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Windows 7: 1st Build - Major help needed

03 Jan 2014   #141
ChrisPbass

7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I was thinking about doing that w/the SSD. The rest of the bays are a cluster though. My only option for more than 2 HDs (excluding SSD) is too put them in the 2 5.25" bays. I guess that's not a big deal but I will have to buy adapters.


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03 Jan 2014   #142
gregrocker

 

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03 Jan 2014   #143
ChrisPbass

7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

There is no screenshot because I haven't done it yet. Got totally stumped last night when I couldn't fit the drives into their bays because they would RAM (get it) into the memory sticks.
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03 Jan 2014   #144
gregrocker

 

Get the hardware sorted first, then we can deal with it.
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03 Jan 2014   #145
ChrisPbass

7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

1. Disconnect SSD
2. Connect DVD and Spinner
3. Boot UEFI - DVD / Gparted
4. Format small partition on spinner 1
5. Shut down
6. Plug in spinner 2 (This was actually the one w/the OS)
7. Delete 100mb partition
8. Partition 100mb
9. FAIL to format last partition on spinner 2
10. Reboot w/SSD plugged in
11. Set BIOS to SSD in the boot position

There is 1 more partition on spinner 2 but Gp refuses to partion. It simply fails, immediately.

However...it booted to the SSD w/both spinners attached! Probably shouldn't be excited but I went through so much cr@p w/the other board that this seems like a great accomplishment.

The other drives came up like I had plugged in a USB stick. I've never seen that.

SSD asked to reboot.

Everything seems fine though the SSD does seem to boot slower. Maybe that will be different the next time. Obvously the OS was doing something since it asked to reboot.

The 1 partition on spinner 2 doesn't want to format in Disk Management.

So
Disk 0 - SSD - 1 partition
Disk 1 - 3TB - 3 partitions 60gb/2040gb/694gb (this is the result of win home server formatting at install)
Disk 2 - 3TB - 3 partitions 100mb/2047.90gb/745.52unallocated

I will mess w/the partitions but I want to make sure I get what I need first. I think I simply reformat Disk 2 completely to deal with whatever is going on w/that last partition.
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03 Jan 2014   #146
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yea I didn't go the ssd route because they don't have the size I want yet in ssd where they do in a regular hard drive plus the ss drives are still too pricey for my pockets
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03 Jan 2014   #147
ChrisPbass

7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
Yea I didn't go the ssd route because they don't have the size I want yet in ssd where they do in a regular hard drive plus the ss drives are still too pricey for my pockets
I dig. This 64gb Sandisk was $55-60. Still sort of unnecessary for a server like this but I just 'discovered' SSDs and was freaking out at how fast they are. So I figured it could be the OS and the big spinners can store everything. Still....not necessary at all. Total overkill
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03 Jan 2014   #148
ChrisPbass

7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

So I can basically nuke Disk 2. It had the OS on it and has no data that I need.
Format it using GPT?
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03 Jan 2014   #149
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChrisPbass View Post
So I can basically nuke Disk 2. It had the OS on it and has no data that I need.
Format it using GPT?
Yes, if it contains nothing you need then that would be a good idea.

An even better idea would be to WIPE that drive. I believe GParted has that functionality. This is where you write all zeros to the entire drive. Do it overnight, as it takes about 6 hours on a 1TB drive.

Then I suggest running the hard disk manufacturer's diagnostic software on the drive.
The fact that it would not format the last partition could be due to a bad file table (and that would be fixed in the wipe), or it could be the drive is headed south. The test will give a clue to which it is.

If the SSD is formatted GPT then you are free to format the spinner GPT.
If the SSD is formatted MBR then the spinner must be MBR.
The reason is that W7 must be installed on the disk that is formatted GPT in a UEFI system with mixed format hard drives.
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03 Jan 2014   #150
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Chris you PMed to ask what I wanted of you. Replying to this or at least acknowledging it would be a start. Also the DM snip as has been requested a few times, describing it is of no help.

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