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Windows 7: Installed Windows to wrong disk

27 Aug 2014   #1
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Installed Windows to wrong disk

I reinstalled Windows 7 a couple of months ago. I have a laptop whose storage consists of a 32GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. I thought that I had installed Windows to the HDD and was using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (see this thread), but in fact I just installed Windows to the SSD, so I have very little storage. I just noticed this today, when I went to download some songs on iTunes, and my disk was too full to do so. If I try to wipe my disk and start again, I will end up destroying my Linux installation, which I've put much more time into than Windows. Is it possible to somehow copy my Windows install to the correct disk without destroying and reinstalling? I'm afraid if I try to reinstall Windows I'll end up killing my Linux install by accident since I'd be installing Windows to the same drive as Linux. Thanks!


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27 Aug 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

The whole idea, to me, is that installing Windows on the SSD makes things faster than using an HDD. And Yes, it will be easy to break your dual-boot setup. I'd think what you need do is redirect where your downloads go, several ways to do that, one would be to move your iTunes music to a Folder on the HDD then on the download screen direct it to that Folder. Maybe uninstalling iTunes then reinstalling on the HDD would work. Most programs have an Options or Preferences for setting the location for saving their data files.
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27 Aug 2014   #3
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It is a problematically small amount of room that's left on the SDD. There's only about 120MB of space left on it. Should I just install programs to the HDD from here on out?
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27 Aug 2014   #4
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Yes, and it may help to uninstall some non-Microsoft applications and re-install on the HDD. Microsoft Office seems to work best when installed on the same partition as Windows. You may also want to consider a change to Virtual Memory [paging file] and put the bulk of it on the HDD and about 2GB on the SSD. Some programs/updates installations rely on having the Virtual Memory on the same partition as the OS, I have set 2GB on my C: and 12GB on my D: [1.5 times the 8GB RAM].
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27 Aug 2014   #5
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If you have more Virtual Memory than RAM, does the extra take up storage space? How would I change the placement of the paging file?
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27 Aug 2014   #6
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheAtomicGoose View Post
If you have more Virtual Memory than RAM, does the extra take up storage space? How would I change the placement of the paging file?
Yes, it is a file on the HDD or SSD which is why it gets mentioned when trying to save space on the drive. The setting is in Control Panel, System, System Properties and the Advanced tab, Performance section.
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27 Aug 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Unless you really want to juggle so little space because of how much faster the SSD is, then I'd correctly reinstall according to Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive
or Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT.

To try to keep it on the SSD you can trim the paging file to 2 gb and turn off Hibernate:
Virtual Memory Paging File - Change
Hibernate - Enable or Disable

Set up a new set of User folders on the HDD and link them to related Win7 Library - Include a Folder then set the HD as the default save location: Library - Set Save Folder
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28 Aug 2014   #8
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm going to try to juggle the small amount of space before I try reinstalling, because I'm very wary of screwing up my Linux install. I'm guessing I should leave drivers installed on the SSD? Could I just relocate the paging file instead of making it smaller? Also, is Hibernate the same as Sleep?
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28 Aug 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

What are you asking about leaving drivers installed on the SSD? Win7 is a driver-complete OS that gets its drivers during installation or via Windows Update. Leave the drivers alone unless you need to supply one that is missing. This is not XP where you need to manage a bunch of drivers.

If you have Linux on the hard drive then it should not be affected by Win7 on the SSD if you didn't use GRUB to Dual Boot Win7. You should be choosing which HD to boot using the BIOS Boot menu key, with the preferred set to boot first in BIOS Setup.
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28 Aug 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

With 8 GB of ram you don`t even need a page file.
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