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Windows 7: OS split across 2 drives, want to put all on a third

01 May 2014   #11
Kaktussoft

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@Greg is right as usual. He gives the advice I want to give you as well. But only a DM will give us more info.


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02 May 2014   #12
Corwyn775

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I used Macrium and cloned the old SSD to the new one, then expanded the partition to include the whole drive. Wouldn't boot from the new SSD so I ran a repair with Windows Repair Disc. Everything seems to be working fine now. WEI storage score went from a 5.3 to a 7.9.

I looked into the files that are on the data drive and it turns out none of my user profiles or librarys are on that drive. In fact, nothing I could find connected to the OS at all was on that drive. Is there a program out there that scans a drive for system files and makes a list of them or anything like that?

Thanks to all for the great help thus far! If I can just figure out this system splitting thing now the system will be perfect.

Sorry for not getting the screenshot up yet, I didn't have enough time yet to get that to happen and now I am back at work again.
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02 May 2014   #13
Kaktussoft

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How can you logon to the new SDD if user profiles are missing?

How many partitions were on OLD SSD? I mean did you clone all the prartitions or only 1? If you skipped some partitions... what is on these partitions?

Is the 1TB drive still connected?
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02 May 2014   #14
Kaktussoft

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Take a look in "disk manager". All Volumes are listed and have the correct drive letter?
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02 May 2014   #15
Corwyn775

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Sorry I wasn't very clear in my description before!

I cloned the entire drive which consisted of two partitions: A 100 MB System partition and a 59 GB partition that housed the rest of the files including the OS.

When I looked into where the system files were after installing the new SSD I found that all the expected user and library files were on the new SSD that I had cloned the old SSD to. Everything I can think of to look for in terms of a system file is located on the new SSD ( C: ).

I still have the 1TB drive attached. I have not tried booting without the 1TB drive attached, that would be a good experiment to run. The 1 TB drive is still listed as having 20 GB of data that Windows Backup and Recovery thinks it needs to have a system image.

All volumes were listed and had the correct drive letter in disk manager.
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02 May 2014   #16
Kaktussoft

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So what you did is actually: Clone OLD to NEW SSD. Just a copy of everything. The NEW SSD has another disksignature and the partitions are larger and not starting on same sector.

Did you boot WITHOUT the old SSD attached? It fails.... because wrong disk signature in bootmenu. Startup Repair did fix that. You ran Startup Repair when old SSD wasn't attached?

If OLD SSD was still attached to system..... there's a big chance C drive is still the old C drive.

It all looks fine now!! Please post screenshot of Disk Management as asked before.
What is NOT working fine now???? You cloned correctly, so all should be the same.
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02 May 2014   #17
Kaktussoft

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I went ahead and made the image it recommended using only the options I couldn't uncheck (both the Agility and the WD 1TB drive data) thereby making a backup of the approximately 75 GB of combined data.
What couldn't you uncheck? C-partition on old SSD and 1TB partition couldn't be unchecked. Could you uncheck System Reserved????
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02 May 2014   #18
Corwyn775

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I disconnected the old SSD when I tried booting and left it disconnected when I ran the repair.

The system runs fine with the new SSD installed now and the old SSD in a box on the shelf.

I am not sure if all of the partitions were selected on the old SSD during my image attempts, but the entire contents of the main partition was checked and couldn't be unchecked as the size of the data being backed up from the old SSD was the size of the used space on the drive.

The only thing that is wrong now is that I am concerned that there are system files on the 1TB Data drive because it is still saying that it needs to use 20 GB of data from it in order to make a system image.

I will definately post the screen capture of disc managment after work today. So sorry for the delay in that!
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02 May 2014   #19
Kaktussoft

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AFAIK Windows7 built-in image backup let you backup any volume you wish. But you MUST backup (so is NOT uncheckable): The win7 volume (volume with C:\Windows), and the bootmanager volume (volume that is marked ACTIVE, has the bootmgr file and bootmenu).

I think the bootmanager and bootmenu is on 1TB disk!!??

Take your time and have a nice day. Don't forget to post the screenshot later.
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02 May 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

I would keep data and User folders on C until you start getting tight on space, then move the larger files to data drive to link via Libraries. I have this with my oversize video files that won't upload to Skydrive, put them in a separate folder named "Oversize Videos" on data drive then rightlick it to link to Video library. That covers my entire oversize. Your mileage may vary.

Of course you can also move User folders or copy an entire User folder to data drive to rightclick link it to Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums
and then Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

But if you're not short of space I'd enjoy the speed increase all around on the SSD, the best upgrade one can get for Win7 apart from a Core i5 or if a gamer i7.
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