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Windows 7: Some House Cleaning after Switching OS drive to SSD

07 May 2013   #11
bostonhokie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I was pretty sure that was the case, which is why I stopped and posted. All I'm trying to do is make that disk all one volume/partition/whatever again. V: has the data


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07 May 2013   #12
gregrocker

 

I see that 100mb System partition on Disk0 is an EFI partition. This is only issued when you install in UEFI mode instead of Legacy BIOS. Is this what you had done for the install which was previously on Disk0?

If so then may I ask how you ended up with a Legacy BIOS install to the SSD on Disk1, which we know is the case since it has a System partition marked Active (which UEFI cannot have). So did you enable Legacy BIOS in BIOS setup or set CSM to Legacy or Dual mode to install to a normal MBR disk?

If so then you can delete the UEFI partition on Disk 0 from Partition Wizard,

then Resize V to the left using Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.

There is no way this will convert the disk to Dynamic since you'll only have one partition and it requires four to cause Dynamic conversion which you don't want. I don't know why it warned of this except it may be an issue with PW's new Extend feature. Use Resize instead which we have years' experience with.

I have one other suggestion which is to swap the cables between Disk 0 and 1 so that Win7 is in Disk0 position so that the System boot files cannot be derailed to a preceding partition during any future reinstall or repairs. Make sure Win7 HD remains set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

If this is not possible due to SATA port considerations, then besides extending V to the left, I would also then rightclick it to Modify>Set to Logical since Logical data partitions cannot have the boot files derailed onto them.

I am here all night to help you further.
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07 May 2013   #13
bostonhokie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I see that 100mb System partition on Disk0 is an EFI partition. This is only issued when you install in UEFI mode instead of Legacy BIOS. Is this what you had done for the install which was previously on Disk0?

If so then may I ask how you ended up with a Legacy BIOS install to the SSD on Disk1, which we know is the case since it has a System partition marked Active (which UEFI cannot have). So did you enable Legacy BIOS in BIOS setup or set CSM to Legacy or Dual mode to install to a normal MBR disk?
I'not entirely sure what that means, but I didn't do anything (intentionally) different when installing to the SSD than to the HDD. So your guess is as good as mine lol. Will that cause any issues? I'm not opposed to deleting/redoing anything on either drive so long as it preserves the data on V. Sorry for my lack of knowledge here, but if you could dumb down that second paragraph a little I could give you some more useful information.

Also, not sure if this is relevant but may be worth mentioning, in order to use all 3TB of space on my HDD, before installing windows i had to go into diskpart and format it to gpt or something.
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07 May 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

Was there a UEFI DVD choice that you booted into to install Win7 to the SSD, as shown in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums. A UEFI install can only be done to GPT disk.

It's strange you had apparently installed in UEFI mode to the HD, but not to the SSD.

Do you have a UEFI BIOS? Could that UEFI boot partition on HD have been left over from previous install?

This is only important to ascertain with absolute certainty that UEFI partition is not being used now to boot the SSD. To determine this I would power down to unplug the HD, reboot to see that SSD boots correctly. Then you know you can delete the UEFI boot partition on HD and resize V to the left.
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07 May 2013   #15
bostonhokie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay things are coming back to me now. Yes I have UEFI BIOS, and yes, that 100mb partition on my HDD is definitely from the install I did to the HDD. I think I was initially too paranoid to delete it and then just put it out of my mind. On my first install to the HDD, prior to owning the SSD, after converting it to GPT, I created one partition out of the entire Unallocated Space, installed Windows, and moved on. For the SSD, I just plugged it in and installed (with the HDD unplugged). I ran Windows for a few hours with only the SSD plugged in so it definitely does not need the HDD to boot. I'm not sure though if that explains the Legacy BIOS install? Also, I can unplug and rearrange SATA as necessary, though I will most certainly need to review the manual to figure out which ports are which.
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07 May 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

In that case to make it simpler:

from Partition Wizard rightclick 100mb partition EFI on HD to Delete, click OK

rightclick V to Resize, drag left border to the left to take up all space, click OK.

Rightclick V to Modify>Set to Logical, click OK, Apply.

This precludes the need to change SSD to DIsk0 unless you want to.

I would burn the Partition Wizard CD ISO using Windows Image Burner, boot it to do these operations as its safer.
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07 May 2013   #17
bostonhokie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If I don't have any blank discs on me, is it safe to move forward without that wizard or should I find one to burn it to
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07 May 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

I would wait since we have never had a failure using the PW boot disk, but the installed versions as well as all other managers except Disk Mgmt can fail.

There really isn't any hurry and you could even consider creating a second data partition in the space: Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help
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07 May 2013   #19
bostonhokie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay well better safe than sorry! I'll report back once I scrounge up a blank disc. Thanks for all your help gregrocker!
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07 May 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

You're welcome. Let us know how it goes.
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