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Windows 7: OS on SSD...


17 Jan 2012   #11

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Clean the Drive using with Step One of this tutorial, using the CLEAN command,(no need to use CLEAN all)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Do not partition or format.
Reinstall using the Acer Recovery Disks.

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
Using the Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management.

Attachment 193596

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
NO, I did not create recovery disks.

I did "diskpart," "list disk"
The SSD is not present.

Can you suggest a next step?

Regards, paul.


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17 Jan 2012   #12

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Quote:
I did "diskpart," "list disk"
The SSD is not present.
Make sure the Drive is showing BIOS.
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17 Jan 2012   #13

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I did "diskpart," "list disk"
The SSD is not present.
Make sure the Drive is showing BIOS.
YES, it is finally showing in BIOS.

Previously, I disconnected the HD to see if it would boot from the SSD. It didn't. I reconnected the HD with the OS and the SSD disappeared everywhere, including BIOS. With a lot of jerking around it finally reappeared after moving the connection to the motherboard to another disk location.

Iit does NOT show up as a drive in Windows.

However, it does appear in the MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Can someone suggest a next step?

Regards, Paul.
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17 Jan 2012   #14

 

Update:

The SSD now appears as drive F: in Windows.

Windows boots exacting the same time from the HDD and SDD, namely 35 seconds.

I'm reluctant to disable the HDD again as I'm sure it will tell me to Reboot and Secect a Proper boot Device.

Information provided by Partition Wizard:

HDD:
Disk 1
PQSERVICE 14.00 gb, used 11.68 gb, NTFS, Type = Primary, Status = None

System Rerserved, 100.00 mb, Used 24.51 mb, NTFS, Type = Primary, Status = Active and Boot

C:Gateway, 544.01 gb, Used 48.11 gb, NTFS, Type = Primary, Status = System

E:Gateway (a partition I made): 1304. gb, NTFS, Type = Logical, Status = None


Disk 2:
*: 102.00 mb, Used = 0 b, File System = Unallocated, Type = Logical, Status = None

F:SSD 223.47 gb, Used = 34.62 gb, File System = NTFS, Type = Primary, Status = None

Sorry to be such a pain.

Does the data above seem normal?

Thank You.

Paul.
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17 Jan 2012   #15

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I'm reluctant to disable the HDD again
Why are disabling the HDD, unplug the cable & plug in to SSD.
Than install with the Acer Recovery disk.
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17 Jan 2012   #16

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I'm reluctant to disable the HDD again
Why are disabling the HDD, unplug the cable & plug in to SSD.
Than install with the Acer Recovery disk.
If the SSD has the Windows 7 OS on it, why won't it work? I read somewhere that is the procedure???

Am I misunderstanding something?

Thanks for your help.

Regards, Paul.
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18 Jan 2012   #17

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A picture of your Windows Disk Management would help.

It appears from your post 14 that your boot files are on the HDD, in the "system reserved" partition, rather than on the SSD. For that reason, you won't be able to boot from the SSD alone. You need to get the boot files on the SSD.

I assume you are trying to use the Paragon application to transfer a working system from the HDD to the SSD?
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18 Jan 2012   #18
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Power down to unplug the HD, set SSD first to boot in BIOS setup,

Boot PW CD, rightclick Windows 7 partition to Resize, drag left grey border to the left to take up unallocated space, OK.

Next rightclick on Windows 7 partition, select Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Now click on the Disk # to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply all steps, reboot. This may preclude the need to run Startup Repair 3 separate times to write the System boot files to Windows 7.

If not boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots on its own and holds the System Active flags.

Power down to plug back in the HD, boot it if needed using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen.
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18 Jan 2012   #19

 

Thanks again for the advice and help.

However, I am rethinking what I should do with the SSD.

Since it appears that the computer is booting from the HDD, and it's doing so in about 35 seconds (it isn't that I'm booting several times per day, or that 35 seconds seem like a long time to me), I'm wondering now if I should re-format the SSD starting afresh and instead of using much gb of precious disk space with an OS, use the SSD for programs I mostly use, such a Photoshop along with large NEF files that are being used at the time. These large files would likely load quicker and render faster than from the HDD.

Does this seem logical, or am I missing something.

Regards, Paul.
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18 Jan 2012   #20

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You have a 240 GB SSD---much larger than 90% of SSD users on this forum.

I would put Windows 7 and all possible applications on the SSD. Why put anything but data on a spinning drive?

I'm always in favor of starting over with a clean install, but have you tried Gregrocker's recommendations in post 18??

As I said, a pic of Disk Management would help us visualize things, but all I can see "wrong" is that you have your boot files on the spinning drive, not on the SSD.
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