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Windows 7: Free Up Disk Space After nothing worked

08 Aug 2015   #21
ignatzatsonic

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Looks like a 32 GB Samsung mSATA in the slots and a standard WD 500?


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08 Aug 2015   #22
Maniac13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Looks like a 32 GB Samsung mSATA in the slots and a standard WD 500?
Yes apparently ..
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08 Aug 2015   #23
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Hmm, yeah Macrium dynamic disk support is with Pro version also
What about free versions of Aomei or EaseUS or Paragon or Acronis. Problem is, I don't have any experience with them.

The mSATA isn't much use at all in this system.

Got to get the C from it onto the WD somehow, presumably by imaging.

But I guess get rid of Dynamic before trying to image anything?

Not sure if PW is OK with mSATA?
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08 Aug 2015   #24
Maniac13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Hmm, yeah Macrium dynamic disk support is with Pro version also
What about free versions of Aomei or EaseUS or Paragon or Acronis. Problem is, I don't have any experience with them.

The mSATA isn't much use at all in this system.

Got to get the C from it onto the WD somehow, presumably by imaging.

But I guess get rid of Dynamic before trying to image anything?

Not sure if PW is OK with mSATA?

I got AOMEI partition assitant already installed .. I guess I tried to do this last year ...
And I think I didn't proceed because there were two disks, and it wasn't possible somehow or I hadn't an idea how to do it ...


I got rid of dynamic on the D - can you check the disk manager screenshot and see if everything is okay before proceeding with the C ? that failed in the picture I don't understand it ...
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08 Aug 2015   #25
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Indeed, and according to Samsung the SSD should have been used as a cache not as Windows installation.

Maniac, don't attempt any of this yet please (brainstorming) - post a screenshot of Disk Management after a restart please

Well, this is interesting, what you think of (since WD is basic now): Hopefully the failed dynamic drive entries in Disk Management will vanish after a restart. There is a risk of losing data/system.
- Free space on D as much as you can, make a large enough unallocated space between System Reserved and D (by resizing D with PW free).
- Convert C to basic too, and clone it to the unallocated space with Macrium.
- Use EasyBCD to point to the new Windows partition. or perhaps remove the SSD and run startup repair 3 times (if possible)

Aomei Backupper free seems to support dynamic disks (Backup Dynamic System Volume on Dynamic Disk With Free Softw)
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08 Aug 2015   #26
ignatzatsonic

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I would certainly back up any data on disk 0 before proceeding further.

Yeah, you should be able to make a partition of say 60 or 100 on the WD by taking space from D, using PW or probably Aomei.

Do the dynamic to basic conversion tools have any problems with mSATA?

Don't know about "cloning" the mSATA C to the WD. Would that overwrite all partitions on the WD? Maybe transfer C to the WD by imaging rather than cloning?

You could certainly copy the boot files from System Reserved to C after other operations are finished, using EasyBCD. Can we assume the existing System Reserved was not damaged by the dynamic to basic conversion on the WD?

Maybe copy the boot files from System Reserved to C right away, before attempting the clone or image to the WD, to confirm that the Samsung would boot on its own?

I'm just brainstorming myself. This is uncharted territory for me, which is why I say to backup whatever is critical to you on the WD.
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08 Aug 2015   #27
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Macrium can clone single partitions. But safe than sorry, right?
System Reserved can stay where it is, I was thinking of adding a new entry for the new partition. And later delete the original one if new entry works.
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09 Aug 2015   #28
Maniac13

win 7
 
 

Ok,

I restarted couple times, the failed message on the disk management still exists (even if the disks work perfectly for me and I can access data etc).

I did scan disk for both C and D ..
restarted, the message still exists - so same screenshot for the disk management ..

Should I proceed anyway with the Dynamic to Basic for the C drive ?

Thanks
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09 Aug 2015   #29
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Maniac, lets start by:

- Delete all unnecessary files on D and S
- Backup the remaining to your external
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09 Aug 2015   #30
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What a mess.

If I had to fix that computer I would backup any wanted data to a external storage and do a clean install with only 1 drive hook to sata zero (0).
Then do a Clean Install using Brinks tutorial.

Clean Install Windows 7



Now stay the hell away from dynamic disk. If later it's needed we can do that much later.

You always want your Reserve and "C" partition on the same drive.
The Reserve partition should not have a partition letter.

You will end up with a simple, clean install of Windows 7 like this one looks. You will not need any 3rd part programs to do this.

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