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Windows 7: Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot

10 Apr 2013   #31
Movick

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The array is a Lacie Biggest S2S/1.25TB (thing was nearly 2K a few years ago!). I can see each drive letter, folders, even files in Win 7. Still images will preview in Windows Photo viewer. The problem occurs when I try to move any file to another location from one of the (5) drives in the array - basically moving or opening a file larger than a meg or two pretty much chokes the system. Short of a a near freeze-up, moving a file of any significant size takes a year and a week - something's not right with Win 7 and that array. Keep in mind that thing flies in XP - I just moved most of the data to another external drive last night.

Thanks for the links and help - I'll see what they're all about!

May I ask, why need i go through all of the steps outlined in the clean install article if I have a new Win 7 disc?


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10 Apr 2013   #32
gregrocker

 

Do you have the latest controller drivers installed for the eSATA? For PCI card it should have dedicated drivers and System drivers involved.

Have you spoken with the eSATA maker's Tech Support as all such hardware has 1 year support, repair and replacement warranty? This is likely a known issue with them. You may even find something searching the issue on the web. I just haven't come across it yet.
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10 Apr 2013   #33
Movick

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The array is e-sata to pci card.
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11 Apr 2013   #34
Movick

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Greg,

I could have sworn on all that's holy you asked me if the array was USB.

"Do you have the latest controller drivers installed for the eSATA? For PCI card it should have dedicated drivers and System drivers involved."

I've been to Lacie's support page and I have thus far not found any drivers for Win 7.

"Have you spoken with the eSATA maker's Tech Support as all such hardware has 1 year support, repair and replacement warranty? This is likely a known issue with them. You may even find something searching the issue on the web. I just haven't come across it yet."

I've called Lacie as well; unfortunately the gal with whom I spoke was clueless as to a remedy for the Win 7 issue. If push ever comes to shove I can try an e-sata-USB converter.
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11 Apr 2013   #35
gregrocker

 

Can you plug in drives internally via SATA?
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11 Apr 2013   #36
Movick

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The drives (5X Hitachi Deskstar 250 GB) are hot-swappable and I'm certain that is possible. If all else fails, I guess the array and the disc volumes will serve as a cold storage vault; I'll just move the whole chunk off of my desktop to a cool dry place. It would be nice to access the data on those drives freely, so as a last ditch effort, I'll spend 25 bucks on an esata-USB converter before deep-sixing the thing.

Thanks,
Movick
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13 Apr 2013   #37
Movick

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I'm still waiting on a few programs to arrive before I do the re-installation and I've been thinking about possibly migrating the smaller SSD over to the new larger SSD using Samsung's included migration software.

Will this method save me some potential headaches verses a re-installation? If so, I'm guessing if I remove the old XP boot drive, BIOS will boot to the newly installed SSD automatically?

I'd like to not interrupt my work-flow if possible and this might be a fast and easy way to upgrade my SSD. After I finish an important project I'm finishing up, I'll have more time to fiddle with a re-installation.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Movick
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13 Apr 2013   #38
gregrocker

 

No, C if transferred to the new SSD will not boot because it is reliant on the System boot files which currently reside on XP partition.

To move them to the Win7 partition now, mark it Active and power down to swap the XP drive cable to Win7 HD making sure it remains HD set first to boot in BIOS setup.

Then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until C holds the System Active Boot flags and boots itself.

Now you can transfer Win7 to the new SSD using any migration software. If it asks choose a Primary Active partition and to copy MBR and Track0.

Since you may have to run Startup Repairs again to get Win7 to start on the new SSD you can wait to do this until after you've transferred it as well, but I'd do it now to know for sure it is self-booting.
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13 Apr 2013   #39
Movick

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Thanks Greg,

I had a feeling that it would be more involved than that and your explanation makes sense.

So if I do a re-installation instead - physically removing the XP boot drive, am I correct in understanding that Windows will create new system boot files on the SSD and I won't need to do a 3X startup repair?

My concern with the startup repair is that the XP installation was compromised after the virus damage - it only boots to safe mode without a BSOD; as such, I'd prefer not to take a chance and install corrupted files on my good drive (current Win 7 SSD).

I'm a bit torn, as I remember having issues with WMP playing back .mpeg2 files when 7 was first installed & the notion of going through that all over again isn't pleasant; there were other issues as well. I can't even recall precisely how the problems were resolved, but I'd like to keep the functionality of the current installation and not open a can o' worms if possible.

I do to some extent have the luxury of time, so I'm exploring all possible solutions which won't result in significant down time. I don't want to end up bringing this PC to the repair shop because I cannot get Win 7 to boot.

What about this: I migrate the old SSD to the new SSD and leave the XP drive where it is as the boot drive. I would simply swap the old SSD for the new on the same cable. Will that work?

Thanks for all your help - at the very least this is educational and interesting.

Movick
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13 Apr 2013   #40
gregrocker

 

You'd be removing the XP drive to repair Win7 so it boots itself, so there's no impact it can have on Win7 whatsoever. And XP will continue to be able to boot itself as best it can now. All that's happening is Win7 drive is being set to boot first in BIOS and having its own boot files written onto it so it can boot itself.

Of course a Clean Reinstall would install the boot files correctly as long as the XP drive is unplugged so it won't interfere. I would always unplug all other HD's during any repair or reinstall.
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