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Windows 7: Need help setting up with SSD & HDD duo setup

22 Apr 2012   #21

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Do I need to create a system reserve or any other partition before i move on and plug in my HDD?

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22 Apr 2012   #22

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpcrowley View Post
I just unplugged my HDD and rebooted. made sure my SSD was in sata port 0. this is what i get when i reboot
So with the HDD disconnected you can reboot the system and it starts up fine?

If so then just delete the 100MB partition on the HDD and create one partition on that drive.
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22 Apr 2012   #23

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpcrowley View Post
I just unplugged my HDD and rebooted. made sure my SSD was in sata port 0. this is what i get when i reboot
This looks good.

You don't need a System Reserved at all on any drive. I don't have it.

Most people have a System Reserved and you would have one if you disconnected all drives and started over. But you don't need it. The System Reserved contains boot files necessary to boot. In your case, you have installed the boot files on the C drive instead of System Reserved---which is fine and some would say preferable.

Just connect the HDD to port 1 and delete ALL partitions from it.

That will leave you with 100 per cent unallocated space.

Then make a single partition on the HDD and format it.

Then post another pic showing all drives connected.
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22 Apr 2012   #24

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so this is it with a partition created. i don't know why it is switching disks like that but i am positive that the ssd is in port 0 and the hdd in is port 1. I am not a big performance freak so if this isnt going to be a big issue, i don't really need to worry about it


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22 Apr 2012   #25

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpcrowley View Post
so this is it with a partition created. i don't know why it is switching disks like that but i am positive that the ssd is in port 0 and the hdd in is port 1. I am not a big performance freak so if this isnt going to be a big issue, i don't really need to worry about it
I operated with C as disk 1 and an HDD as disc 0 for years and never had a problem.

But I have heard it can cause problems in certain circumstances.

It's up to you, but I would start all over and get it right.

Disconnect the HDD, boot from the Windows disc, and delete all partitions from the SSD when you come to the partition screen. Look for "drive options, advanced" in the lower right portion of the screen. Take that choice and delete all partitions. Then continue reinstalling Windows.

Don't connect the HDD until all is well with Windows on disc 1 on the SSD.

I'm not sure why it is doing this.

You might take a look in the BIOS right now to confirm that it sees things in the same way shown in Disk Management---SSD as disc 1; HDD as disc 0.
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22 Apr 2012   #26
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpcrowley View Post
so this is it with a partition created. i don't know why it is switching disks like that but i am positive that the ssd is in port 0 and the hdd in is port 1. I am not a big performance freak so if this isnt going to be a big issue, i don't really need to worry about it
I wouldn't worry about it. This has been discussed a number of times on this forum and quite frankly no one knows why this happens. There is not a clear one to one relationship between sata port 0 and Disk 0.
Read this from MS
The disk drive numbers may not correspond as expected to the SATA channel numbers when you set up Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows 7 on a computer that has multiple SATA or RAID disks
The most logical explanation I've seen so far is here
Diskpart / Disk Management vs the BIOS
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22 Apr 2012   #27
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You are good. Don't worry about the port0 thing. The way you did the installation, it is irrelevant.

The reason why it is recommended to have the designated OS disk on port0 is because the Windows 7 installer has this habit to install the bootmgr (and often the 100MB system reserved partition) on the disk with the lowest port number.

But since you installed with only the SSD connected, this problem did not occur. And the reason why you did not get another 100MB active system partition during the reinstalltion on the SSD was because you already had a primary partition on the SSD into which you installed.
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23 Apr 2012   #28

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Alright thanks a lot everyone, y'all are the best
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