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Windows 7: Loading Win7 on two separate HDD drives, same computer.

06 Dec 2010   #31
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Greeting 1Bowtie,

Actually I do have another question, and thanx for the tip regarding unplugging the other drives.

Do I need to do a scandisc, Fdisk or any other check prior to the repair install? Also, if one of the other drives are creating havoc what can I do to repair/fix/correct that drive. The reason for this question is (going way back in the thread) when I reinstalled Win7 I formated my original "C" drive prior to reinstalling. Then when I actually did the install Windows would not allow me to install on that drive. I don't remember what the pop up said. I chose another HD and off it went. Would you have any idea as to what could prevent me from installing on the same drive? Also now that I'm on that subject when I did the reinstall on the current drive and 7 did it's up dates the upload to my computer and the download onto my computer went as planned, however during the auto restart the process hung up - all that was going on was that little "O" kept spinning. Not wanting to interrupt the process I let it go and went to sleep. When I go up and checked (4hrs later) it was still spinning. I hit the start button until the computer shut down and rebooted. Windows then finisshed what it was doing and completed the install. Now, I do have a brandyspankinnew 1tb drive that I was going to use to fill in the last docking bay and SATA connection on the MoBo. Should I just install that one and disconnect the other drives which would eliminate any possible problem created by the other drives?
If that's a good theory I'll still need to know what to do with the remaining drives and how to check them for problems.

Thanx,
Glidercj


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06 Dec 2010   #32
gregrocker

 

At reinstall I always wipe the HD after testing it using maker's diag/repair full CD scan Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. and then Disk Check from the DVD Command Line.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

I think your plan to clean install to the new HD is best. Here are some tips to get a perfect install: re-install windows 7
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06 Dec 2010   #33
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Greg,
I didn't use Revo nor do I know what it is. I just used the add/remove programs function of windows.
Also I'm not that versed in reading those logs. If I'm told what to look fro I usually can get through it.

Glidercj
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06 Dec 2010   #34
gregrocker

 

Revo in Advanced mode will find all the leftover registry keys and files after uninstall.

Studying the Admin and Performance logs to google repeat errors text and ID# is how we learn to troubleshoot.

Your best approach now is to plug only your new HD, boot Win7 DVD, use Custom> Drive Options to partition it as you like, then format and install to first partition after the 100mb assigned by installer.

Follow my tips on getting a perfect install: re-install windows 7
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06 Dec 2010   #35
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Greg,

Will do! It would appear that 7 is a lot different than XP regarding the install and set up. As soon as I get this back up running I will make the image back up. Also I want to learn more on the troubleshooting side using Google.
So Revo is part of Win 7?

Glidercj
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06 Dec 2010   #36
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I agree with Greg, clean install to the new drive, after it's up and running do your updates, critical first then look at the optional. There are probably going to be 40 to 60 updates so don't be surprised, also along those lines you may want to do 10 at a time. After all is well then put in one of the other drives, useing disk mgmt format, assign drive letter so its not unallocated space, then do the next drive the same way, you will then have a clean system to work with
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06 Dec 2010   #37
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Last time it automatically did the updates a pile of them at one time. So I should to not let it install the updates until after the OS installation, then go to windows update manually and choose the ones to install? Should I reboot after installing the 10 updates, then install another and reboot etc, etc???
As for the existing drives I have files on them, only the new one is empty.
Should I (if I can move these to my external drive and then) use Greg's procedure; "At reinstall I always wipe the HD after testing it using maker's diag/repair full CD scan Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. and then Disk Check from the DVD Command Line.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

I think your plan to clean install to the new HD is best. Here are some tips to get a perfect install: re-install windows 7 "
Won't the system assign drive letters when I reboot with the reinstalled drives? Also when I reinstall the HD that has the old OS on it will that affect anything/ Just test and wipe?

I would imagine when Greg says wipe after testing it he means format?

Glidercj
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06 Dec 2010   #38
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Now would be a good time to get the file you need and move them to an external is fine. The main thing is you want to put clean files back on the new drive. I have Windows Update dl the updates but not install them, that way you can look at them and only install the one's you want, Critical you need, optional you may or maynot want all of them, i usually put them in after seeing what they are. Yes the system will assign C: but you may want a partition D:, your second drive E: etc, after your hdd's then you assign your dvd drive a letter etc. Hope all this helps, now get to work (just kidding)
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06 Dec 2010   #39
gregrocker

 

The tutorial SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation shows you how to wipe your HD. Formatting doesn't remove anything or even overwrite bad, infected or corrupt code which is still there on the HD. To Wipe HD use Diskpart "Clean All" command to overwrite everything with zeroes. It is the cleanest install you can get.

I was referring to your old HD when I suggested testing it with HD maker's diag/repair CD scan, followed by Disk Check. You wouldn't need to do that on a new HD unless there were symptoms.

On Windows Updates, I have had no problems selecting all of the Recommended and Optional Updates as a batch to install, however you can install them in smaller groups if you have been having problems with your particular machine's reaction to Updates before. I always go first to the Optional Updates to see what drivers are updated from the ones in the installer since it is more than a year old now. Those drivers are important.

If you have any other confusion on getting a perfect install, ask back.
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06 Dec 2010   #40
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It's time to hit the bricks! I will follow your recommendations to the "T", so much to do and so little time,

Thanx again

Glidercj
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