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Windows 7: New ssd drive showing unallocated space

22 Sep 2014   #11
gregrocker

 

Reboot into BIOS setup to see what the SATA controller setting is. If its IRST then it still is RAIDed and won't function correctly. It will need to be reinstalled in ACHI mode per a normal Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 unless someone with more IRST knowledge knows better.

IRST merges the tiny SSD chip with the larger HD to make them effectively the same drive (RAID), while directing the paging file and boot files to the SSD to supposedly speed up the drive. Everyone who visits us (several a week) tells us that this does not mean any noticeable speed increase. We've even helped some reinstall the OS to the 32gb chip to enjoy the true speed of an SSD. They mostly end up buying an SSD.


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22 Sep 2014   #12
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Hi and thank you. I'll go into bios tomorrow and check it out. I can't do a clean install - it's a Zoostorm Fizzbook spin which comes with all kinds of software that isn't available except from your system image and the drivers aren't available - support is virtually non-existant. The software runs the touch screen, pen input and screen rotation. I do have manufacturer recovery discs though, which have the original Windows 7 Starter and all the software and drivers on. I did an online upgrade to Windows 7 home premium because Starter was so glitchy with all the added software. It was running great until the ssd drive failed!
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22 Sep 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

It sounds like you did well in spite of the MSATA and/or IRST hurdle. How is performance now?

Let us see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image in addition to reporting back the BIOS SATA Controller setting.

Did you look for a Manual on the model's Support Downloads webpage?
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22 Sep 2014   #14
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Will do. Worst bit was working out how to get the hard drive out - the computer has a rugged casing and seemed totally sealed! Googled and googled - seems like no-one has ever changed a hard drive in one of these - Instruction manual is online and says next to nothing - certainly nothing practical. I was about to give up and chuck the computer in the bin - but there is nothing else really that fits the bill for that age group - a tablet isn't a computer and we wanted our little boy to learn how to use a computer and how to type as well as play games - plus it has good educational software and is supposed to be drop proof and water 'resistant'. So water resistant there are no panels for the hard drive. So I started by taking all the screws out of the back (I have taken netbooks apart before but not this particular one. Took out every screw I could find - but still couldn't get the case open. So put it all back together again. Tried one last search with Zoostorm in instead of Fizzbook Spin and found an overseas article from someone who had changed a drive in a similar machine - take the keyboard off, it said. So I did - now why didn't the manual tell you that to access the hard drive and the memory you had to take the keyboard off! So it was easy after that. Will post from it tomorrow so I can do the screenshots. Actually I wish they still made them - I'd quite like one myself. The only other online info I found about them was from a site called Edugeek - the netbooks were bought in bulk by schools and came with classroom management software (which I removed). It's basically a netbook that turns into a tablet so has programs on that I don't understand.
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22 Sep 2014   #15
gregrocker

 

Nice work!

Did you try the Recov disks? Same size SSD?

Be sure to preserve the image. And record the Prod key from COA sticker, put it with Premium key.
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22 Sep 2014   #16
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Bios set up:

Under 'Intel Power Saving Features' - iFFS Support disabled. C-States Enabled

Under 'Quick Boot' - Quick Boot disabled. Bios Level USB Enabled. UEFI Boot Disabled. Legacy Boot enabled. PXE Boot Support enabled.

Under 'IDE Configuration' - SATA Device enabled. SATA Controller Mode AHCI. Device 0 (Port 0) Samsung SSD 84 - 250G. Device 1 (Port 1) Not Installed.

Card Reader Boot Support enabled.
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22 Sep 2014   #17
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Instead of using Windows to make system image, it has an Intel System Recovery Tool which enables you to make a bootable usb drive, then saves an image onto it. I did this after it was set up how we wanted originally, and used this bootable usb to put the image onto the new drive. I maybe should have used the recovery discs, but it was such a pain to set up in the first place, had to remove so much software and set up hand-writing recognition and install loads of programs and do all the Windows updates, plus I'd have had to re-do the Home Premium download - so tried the image back up straight onto the new ssd drive and amazingly it worked. Except then found it was only showing 30GB instead of 250GB, but sorted that earlier by expanding C Drive. What came out was one of those ssd drives that looks like a large memory stick. But this was set inside a large space for a 2.5" drive with the same connectors for both, so put in a 2.5" SATA ssd - the Samsung one mentioned above in bios. I had actually forked out for this to upgrade my laptop but thought this machine needed the ssd more. So replaced 30GB with 250GB. These machines came in two versions - one with a 30GB SSD and one with a 320GB hard drive, so I guess that is why there was space for a full sized hard drive. Only thing is - it's a bit heavier now! And keyboard has some flex at the corners after being removed. We can live with that.
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22 Sep 2014   #18
gregrocker

 

Good you avoided UEFI crap because it apparently was Legscy from factory.

SATA is already optimal AHCI setting. No IRST choice to confirm the net book even has it?

What made you think it had only a 30gb drive? It likely had to be MSATA to be that small and unlikely the OS with all those programs would fit. What is the image size?

I have never seen a 30 gb SSD that wasn't MSATA raided with IRST. But maybe its a first.
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22 Sep 2014   #19
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Good point about putting the keys together - will do. Here's the disk management screenshot.


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22 Sep 2014   #20
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

It was a 32GB. Had about 8GB free. The image I made yesterday was about 18GB I seem to remember, but had removed old Windows updates before doing the image. I thought it would have used up most of the 32GB too. Apart from Windows and all the Intel software it just had Firefox, Adobe Reader and Flash, Angry birds and two Nessy learning programs on. Maybe the image had some compression or something.
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