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Windows 7: urgent 48 hrs left: new HD back up not as it should

13 Aug 2015   #1
pintree3

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urgent 48 hrs left: new HD back up not as it should

Sorry about the urgency but in a couple of days I'm leaving the country and this PC for a year. I ran into problems. Of course I also have other things to do, finish packing etc.
I created an image a few days ago of my SSD holding the OS. I then removed it, replaced it with its original HDD.
The result from the image on my HDD, though only a few days old, still needed Windows to update itself. Anyhow, in my PC I had 3 physical drives (2 HDD, 1 SSD). The SSD with only the OS and software installed, The other 2 drives were as such
1 drive had D: and E: and the other had F:
I removed the 2nd drive (D and E) prior to switching.
Somehow my image, my new drive, now has my HD with both 'C:' and 'D:' allocating 'D' with 100MB out of 250MB to it. Inside 'D:' I see, Recycle bin, Boot, System Volume folders along with BOOTSECT.BAK and bootmgr (C: also has these same folders and files).
Disk Management shows "Disk 0" as Basic, 139.73GB online, & then on the right has 'D:' 1st as '100MB NTFS, Healthy Primary and then C: as System Drive, Healthy (System boot, Page file, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.)
As you can see it is a very small drive to start off with & I'm wondering if I could somehow merge the 2 or what. Once I solve this problem I will then place back my actual 2nd HDD which was the D: Drive
Thank you


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13 Aug 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management showing all drives and partitions, along with a brief and well-written explanation of the problem.
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13 Aug 2015   #3
pintree3

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Thanks ignatzatsonic: Attached is the image. as to explaining it both "briefly & well written" the above is best i can do. I thought it was well-written enough. What exact details are missing?
SSD is in my PC, with 2 other physical drives. SSD has C: and only C:
2 other drives one has D and E, the other has F; (shown in image)
I use Acronis true image to create an image of C (my SSD)
I remove SSD, replace it with a 4th drive, another HDD
On boot the DVD rescue goes on and the copying of my image (from the F:) is done.
PC boots with new drive. Windows updates things. I reboot. I now notice the my SSD has 2 partitions a C: and a D: (this did not exist before. Originally there was some allocated space to the SSD for system stuff but i did not have a drive letter attached to it, or at least none that I can remember)
The rest is written above (about what's inside the drives, etc.).


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13 Aug 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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What's the problem?

I have no idea what you have done with Acronis or if you used it properly, but what's wrong other than two partitions called "Systemdrive", one of which appears to be empty?

Does the PC work OK and do what you need it to do?

The 4th line of your post mentions an E partition on the same drive as a D partition.

I don't see an E partition in your picture.
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13 Aug 2015   #5
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Oh my brain just picked up that the D: drive has 100MB of space and NOT 100GB. Had not noticed that very important detail--making this issue a little less problematic. However, since many things were configured/pointing to the original 'D:' drive (including my Steam being installed there) I still have problems it being called 'D:' and wonder why it is called as such. In other word still wonder if I can make the present 'D:' as part of C: and if not I will need to give it H: or something (But definitely not D, nor E, nor F Thanks again

sorry I wrote my reply as you were answering yours.
The 4th line says what was (before) there not what is (present) there. Only the F: is said to be there presently and is shown in the image.
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13 Aug 2015   #6
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

As to Acronis: Assume I did everything as it is supposed to be done for such a thing- a sector and image etc. etc.
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13 Aug 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

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Do you have any reason to believe that D has anything at all on it? I assume that partition did NOT exist until after you did the Acronis restore.

D is tiny tiny tiny. If you have 48 hours to leave the country, it would be the least of my concerns.

To repeat: what's the problem? Does the PC operate OK and do what you need to do?
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13 Aug 2015   #8
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

My only concern really is that while I'm away, a very old lady, my mom aged 79, will be using it for the 1st time in her life; and if things head to the d drive for ex. (from auto update of software) then she'll be screwed. and also as I said, things (like short cuts) point to that drive (The D: drive was originally 500GB).
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13 Aug 2015   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Give D another drive letter if you want. If you have short cuts pointing to D, then rename the current D to M, Z, or whatever.

Remove the drive letter if you want.

I guess you have NO reason to believe anything is now on D.

I don't know if you operated Acronis correctly. I haven't used it in 10 years.

If the PC works well, I'd use it as you wish.

If it does NOT work OK, you'll have to tell us about that.

The PC could fail completely the day after you leave anyway. I assume you have a plan for that.
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13 Aug 2015   #10
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

My PC and OS do work well: thanks for your concern. I truly appreciate all of your help and to have done so this quickly.
The D: Drive seems to have those system folders and drives described above on it and nothing else. I wonder, even if all else is OK, given time if these same folders and files will grow in size. If it is OK to allocate it a different drive letter safely (considering what it is) then I will do so.
My mom will be using it only with skype to talk to me (and photos will be sent to her from time to time) My sister will come here from time to time to update things and perhaps use it herself a little. My sister has used a computer for a very long time but knows very little about things except the use of the software she uses (mainly Office, Chrome/Firefox and Skype).
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