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Windows 7: Installed SSD with the install kit but SSD has same space as old drive

21 Sep 2016   #1
atikovi

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Installed SSD with the install kit but SSD has same space as old drive

I installed a Crucial 525GB SSD with their install kit using the Acronis cloning software to replace the HD in a 3 year old Dell desktop. Everything works fine except when I check the hard drive space, it's showing the same 298GB of the old drive. In Disk Management at Disc 0, I have under Volume, C: with 298GB and Partition with 190GB. How do I combine the two or eliminate Partition? Computer won't let me delete Partition and screen shots follow.










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21 Sep 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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I wouldn't try to delete that partition marked "System".

Note that it's about 190 GB, and is virtually empty. But it's marked "system". That's where your boot files are. If you deleted it, you wouldn't boot.

I'd shrink it down to maybe 200 to 500 MB--well under 1 GB.

That will generate a bunch of "unallocated space"--about 190 GB of it.

Then you can add that unallocated space to C.

I don't think Windows will let you do all of that with Windows own built in tools.

I'd use Partition Wizard Mini Tool:

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online
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21 Sep 2016   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Can you post the Disk Manager image of the old disk so we can see it?
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21 Sep 2016   #4
AddRAM

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I would write the system files to C before you do anything.
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21 Sep 2016   #5
atikovi

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Can you post the Disk Manager image of the old disk so we can see it?
I connected the old drive to the install kit cable and plugged it into a USB port. It's disc 2 here:

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21 Sep 2016   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Nothing particularly noteworthy in the last picture.

I assume the PC will boot fine with just the SSD connected.

If that's true, I'd just go ahead with Partition Wizard.

As AddRam says, you could first copy the boot files from Partition to C. If you did that, you could then delete Partition.

You'd then have just one partition on the SSD.

The tool to do that would be EasyBCD. There's a tutorial on this site.

Or you could shrink Partition and add the shrinkage to C, leaving you with 2 partitions on the SSD: C and Partition.

Either way works. Most people have at least 2 partitions on the primary drive, but it's not necessary. I don't.

You don't need that Partition partition. But you DO need the boot files on it. You get to choose on whether you want to copy the boot files to C and then delete Partition, or shrink Partition and add the space to C, keeping Partition.

When you are done, you should have one partition marked active on the SSD and one partition marked system on the SSD.
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21 Sep 2016   #7
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Only 110MB of files in Partition:



So how do I copy them to C:? Neither Open nor Explore is an option when I right click on Partition.
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21 Sep 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

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110 is about right.

Did you read what I said in my most recent post?

You use EasyBCD.
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21 Sep 2016   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi here's a tutorial of how to use easy bcd
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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21 Sep 2016   #10
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
110 is about right.

Did you read what I said in my most recent post?

You use EasyBCD.
Yes and thanks for the help. Trying your second suggestion. I shrunk Partition down to 200MB leaving 190GB unallocated.



Trying to move/merge allocated into C:. Thought I could right click C: and Extend Volume, but that choice is grey and not clickable.
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