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Windows 7: Can I boot from a 30GB SSD or did I just waste my money?

24 Sep 2013   #11
Osuchan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@Sandeep P and theog,

Thanks for the great advice. I've managed to get my laptop to boot from the SSD! Success!

However, I now cannot access my HDD.

Owing to only having 30GB SSD I've economized drivers I installed in the hopes that after installing chipset and network drivers the HDD drivers could auto update and after a reset or two I could access it again.

Please help!!


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25 Sep 2013   #12
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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25 Sep 2013   #13
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Osuchan View Post
@Sandeep P and theog,

Thanks for the great advice. I've managed to get my laptop to boot from the SSD! Success!

However, I now cannot access my HDD.

Owing to only having 30GB SSD I've economized drivers I installed in the hopes that after installing chipset and network drivers the HDD drivers could auto update and after a reset or two I could access it again.

Please help!!
Hi Osuchan,

Its great to hear that you were able to boot through MSATA drive.

Please upload the images of your disk mnagement as you might need to format the harddrive. Post the screnshot as advised by theog so we can advise you further.
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25 Sep 2013   #14
Osuchan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hopefully the attachment works.

Thank you again for the support. At the moment I feel like pulling my hair out this whole experience has been very stressful. Without such generous support I would be probably alot worse off and in a much worse state

EDIT: Also, just because I apparently wasn't having enough problems before, the in-built speakers are acting very odd.

One the left of my laptop I have 3 audio jacks (2 headphone, 1 mic)
From the front it goes headphone, headphone, mic.

-With no audio jacks plugged in it does not emit any sound even though mixer tells me itis
-With audio jack (headphones) in the front most headphone socket, I get low quality, tinny audio through headphones
-With audio jack (headphones in the second headphone socket, the audio comes out in reasonable quality through the in-built speakers

Well, that's something to consider on top of EVERYTHING _


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25 Sep 2013   #15
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

System reserved is a hidden partition with no drive letter, it will only be visible in device manager. The other partition is unallocated so it will not be visible either. I'm not sure if the System reserved is a left over from the previous install or actually in use. It's the only one marked active so I think it might be in use. Normally that would be on the drive Windows is installed to so it should be on Disk 0, not Disk 1. One way to find out is to delete it and see if Windows will still load. Ideally it should have been deleted during the install to Drive 0. It will work the way it is but its not what I would call ideal.
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25 Sep 2013   #16
Osuchan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I cleaned both disks before this install and so it will be from this install.

If I were to delete it, what are the negatives of such an action?
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25 Sep 2013   #17
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Osuchan View Post
I cleaned both disks before this install and so it will be from this install.

If I were to delete it, what are the negatives of such an action?
I do believe the Windows boot loader is there so Windows will not load if you delete it.

EDIT: System Reserved Partition - Delete
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25 Sep 2013   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

The System Reserved Partition is the Windows 7 one, follow the tutorial above.
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25 Sep 2013   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

lol, for a second there I forgot what forum I was on.
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26 Sep 2013   #20
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Osuchan View Post
Hopefully the attachment works.

Thank you again for the support. At the moment I feel like pulling my hair out this whole experience has been very stressful. Without such generous support I would be probably alot worse off and in a much worse state

EDIT: Also, just because I apparently wasn't having enough problems before, the in-built speakers are acting very odd.

One the left of my laptop I have 3 audio jacks (2 headphone, 1 mic)
From the front it goes headphone, headphone, mic.

-With no audio jacks plugged in it does not emit any sound even though mixer tells me itis
-With audio jack (headphones) in the front most headphone socket, I get low quality, tinny audio through headphones
-With audio jack (headphones in the second headphone socket, the audio comes out in reasonable quality through the in-built speakers

Well, that's something to consider on top of EVERYTHING _
Hi Osuchan,

Its good to know that you were able to install Windows on MSATA drive as desired by you. Your SATA harddrive is detected all you have to do is right click on the unallocated drive,select create volume and follow onscreen instructions to format and assign the volume label to your SATA drive.

Then you should be able to use your SATA drive as a storage drive.

Now, for the audio issue did you update the drivers after installation of Windows 7. Check this video for updating all the correct drivers:

.Updating Dell Drivers

Also, make sure you download and install the audio driver from the link below:

Audio driver

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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