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Windows 7: Using system drive data as a data drive on seperate machine

31 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Using system drive data as a data drive on seperate machine

Hello peeps...

I have a system drive on a workstation which is 1) removable, 2) contains 2 partitions - one for the sytem & data files, one reserved by the os.

I would like to use this drive and it's file data in an external drive case (SATA) connected to my notebook.

Is this possible? Will the notebook handle the external drive properly?

Thanks

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31 Oct 2010   #2

 
 

It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create

James
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01 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create

James

That didn't seem to go very well...

The notebook saw the drive, labelled it 'G'.
I was able to access data files.
Every data file that was written back to is now corrupted.
When I placed the drive back into the workstation bay and booted, I was prompted for a 'chkdsk'.

Now what!?
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01 Nov 2010   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orion2010 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create

James

That didn't seem to go very well...

The notebook saw the drive, labelled it 'G'.
I was able to access data files.
Every data file that was written back to is now corrupted.
When I placed the drive back into the workstation bay and booted, I was prompted for a 'chkdsk'.

Now what!?
Perform the disk check (chkdsk) as per this link:

Disk Check

Also, don't know how much data is on the drive, but you may want to copy the drive contents to the workstation or create a system restore point for the data drive just to cover the bases:

System Protection - Turn On or Off

Post back and let us know how you made out. If more help is necessary, filling out your system specs and posting information on the drive in question will be helpful, including system OS's, drive file system, etc.

James
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I let chkdsk do it's thing when I placed the system drive back into the workstaion.
I copied back the 6-7 data files that were corrupted from the backup set I made before the 'experiment'.

The question is... still kind of the original question...

Is it possible to use a system drive (with data files on the same partition) as a remote drive on another system? If so, how? 'Something' happpened to the data (file table?) when I tried it. Is it possible this NEW & never previously used lian-li remote drive case's controller is a problem?
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01 Nov 2010   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orion2010 View Post
I let chkdsk do it's thing when I placed the system drive back into the workstaion.

I copied back the 6-7 data files that were corrupted from the backup set I made before the 'experiment'.
Backup very wise!

Quote:
The question is... still kind of the original question...

Is it possible to use a system drive (with data files on the same partition) as a remote drive on another system? If so, how?
Yes. I wouldn't have expected any issues. But to clarify, from the title of the post, I assume that you're not attempting to use this drive to boot drive for the notebook, are you? Second drive only?

Quote:
'Something' happpened to the data (file table?) when I tried it. Is it possible this NEW & never previously used lian-li remote drive case's controller is a problem?
The controller may be an issue, but without more info regarding the drive (ie, file system, model, enclosure...), we can't really rule out other issues. Have you tried googling for info, reading user reviews (if available), checking the mfr forum (if available) to see if this problem is a known issue with the enclosure? It might also help to give the mfr tech support line a call.

James
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01 Nov 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would first create a seperate data partition. Maybe that works better. Data Partition
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01 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would first create a seperate data partition. Maybe that works better. Data Partition
Yes, this is my next plan of action...

I will create a 'data' partition on the workstation drive.
I will copy over a small set of work files.
I will try to use these file much like i had done originally.

If I now get corruption, I'm leaning towards a bad drive case controller or driver....
I may even try one of my spare drives, which won't have a sytem or 'reserved' partition on it.
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