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Windows 7: 1st Build - Major help needed

03 Jan 2014   #151

7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Chris you PMed to ask what I wanted of you. Replying to this or at least acknowledging it would be a start. Also the DM snip as has been requested a few times, describing it is of no help.

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Replying to what???? This thread is getting nice and long due to all my replying!
Win is installed on the SSd.
All 3 HDs are in DM but 1 of the HDs has a partition that doesn't want to play nice.
I was going to take TVeblen's advice but I'll cap DM first.

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03 Jan 2014   #152
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Click the word "this"?
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03 Jan 2014   #153

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03 Jan 2014   #154

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A couple of points. Greg's tutorial should answer all questions on a fresh install for Windows 7.

Only connect the SSD during install.

The Windows 7 installer will do the alignment for you, no need for the diskpart dance.

Yes, I saw the link and clicked on it. Still, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say
I followed the advice. What am I supposed to say?
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03 Jan 2014   #155

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hey Chris... what happens when you try and create a New Volume in that unallocated area in Disk Manager? (Right click inside the area)
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03 Jan 2014   #156

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properties or help.

Dskchk it? Does dskchk work on unallocated? Seagate disk utility?
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03 Jan 2014   #157


It looks correct.
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03 Jan 2014   #158

7 Ultimate 64 bit

I'm disk checking the HD.
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03 Jan 2014   #159

7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChrisPbass View Post
So I can basically nuke Disk 2. It had the OS on it and has no data that I need.
Format it using GPT?
Yes, if it contains nothing you need then that would be a good idea.

An even better idea would be to WIPE that drive. I believe GParted has that functionality. This is where you write all zeros to the entire drive. Do it overnight, as it takes about 6 hours on a 1TB drive.

Then I suggest running the hard disk manufacturer's diagnostic software on the drive.
The fact that it would not format the last partition could be due to a bad file table (and that would be fixed in the wipe), or it could be the drive is headed south. The test will give a clue to which it is.

If the SSD is formatted GPT then you are free to format the spinner GPT.
If the SSD is formatted MBR then the spinner must be MBR.
The reason is that W7 must be installed on the disk that is formatted GPT in a UEFI system with mixed format hard drives.
Does this mean that IF there is only 1 GPT disk in the system then it must be the OS disk?
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03 Jan 2014   #160


I dont' think the partition's GPT unless you know different, since there's no EFI partiiton for old Win7 so it wouldn't have booted. Check this by right clicking on the panel which says Disk 2 to check which it offers to convert to: If GPT then its already MBR.

And yes, I would wipe Disk 2 with Diskpart Clean Command from your Win7 Elevated Command Prompt. Then if you want GPT convert it using the link above.

This removes the old boot code so it can't ever interfere, and prepares the HD best for repartitioning in Disk Mgmt. Partition or Volume - Create New
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