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Windows 7: SSD / HDD Disk Management Best practices?

02 Jan 2014   #1
mlomanno

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
SSD / HDD Disk Management Best practices?

Hello,

I posted this thread earlier today Moved Pagefile.sys to second HHD and old pagefile.sys still on primary. To sum it up, I have a small SSD (C drive) and a large HDD (F drive). I read about the SSD read/write cycles and wanted to move the filepage.sys to my HDD along with saving room on my SSD. The SSD has my OS and processing heavy programs and HDD has everything else. I successfully moved the pagefile.sys to my HDD .

During the thread, SlartyBart brought up a good point that I didn't think about.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Looks as though you can delete pagefile.sys on the C:\ drive.
The only pagefile flag is on the F:\ drive.

You might have to change security on C:\pagefile.sys before it will let you remove it.

Your disk configuration is a little different, there is no System Reserve 100 Mb partition and the System, Active flags are set on the F:\ drive.

This will work with one caveat, your system will not boot (or it will BSOD) if you remove the F: drive.
So don't remove the F:\ drive
My F:\ drive is an internal drive,, but what if it fails and I can't load my OS? Is there a way to have my C drive have everything required for booting and put pagefile on my F:\ drive?

Matt


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02 Jan 2014   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think keeping the small pagefile (1GB) on C (your OS drive) is safer and doesn't eat into your SSD that much. What definitely not desirable is to have your F HDD as system active. You are booting through F and really should be booting through C. If you disconnect F will will probably find your system won't boot. Also, if you attempt to make a Windows System Image it will want to include C and F.
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02 Jan 2014   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Active
Than
Physically disconnect the all other HDD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.

Do a Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the all other two HDD, as Disk1 & Disk2.

Mark the Windows Disk1 HD Drive INACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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02 Jan 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If your page file is that small, I would just leave it on the ssd, as suggested. When your memory gets to 8,16,or 32 GBs, then it`s time to start looking for options. With 32 GBs I don`t even use a page file.
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02 Jan 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

You've been given very good advice and the proven steps for moving your System boot files to C so it boots itself.

Before doing that to move the page file back to C to take advantage of the speed increase which is the point of the SSD, turn it off on F, reboot and then turn it back on System Manager on C: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change
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03 Jan 2014   #6
mlomanno

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info guys,

I have a question though. I have Win7 64 bit installed and have the discs for 32 and 64. I also have a recovery disc I made ~2 weeks ago, with what I'm assuming to be my current settings of having 2 HD's working to boot Windows. Would it be better to use the Win7 64 bit disc or the recovery image I made?

Matt
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03 Jan 2014   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

A 3rd party PBackup software Recovery disk,

or Start up Repair CD? startup repair disc-create
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03 Jan 2014   #8
mlomanno

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

start up repair disc. I had some problems with Windows ~1 month ago and had to use my backup from an external HDD to restore windows, so I created a repair disc I believe... That's what my ODD says.

Assuming there is a difference between repair and start up repair discs, correct? if so, can I make one now or would that still give me the dual boot situation?

Matt
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03 Jan 2014   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You use the Windows 7 x64 DVD or the Start up Repair x64 CD for a x64 install.
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03 Jan 2014   #10
mlomanno

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Active
Than
Physically disconnect the all other HDD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.

Do a Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the all other two HDD, as Disk1 & Disk2.

Mark the Windows Disk1 HD Drive INACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Inactive

So I followed these steps and I believe I have fixed my problem. Attached is a snippet of my diskmgmt.msc right now. Everything looks good to me, just wanted a verification that things went smoothly.

EDIT:
I wanted to ask about something with the recovery situation. It took two start up repairs to work correctly. I originally used my Win7 x64 disc for the first repair and things went smooth. My computer restarted and loaded the CD again, but when I went to click repair, it said that the version wasnt the same, like it was booted in 32 bit. I poped in my recovery disc (which I should mention is 64 bit), same thing. I then restarted my computer and booted from the recovery disc and repaired start up and everything worked out. Was that just a weird coincidence or what?


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