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Windows 7: Problem installing win7 on a ssd and hdd.

01 Dec 2012   #1

windows 7
 
 
Problem installing win7 on a ssd and hdd.

So i just bought my pc, put it together and installed windows 7 on the 240gb ssd.
Everything is ok i installed all drives, programs, run games, it's awesome.
The problem is that the 1T hdd doesn't show up on my computer but does on bios and in this utility:



I want to have windows and apps on the sdd and everything else (photos, videos, music) on the hdd.

Shouldn't that system reserved be on the sdd? If i unplug the hdd will the pc still work with only the sdd without problems?

Do i format only the unallocated space or do i format all the hdd?

What should i do?

btw: How can i have my libraries on the hdd and still be recognized by the system etc?

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01 Dec 2012   #2

Win7-64
 
 

Your Disk 0 is not allocated and does not have a drive letter. Therefore Windows can't see it. you need to allocate the large partition; when you do this it should get a drive letter and then you can use it for whatever you want.

I haven't done this in a very long time but I think you can do it just by right-clicking on the unallocated partition and then select Mark Partition as Active. You might have to Format it first.
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01 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

The 1 tb HDD is listed as disk 0. The reason it doesn't sure up is that the System Reserved partition doesn't have a drive letter and the remainder of the space is shown as "unallocated", so if you go into disk management and create a partition using that unallocated space the drive with show up.
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01 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbinnard View Post
Your Disk 0 is not allocated and does not have a drive letter. Therefore Windows can't see it. you need to allocate the large partition; when you do this it should get a drive letter and then you can use it for whatever you want.

I haven't done this in a very long time but I think you can do it just by right-clicking on the unallocated partition and then select Mark Partition as Active. You might have to Format it first.
The System Reserved" partition is marked as active, so the new partition doesn't need to be.
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02 Dec 2012   #5

windows 7
 
 

thank you guys, i already have those 931GB of the hdd as F: on my computer. =)

i'm debating if i can/should delete the "system reserved" partition on the hdd. It's just anoying that it's not on my ssd were the os is. and i wonder if anything goes wrong with the hdd if system will still boot.
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02 Dec 2012   #6

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

No dont delete it this will cause your OS to not load

It can be moved/removed there is a guide for this in the tutorial section somewhere that i cant seem to find at the moment
This is why its sometimes good to unplug other HDDs while installing OS
Dont worry though it is fixable without reinstall, im sure someone else will be able to elaborate more than me or i will find the tut for you later when i got time and dont forget google is your friend
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02 Dec 2012   #7

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
No dont delete it this will cause your OS to not load

It can be moved/removed there is a guide for this in the tutorial section somewhere that i cant seem to find at the moment
so i can't delete it but i can remove it? how's that different?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
This is why its sometimes good to unplug other HDDs while installing OS
always learning...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
Dont worry though it is fixable without reinstall, im sure someone else will be able to elaborate more than me or i will find the tut for you later when i got time and dont forget google is your friend
already found tons of tutorials that explain how to format the partition with either Windows 7 installation cd or a 3rd party disk management software. and then some that explain how to allocate and expand or format the hdd.

my question is, can i do it?
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02 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

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Take a look at this tutorial. It will show you how to make your SSD bootable, without the need for the system reserved partition. Be advised that if you use Bitlocker, you will need to recreate the system reserved partition on the SSD. After you are sure that Windows will boot from your SSD, then you can make the system reserved partition inactive and delete it. When you are working at making your SSD bootable, I would advise unhooking the HDD from the system. That makes it easier to work on as it is the only drive hooked up to the system.
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02 Dec 2012   #9

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Like LittleJay said if you unplug HDD then sort problem it will still be there to plug back in if needed, create a system backup including sys reserved partition and OS and if all goes south you can still get back to where you were
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02 Dec 2012   #10

windows 7
 
 

Thank you very much to all of you especially LittleJay, top-notch help there.



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