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Windows 7: New SSD C drive but what is accessing 3 old HDD's in turn every second

13 Aug 2012   #11
whs
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Look in Resource Monitor > Disk tab. That may give you more insight of what is happening - both from the graphs on the right as from the list items above.


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13 Aug 2012   #12
pme2

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Could you do another Disk Management screen shot. Maybe I can see something else. Thanks,[/QUOTE]

My pleasure...


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14 Aug 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

If that Win7 on Disk0 is still active then it is booting off of the System Reserved partition on Disk 3, since it has no System partition and can't otherwise be booted from it's Logical partition. But I thought you said you unplugged all other HD's when you installed to C. Is H still bootable from BIOS?

I would want the OS HD in Disk0 if possible, set to boot first in BIOS setup.

I'd then wipe each HD with Diskpart Clean Command after moving it's data off temporarily, repartition it as a Logical data drive. This wipes the boot sector so that no code can interfere until the next time it is made bootable. We know this is a problem because it solves install failures about half the time.
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14 Aug 2012   #14
pme2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Look in Resource Monitor > Disk tab. That may give you more insight of what is happening - both from the graphs on the right as from the list items above.
Hi WHS, yeah had a look at that, it's kciking off there, but not entirely sure what I'm looking at or for. It's all happening son fast difficult to make out whats going on. Disk activity is all C: drive...system and a svchost. see snip.
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14 Aug 2012   #15
pme2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If that Win7 on Disk0 is still active then it is booting off of the System Reserved partition on Disk 3, since it has no System partition and can't otherwise be booted from it's Logical partition. But I thought you said you unplugged all other HD's when you installed to C. I could be wrong, but 99% sure they were unplugged so they didn't effect the new win 7 64 install, is there any way of checking?
Is H still bootable from BIOS? Yes it is, I just need to click on it when on the boot page.

I would want the OS HD in Disk0 if possible, not sure how to do that, set to boot first in BIOS setup. OK will do, it's second at the moment behind the DVD drive, no others are set in the boot order.

I'd then wipe each HD with Diskpart Clean Command after moving it's data off temporarily, repartition it as a Logical data drive, is this just called a Logical drive when formatting?. This wipes the boot sector so that no code can interfere until the next time it is made bootable. We know this is a problem because it solves install failures about half the time. Gonna have to be tomorrow night for this bit, as I'm running out of time tonight.
Thanks for you help,
pme2
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14 Aug 2012   #16
whs
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The Resource Monitor window would be more telling if it were ordered in the 'write' column. From what I see, most activity is coming from Chrome. And you are right - all the action is on C:.
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14 Aug 2012   #17
pme2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The Resource Monitor window would be more telling if it were ordered in the 'write' column. From what I see, most activity is coming from Chrome. And you are right - all the action is on C:.
Hows that?


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14 Aug 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Then H is booting off of System Reserved since it can't boot itself on a Logical partition.

Strange, possibly problematic.

Are you sure you're not getting a Windows Boot Menu instead of using BIOS Boot menu which would rely on boot files on the HD HD which aren't there?

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15 Aug 2012   #19
pme2

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Stupid page keeps saying I've got to put more than 3 characters in, when I've wrtten all this;-


Then H is booting off of System Reserved since it can't boot itself on a Logical partition.
How do you know that H is booting? I'll just unplug it from the pwr & mobo & see what happens...
Strange, possibly problematic.

Are you sure you're not getting a Windows Boot Menu instead of using BIOS Boot menu which would rely on boot files on the HD HD which aren't there?

Asus boot menu is mouse compatable, yes deffo boot menu "delete" at boot...
The other drives are mostly dated back up stuff, I'll just delete it all as it's backed up as well to my GoFlex extnl drive. Except for the H drive which has some docs & stuff on it, My drive has all my computer based stuff on it since 1998, so carefully does it.
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15 Aug 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

I asked you if H is still bootable and you said you only need to click on it from BIOS. Is this the BIOS Boot menu accessed at boot? If H boots that way then it should have Boot files onboard but cannot with a Logical partition. This makes me think you are actually booting it with the Windows Boot manager menu which comes up after BIOS post and would have been configured if H was plugged in when you installed the new Win7.

Can you post up a pic of this boot menu you're referring to?

Do you want to delete H now, or can you move it's files off of it so you can delete it in Disk mgmt. which is the correct way to uninstall an OS? Partition or Volume - Delete

It's even better to wipe the other HD's with Diskpart Clean Command to overwrite any conflicting boot code from prior OS installs.
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