Did you move your page file, user profile folder, or user folders to another HDD/partition location other than the default C: ? If so, then those locations would be included in a system image as well, and cannot be unselected until they are moved back to the default location.
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18 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Yes I moved my users folders to my hdd because the libraries had my music and movies which couldnt fit on my ssd.

I can see now that its this "System Reserved (D" that is the problem. whatever that is. so is there a way i can get rid of this or move it to disk 0?
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18 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Yeah, you'll need to restore your user folders back to C to not have the HDD they are currently on included in the system image. Since you are just wanting to save HDD space on C, then you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues that come with moving user folder locations, and these files being included in a system image.You will not want to remove the "System Reserved" partition since it is the "Active" system partition. If you like, posting back with a screenshot of your Disk Management window will help to see what options you may have.
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18 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As Brink said, move anything considered "system" back to your system drive.
I don't use any of the Win system libraries. That's data, and I target data to reside on the spinner.
You mentioned using your 1TB spinner as your new system drive because the SSD might be going bad.
That's could be another can of worms. If the 1TB is one partition you can't put an image of the SSD there and restore to the same 1TB partition.
That reserved partition is another story that some here know how to handle.
Really need more info, as Brink suggested.
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