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Windows 7: Help with hard drive management.


07 Nov 2011   #1

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Help with hard drive management.

I just got an Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series 120GB, I just installed it but I have a couple minor issues I want to take care of. For 1, I have a 600GB harddrive as my main drive, it has 2 partitions on it, the first one listed is 19.53GB, with the second being the rest of the drive. I would like to get rid of that 19.52 partition and use it with the rest of the hard drive, but I'm not sure if the 19.52 partition contains any important files, I believe it's just a back up. And 2; I would like for my main hard drive to be listed before the new SSD in "My Computer." Here is a picture of my Computer Management.




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07 Nov 2011   #2

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I assume this is not a home built PC and that you got it from a manufacturer--HP, Acer, etc.

That 19 GB partition probably is the means by which you could restore your PC to its factory condition. You might want to keep it around for that purpose. Or at a minimum burn some recovery CDs which would also restore you to factory condition.

If you really do want to get rid of it, it can be done. The best tool to do it is Partition Wizard bootable disc. Download the app, burn it to a disc, boot from that disc. and delete that partition. Then reassign the space to the other partition on the drive.

What are your plans for the SSD? Normally, people use them for the operating system, which you now have on a spinning drive.
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07 Nov 2011   #3

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You don't say whether your computer is a proprietary model such as Dell or HP, but I would imagine the 19 GB partition was or is a recovery partition.

However, as you have or are going to have Windows installed on your SSD there's nothing to stop you deleting the small partition on Drive 0 and extending the C drive to the left to take up the space.

You can't do it using Windows 7's Disk Management, but you can use the free version of Partition Wizard, as this tutorial explains.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Download the Partition Wizard ISO and burn it to a blank CD then boot into it. Delete the required partition and extend the C drive, apply your changes then boot back into Windows on completion.
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07 Nov 2011   #4

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This is an Asus G73Jh, I plan on either using the 120 SSD either for a back up, or for just extra storage, I'm only deleting the partition if I do use it for a backup.
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07 Nov 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ElliottGenocide View Post
This is an Asus G73Jh, I plan on either using the 120 SSD either for a back up, or for just extra storage, I'm only deleting the partition if I do use it for a backup.
That's entirely your business and your decision, but using a 120 GB SSD for backup or storage pretty much defeats the purpose of getting an SSD rather than a spinning drive--to say nothing of the fact that an SSD is quite small compared to a spinning drive of the same price level. As a storage or backup drive, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between an SSD and a spinning drive. Not so when comparing an OS on SSD versus an OS on a spinning drive.
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07 Nov 2011   #6

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Obviously, it is your choice, but you'll get a real performance boost if you install Windows on your SSD, and just use your spinner for data storage.
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07 Nov 2011   #7

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My OS is already installed on another SSD that came with this laptop, I think anyways.
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07 Nov 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ElliottGenocide View Post
My OS is already installed on another SSD that came with this laptop, I think anyways.
Your C partition (OS) is on the same drive as that 19 GB partition. There is only the slimmest chance that is an SSD.
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07 Nov 2011   #9

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I agree. A 600 GB SSD would cost an absolute fortune at current prices.
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07 Nov 2011   #10

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You should be able to confirm if it is an SSD or standard HHD by getting the drive's details in Device Manager.
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