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Windows 7: Reformatted SSD

03 Sep 2012   #1
Joshgt2

Windows 7
 
 
Reformatted SSD

Hello,

I have a custom PC for the part year and my main Windows 7 boot drive was giving my some aggravating problems. Board is an EVGA P67 SLI with a Crucial C300 128GB SSD as the main boot drive in the SATA3 location. I've seen MANY cases where people were having some slowing speeds with the drive and I finally came along with that problem as well, and since I only use the drive to boot up I figured a reformat would be a nice way to simply start over.

Regardless, I have 2 other mechanical hard drives one in which stores everything from Steam Games to Ventrilo and other software. The other is simply used for personal things like Pictures, Music, and Videos. My "Programs Drive" is simply like the "Program Files" of your typical C: drive really. Everything I can put on that one goes on that one and basically I use the SSD for the start up times since P67 doesn't support caching like the Z68s do.

My issue is, now that I've reformatted my main SSD drive when it comes to playing my games I'm only able to play whatever is through Steam. If it isn't through Steam then it simply doesn't run. Even when I actually try re-installing it again just for registry purposes it doesn't go through. Obviously my "Programs & Features" selection is a bit empty right now because nothing is registered on my main drive. Should probably look into doing that at some point as well with Steam and all of the installed games.

Any insight would be helpful... Thanks.


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03 Sep 2012   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I read your whole message and I can not find what your question is.
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03 Sep 2012   #3
Joshgt2

Windows 7
 
 

My question is that about half of my games (even through Steam at this point) are refusing to play and are simply crashing upon start up. This is all I do on my PC. I game on & off of Steam and browse some sites through Chrome.

Through all of the other text, my previous question was, "My issue is, now that I've reformatted my main SSD drive when it comes to playing my games I'm only able to play whatever is through Steam. If it isn't through Steam then it simply doesn't run. Even when I actually try re-installing it again just for registry purposes it doesn't go through."
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03 Sep 2012   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

You will need to list your System Specs COMPLETELY in the left bottom of your message. We need to know what you are running. Thanks,
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03 Sep 2012   #5
Joshgt2

Windows 7
 
 

MOTHERBOARD: EVGA P67 SLI 130-SB-E675-KR LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU/PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
HEATSINK: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
VIDEO CARD: EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB
MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
HARD DRIVE #1: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HARD DRIVE #2: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
NETWORK CARD: VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card

Funny thing to note... My boot time was really fast during the initial reformat until I installed the recommended Windows updates. Now the Windows logo completely finishes before my desktop appears. Could their be a windows update in which isn't liking SSDs that much?
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03 Sep 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

See my message above
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03 Sep 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

This is why Programs should be installed to C along with the OS to which they integrate themselves. The modern way then is to save a backup image externally of C to reimage the HD in 20 minutes in place of reinstall.

Delete your Programs file on the other HD and reinstall the programs to C, or if space is too limited at least install the most used programs to C and place the others on a partition which you include in the backup image along with C.

Make sure you followed the Best Practices for reinstall which are the same as for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
Macrium - Image your system
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