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Windows 7: Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

25 Apr 2011   #91


See here. Only w7 put the reserve on my c and was the only hdd on my system at the time.

I just right click on the e drive- in your case right click the unallocated space.. then format then quick format..>

Man you do not have to reinstall your os follow these simple instructions you will be good to go- 2 or 3 of us have told ya how to do it- this other guy is going to cost you a lot of time and you will be right back where you are now.

Your ssd or c drive is what 75 gigs or so. It makes common sense and being you have both drives installed for w7 to put the reserve on the larger second drive. And or might be a ssd thingy. Try these simple instructions before you go reinstalling the os or you will hate your self.

I had to go through a lot of head akes trying to install my sataIII and using my marvel port and is why I only had the 1 drive installed when I installed my os. Or w7 might have put the reserve on my second drive also. Not sure tho it is not a ssd drive and my c drive is larger than yours. I just did not care to add all this extra info and maybe confuse ya more than you already are.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #92

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

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Did you try to right click on the unallocated space [not the reserve]. You should get a format option click it and just click quick format

I think windows will have that 100mbs for system stuff but is not considered as multi partitions- Sorry it was first thing that pooped into my mind before.

Its just your ssd is small and or maybe is just normal for ssd and w7 and being you have a second drive it put the reserve on the larger drive. which is good for you and free up space on the ssd.

Try and right click that unallocated space see what happens- you should be able to format it- click quick format- should take 2 minutes or so and its done and will give it letter e: or should and good to go.

None of my drives show full space as usable. it is normal for windows to reserve some for its use. If right click and it lets ya format- after done reboot your system. It for sure should be showing up and as e: then and or being if you only have those 2 drives on the system. Main drive with os is c storage will be e.
Yes I did try right clicking on the unallocated space. There was no option for format or quick format.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BarTmaN View Post
I'm not even sure what RAID is. I can go research it I guess. I want my 1TB drive for my music and videos and other stuff. My SSD is just for my OS, games, and programs.

No I have no tried creating a new simple volume. Should I try that then? I've never ran two internal hard drives before so some of this stuff is relatively new to me.

I have no idea how the System Reserved and C got onto different drives.

I could always just wipe out my SSD and reformat the OS onto it, since I don't really mind as I won't be losing anything because I barely even have anything as of now.
I think your last sentence is your best move.

Disconnect the 1 TB drive before you begin.

I'd do things in this order:

1: set your PC BIOS to boot from the DVD drive first.
2: insert your Windows installation disc in the DVD drive.
3: shut down
4: disconnect the 1 TB drive completely
5: restart. The PC should boot from the installation disc
6: Continue with Windows install as you did before.
7: When Windows is back up and running on the single drive, reconnect the 1 TB and reformat it, wiping out the 2 partitions that are now on it.

You don't need RAID. Forget about it.
Alright, I will do that tonight if I have time after class, if not I will do it tomorrow night and report back.

It only takes like 20 mins to do the OS and I have nothing important on the computer yet so it's not really a big deal.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #93


If you follow that last guys instructions and just have your ssd installed it will eat up that 100mbs and will be on your small ssd drive. You are just new to this. you have to format that 1t drive either way- you can do it right now if you follow the instructions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Apr 2011   #94

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

There is no option to format the unallocated space, so I don't know what to do.
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25 Apr 2011   #95

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

That system reserved partition contains some of your boot files.

I don't think you can boot without it. Disconnect your 1 TB drive and see if you can boot just from the C drive alone. Probably not.

I'd want to correct that, even if I could format the 1 TB drive. I've never seen an installation that had C and the system reserved on separate physical drives. I don't know how it happened in your case.
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25 Apr 2011   #96


Are you sure you did not right click the reserve? Try it again- right click on the unallocated space. If it does not work I am sorry and we are confusing each other or something. If it does not work I do not know what to say.

And to add to last guys instructions it is best you turn on ahci support in your bios before you reinstall the os. I was going to ask you about that but after you got that drive formatted and working right. If you did not turn on ahci support it is no real matter but the drives will not run at full speeds or have all sata support but you could have fixed that in w7 with a reg tweak and reboot to bios and then turn on ahci support. As a fact it is possible that is the prob. I do not see why tho. You should be able to format that drive.

Have you ever tried to reboot the system- maybe try that first reboot and them back to disc man where you are now and then try and right click the drive and see if you can format it. Something is not right? You should reboot after each new hardware install or even after each new program install etc or can cause probs. Other than that- Sorry I do not know what else to say.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #97


I bet money is because it is a ssd and is small and he had both drives connected. SSD drives are not really like normal drives and they are built for speed- it makes common sense to put the reserve on his other drive.

I do not know. I tried.. No matter what he will have to format that 1t drive and it does have the system files on it the reserve. un connect it now it ssd or os may not work and he may very well have to reformat and install w7 again. If only the ssd installed it will for sure eat up 100mbs of his small drive.

Something is not right- he needs to reboot his system or something and then try and format that 1t drive. it should be simple.

I guess he has installed all drivers and has updated windows before he tried messing with his extra drive? To think now I guess he did not set up the system for ahci support- he does not have to re install the os for that he can do that now. The ssd is working and ahci is not needed for the 1t drive or should be no probs other than not running at full speeds and not full sata support. Being a new drive might be another story. I can be wrong maybe a new just out drive may need the ahci support but w7 put the reserve on it.

Did the ssd come with software? Maybe the disc utility for his 1t drive can fix it and format it if wd you can get it from its home site. I read them ssd can be funny and some have its own software or its home site may have it. You do not defrag ssd drives as best I know also. They are not really like normal drives they are a different animal and you treat them different than normal drives.

Should be simple- not rebooting the system can cause crazy probs and like this..

I hope you get it right- And please post how you fix it. I plan to get a ssd drive maybe I can learn something here.

Maybe before you go and mess up more you should post at the ssd home site forum or put in a support ticket. Or you might waste time and reinstall the os and be right back where you are now- and will fell bad about it and it still not working right. I would have did that first and if after a lil time and no help and still not working.

I wish ya the best- see ya..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #98

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

When I right click the system reserve there is a format option, but not when I right click the unallocated space. I've tried rebooting and nothing different.

I guess I will just resintall the OS without my 1TB drive connected. Then reconnect it and try to format it.

And the extra 100MB for system reserve won't bother me if it is on my SSD. You guys said it is supposed to be on the C drive, and I want everything to be correct and how it is supposed to be.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #99


ok try 1 other thing. look to the far left side where you see the drive number count disc1 left of the reserved space and try and right click there and see if it let you see format- not the reserve or the unallocated spaces.

it is showing as disc0 in the box above it. Maybe we have been telling ya to right click wrong place- something is not right? I can right click on mine near any place it gives me the option.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2011   #100


Well than that is it man it will hold the reserve part or should. I know you should be able to right click it some place and get the option to format it- click format then quick format should be 2 minutes or so and then reboot it should all be good.

When the format pops up double check tho make sure it ask you and the volume you are trying to format is the 9**** gigs and not 100mbs it should ask do you want to reformat quick for mat volume size 99999 gigs what ever it is- do not format just the 100mbs or it will wipe the system files. it will prompt ask etc. or should.

Not sure I do not do this every day. I guess you have made a restore point- if not I am sure windows has made one sometime. Even if it formats the whole drive and reboot windows will more than likely fix its self or say it can not start right and say it will search for answer and fix its self and should work- I guess so any way.
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