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Windows 7: How do I seperate my hard drives to act as seperate drives again ?

30 Mar 2016   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'm not positive because I don't know much about EFI systems, but I think you are OK.

Disk 1 appears to be the system drive and is also where C is. That should be OK.

What's on D? It has about 12 GB space used.

What's F? A USB flash drive? Not sure why it's marked "active".

Disconnect or remove all drives (internal, external, USB, whatever) other than disc 1--the 240 GB drive. Does the PC still boot with only the 240 connected?


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30 Mar 2016   #12
mondonewc

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The space took up on D is from installs I've put on there, it was empty after I reinstalled windows.

Yeah F was just a flash drive.

If I disable the drive here that would be suffice to then test if the PC boots off the 240gb drive yeah ?


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30 Mar 2016   #13
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think that's going to work. Why don't you just disconnect e.g. the power of the drive.
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30 Mar 2016   #14
AddRAM

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Offline for an hour, must be having technical difficulties
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30 Mar 2016   #15
RolandJS

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If I understood correctly, I believe one can disable the 2nd physical hard-drive in Device Manager and restart; Windows should no longer see or use that disabled hard-drive; however, any externally booted dvd or usb with any sort of "looksee" can access the Windows' Device Manager-disabled hard-drive.
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30 Mar 2016   #16
mondonewc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Offline for an hour, must be having technical difficulties
Hahaha

I haven't broke it ye lol.

Been busy with some other things I had to sort, appreciate everyones help tyvm, will be back in couple hours to attempt to resolve this.
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30 Mar 2016   #17
mondonewc

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
If I understood correctly, I believe one can disable the 2nd physical hard-drive in Device Manager and restart; Windows should no longer see or use that disabled hard-drive; however, any externally booted dvd or usb with any sort of "looksee" can access the Windows' Device Manager-disabled hard-drive.
So I can click to disable it like I showed in the pic above and that would do the trick or I need to do it whs' way ?
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30 Mar 2016   #18
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

I would do what WHS said. only takes a minute or so to do.
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30 Mar 2016   #19
mondonewc

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oscer1 View Post
I would do what WHS said. only takes a minute or so to do.
Yeah it was just I wasn't too keen on touching anything inside the tower since, as I've made very clear itt, I'm a noob with all this stuff

But I was brave and did it the way whs said and the OS loaded up fine so that's everything solved I believe, for now lol.

Thanks again for all your help everyone, really great site, tyty.
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30 Mar 2016   #20
whs
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Very good and I am glad you learned something on the way.
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