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Windows 7: SSD Questions on New Computer

02 Oct 2016   #91
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
Okay im very frustrated now. I downloaded a bunch of videos and now my OS C drive is nearly full. Its 3.67mb free of 28.
Of course.

Windows 10 alone takes up somewhere north of 20 GB, so the drive is cramped from the beginning. That's apparently what you ordered.

You are the only person alive who can explain why you apparently told this guy that you wanted to leave the shop with Windows 10 on a tiny 32 GB SSD when you could have told him to put Windows 10 on the 250 GB SSD.

It's hard to say what this guy did, considering your explanation. Maybe he did EXACTLY what you told him to do. We don't know.

Unless you don't really have 2 separate SSDs, which will remain unknown until and unless you post a screen shot of Disk Management.

You can try and struggle with Windows 10 on a 32 GB drive, but you will be regretting it sooner or later. It looks like sooner, considering your frustration.

If you in fact have only one drive total, you can of course enlarge C to maybe 80 or 100 GB to give you some space on C, but you can't go down that road if C is in fact a 32 GB separate SSD, rather than a partition on the 250 GB SSD. I assume you are aware of the difference between partitions and drives.

I'd do it all over.

I posted the screenshot of the disk management. I believe when he did all this, i had 2gb free out of 28.7gb. Then i downloaded a few programs and had very little space left.


Are you telling me that eventually after windows updates, that the 32gb hard drive which is more like 28.7gb will have issues sooner? Does that mean i 100 percent have to go back to the repair shop to get this issue fixed?


Oh man im very frustrated right now if that is true. Well i didn't mention about copying windows 10 to the 250gb ssd. He didn't mention any of this. I had thought when he did the hard drive and ssd swap, that windows 10 is on the 32gb. And anything i download would be either going into that 32gb once it gets full, then anything else goes to the other hard drive... or any downloads i do go straight to the 250gb hard drive. However, i thought it was the first one.


Is there a reason why he didn't mention this was a very bad idea? He did mention why would i want to go from 1tb to a 250gb ssd in storage and i said its b/c its an SSD.


I heard of partition and drive. But i do not understand it. I had tons of issues doing clean reinstall of windows 7 on my old laptops because of the partition issue, not deleting right one etc and computer was never wiped fully.


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02 Oct 2016   #92
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There`s no reason to get frustrated, it won`t help anything.

And yes you will eventually run out of room on Disk 0, it`s unavoidable.

I`m sure we were all under the assumption that you were going to put windows on the 250 GB drive, I know I was.

Hey, does anyone know why everynite at this time the Forum bogs down ???


What I don`t understand is why companies even do this type of setup, although Steve explained it very well. It`s just......Silly


Drive = the entire drive
Partition = a section of the drive

just like a partition in a house divides it into separate rooms.
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02 Oct 2016   #93
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
I will post a screen shot of the disk management in a few minutes. So you are telling me that he did this wrong?

We can't possibly know the answer to that because we don't know what instructions you gave him.

Maybe you told him to get Windows 10 onto the 250 GB SSD. If you did, he failed.

Maybe you didn't.

This is what i asked.


I like to take out the 1tb 5400 rpm hard drive that came with this computer with my old samsung ssd thats 250gb that isn't clean. He said okay but said i have to get a copy of windows 10 because he is taking out the hard drive. So at that time i was very confused.


When he opened laptop, he did this and noticed there was a 32gb ssd hard drive as well and said because of that, i don't have to buy a copy of windows 10. After he took the 5400 rpm hard drive out and put the ssd in, he restarted laptop and there was 115gb free out of 232gb or so. He then went to disk management and wiped everything and it was 230gb free of 232gb on the SSD. The 32gb... i recalled it was like 2gb free out of 28.7gb when i left the place. The only thing that he asked me was why i wanted to go from 1tb hard drive to 250gb ssd and i said was because of speed... space isn't a big deal.


No I didn't mention to get windows 10 on the 250gb ssd. He told me im set and that was it. I mean from what you guys are discussing, shouldn't he know that i should be having the windows 10 on the 250gb ssd even if i didn't tell him that? Such that it would be ridiculous to have it set this way because the hard drive is going to be full no matter what?


I had thought any information i download etc would either go to that 32gb until its full... then go to the 250gb ssd. Since he mentioned that my laptop is good.


So what are my options now? Yes im very frustrated with this because i needed to get this computer set up by a certain time due to time constraints. I have the worst luck ever.
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02 Oct 2016   #94
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Then he did exactly what you told him to do.

