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Windows 7: Advice and direction on installing OS on new SSD with multiple HHD's

18 Feb 2012   #11
rtmeek

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

OK. I believe the startup repair did what it was supposed to do.

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However, the problem persists on trying to make an image of C. Windows backup still insists that the image be of C & D. Is this because (1)Windows needs something in the user files located in D to "run or start" , (2) ProgramData folder located in D, (3) Or just because that's the way Windows thinks it needs to be done regardless of what I want?

The whole idea in relocating the user files to D was to be able to image a known good copy of the OS and programs in case I ever needed to reinstall.




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18 Feb 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

As I said earlier In some cases the win7 imaging app will consider the drive with User folders part of system.

I also gave you the solution which others use.
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18 Feb 2012   #13
rtmeek

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

I followed your directions and made an image of C with Acronis and used Windows backup to image C & D on another HHD. I guess i'm covered. Thanks.

I've got another small problem though. After I used DiskPart to mark my D drive inactive prior to repairing startup, now when I reboot I get the following screen:Advice and direction on installing OS on new SSD with multiple HHD's-windows-boot-mgr.jpgWhat could have happened to show two operating systems? The current Disk MGT is as shownAdvice and direction on installing OS on new SSD with multiple HHD's-diskmgt3.png


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18 Feb 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

Check msconfig>boot. Is there a second OS incorrectly listed which needs deleting?

Did you have another OS on one of the HD's before?

You'll also need to go to Control Panel>System>System Protection, determine which is the ghost listing, highlight it, select Configure and Delete it so that System Restore works correctly.
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18 Feb 2012   #15
rtmeek

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Gregrocker.

There WAS another OS on My H drive (original drive with OS, data, etc. before all changes). I deleted it on msconfig and all's well! I would have never figured that out. Thanks

Also, I went to system protection>H>configure and clicked delete. It said it was going to delete all past restore points -I clicked OK. Right? Nothing Else?


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Thanks so much for your help

Ted


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18 Feb 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

Ted -

Is System Protection turned on for C? I don't see it in the list. I always apportion 20% so more Restore points hang around longer.

Did you ever delete the OS on H? An OS partition is properly deleted in Disk Mgmt. Sometimes if it interferes it requires moving the data off to wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command
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18 Feb 2012   #17
Davedude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600)
 
 

I have a question along these lines. Everywhere I read it says to set up a RAID for the SSD/SATA relationship to work with the Intel Data Storage utility. If I opt to use my SSD as the OS/boot drive is establishing a RAID necessary? I just want my SATA drives for data/game storage. Also, the SSD is 64Gig.
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18 Feb 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Hey Dave Dude -

Can you show us some links of who is giving this advice to RAID SSD for Win7?

All we see here are problems with Win7 and RAID which seems more and more like dated technology with built-in drive imaging and SSD performance.
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18 Feb 2012   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Davedude View Post
If I opt to use my SSD as the OS/boot drive is establishing a RAID necessary? I just want my SATA drives for data/game storage. Also, the SSD is 64Gig.
Hi Dave,

No, it is definately not neccessary to create a RAID drive if you install the OS to a SSD. The best possible setup is exactly what you are after:

1. Install OS to SSD (you can also install some applications to the SSD too - 64Gb is large enough)
2. Install data and other programs to HDD

Regards,
Golden
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18 Feb 2012   #20
rtmeek

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Gregrocker,
System protection is 'on' for C drive and I changed the % from 5% to 20% as you suggested.

In regards to the H drive, It was my main HD -C drive- before I installed my new Intel SSD using the tutorial to relocate the user folders. I marked it inactive but, for the time being, have just left it alone in case my new installs (or whatever) screwed up so I would have a 'good' drive with OS and data to fall back on; as I could't even pay a bill without my computer. Whenever I'm comfortable that all is good with the new new drive, etc. I was going to format it and use it for data, backups,etc. I could just unplug it. Whats's your advice?

Again, thanks for your help

Ted
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