Steve I don`t think this was the case here, if it were and anything vital was on the 1TB drive, then windows would not boot.
Sometimes it is easier to go back to square 1. Who, that knows anything about computer configuration, would install the OS on a 32 GB drive and leave a 1 TB drive as spare space. I think it was set up wrong to begin with.

For a couple of years I Ran Windows 7 from a 60 GB SSD. I had moved all of my user folders to another drive. Only the OS and programs were on the SSD. I had to watch it closely to keep it under about 38-40 GB of used space. I do not believe Dell would install the OS to the 32GB drive. They would be swamped with calls from customers.
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02 Oct 2016   #95
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I also like to add, I did not buy this directly from Dell. I mentioned this earlier. I bought it off ebay from a seller that has perfect feedback over thousands of feedback. This was New Dell Outlet.


Can someone tell me what are my options now? I have to get this fixed asap.
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02 Oct 2016   #96
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The installer was right to question you, but he`s not gonna go out of his way, when you told him exactly what you wanted.

If you have the money, then just have them transfer the entire contents of Disk 0 onto your 250 GB ssd, and put the 1 TB drive back in.

Or at least tell them that`s what you wanna do.

Then you`ll be set for a long time.


Maybe find a different person and you won`t feel embarrassed Just kidding
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02 Oct 2016   #97
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

That 32gb SSD is a cache drive, the OS should not be on it.
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02 Oct 2016   #98
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post


Are you telling me that eventually after windows updates, that the 32gb hard drive which is more like 28.7gb will have issues sooner? Does that mean i 100 percent have to go back to the repair shop to get this issue fixed?

The issue is that the 32 GB SSD is nearly full on the first day. Why you went down that road is known only to you.

You could fiddle around and we could make a few hundred more posts to try to unf...... your situation (and likely fail considering the thousands of words in this thread already that have not done any good), but the best thing you can do is to go back to the shop and pay what you have to pay to do it right.





Oh man im very frustrated right now if that is true. Well i didn't mention about copying windows 10 to the 250gb ssd.

That's on you for not telling him.

I had thought when he did the hard drive and ssd swap, that windows 10 is on the 32gb.

Apparently you were right and didn't tell him to change the location of Windows. We don't know why you took that path. I'm not sure about the original configuration. Maybe he transferred Windows from the 1 TB to the 32 GB, which is not a good idea due to the small space.

And anything i download would be either going into that 32gb once it gets full, then anything else goes to the other hard drive... or any downloads i do go straight to the 250gb hard drive. However, i thought it was the first one.

Never mind downloads. A Windows partition that's over 90% full is a bad way to configure a new machine. But maybe that's exactly what you wanted and/or asked for. We don't know.


Is there a reason why he didn't mention this was a very bad idea? He did mention why would i want to go from 1tb to a 250gb ssd in storage and i said its b/c its an SSD.

Nothing wrong with going to a 250 gb SSD if you don't need the 1 TB storage.

Why he didn't mention it? The customer is always right and I assume he thought you knew what you wanted. I thought maybe you did to after spending hours on this thread yesterday. I was wrong.


I heard of partition and drive. But i do not understand it. I had tons of issues doing clean reinstall of windows 7 on my old laptops because of the partition issue, not deleting right one etc and computer was never wiped fully.

Think of a drive as a cigarette carton containing 10 packs, each containing 20 cigarettes. Think of the 10 packs as 10 partitions. You can delete the packs and still have the carton, but you need the packs to do what you want--smoke. Similarly, you can delete partitions from a drive, but a drive without partitions is pretty useless. You can't use it, just like you can't smoke an empty carton of cigarettes.

If cigarette people wanted, they could put just 1 pack in the carton. A huge pack containing the same 200 cigarettes as 10 packs would. That would be like a hard drive with just one big partition containing all of it's space.


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02 Oct 2016   #99
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post

Can someone tell me what are my options now? I have to get this fixed asap.
If the shop is competent, go back to him. Walk in with a hand written statement of what you want so there is no confusion. Tell him to do what is written down.

If the shop is not competent, find one that is or find a friend that is.

If that 32 GB thing is removable, I'd get it out of there. It's only confusing you.

You want a plain vanilla Windows 10 installation on the 250 GB SSD. You can split that 250 into more than 1 partition if you want, but there's no real reason to do that considering your overall situation. You should keep things simple. Very simple.
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02 Oct 2016   #100
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
That 32gb SSD is a cache drive, the OS should not be on it.
Correct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Response_Technology
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