05-03-2012 05:49 AM
I want to somehow bring my files that I had on the old "D:" to the new SSD. I don't mind if they're all on an expanded C: or if I can make a new volume out of the remaining space. Might as well do one drive, since there's only 240gb total.
05-03-2012 12:27 PM
The second partition on the new drive has not been formatted or have a letter assigned.
If you say the only option you get when you right click on the partition is to delete it, thats very odd and I guess you have no choice.
Go ahead and delete it and it should become unallocated space.
Then it's your choice on what you want to do.
Right click on the C drive in the bottom section and use the option to expand it to the full size of the drive.
(You'll end up with a single partition on the drive)
Right click in the unallocated space and create a new simple volume. Make it a primary with NTFS and give it a drive letter.
(You'll end up with 2 partitions on the drive).
Then we can deal with the old drive.
What kind of drive is it, SATA or IDE?
Do you have it installed in the external case correctly with the right jumper settings if it is IDE?
05-03-2012 02:12 PM
I deleted volume and extended C: to the full 223GB of the 240GB SSD.
Here's a screenshot of Disk Management now with the old HDD plugged in via a SATA/external USB enclosure. It shows as Disk 1, but isn't given a letter, etc. I need that to copy my files over, I think.
How can I get Disk 1 (the old HDD) to cooperate? thanks.
05-03-2012 05:09 PM - edited 05-03-2012 05:10 PM
Right click on the partition with the green outline and give it a drive letter.
Edit- hold on a second.
I didn't notice the drive is offline because of a conflicting disk signature
05-03-2012 05:35 PM
OK, I was trying to think if it was safer to try to bring it online or to manually change the signature.
I think manually chaging it would be better because you will have the option of changing it back should you need to boot to the old drive easily.
Click the start button and in the search bar type: cmd
When cmd.exe gets displayed on the top of the window, right click on it and select "run as administrator".
In the command box type the following pressing <enter> after each line:
select disk 1
(please write down and save that value)
uniqueid disk ID=44617665
Use the safely remove hardware thingie, unplug the drive and then plug it back in.
Go into disk management, the drive should now show as "online" in the box on the very left (the box that says "Disk 1")
If a drive letter is present you should be able to see it in "computer" now. If a drive letter is not present, right click on the green partition and assign it one.
05-03-2012 07:16 PM
Awesome I did that (the original value was 76692CA8). Changing it to the 446 number you gave changed it to online and with drive letters. What's the significance of that number?
Copying files over now! I think *fingers crossed* I am done with this process! Thanks for your help guys
05-03-2012 10:18 PM
A system can't have 2 drives with the same disk signature, windows will end up taking one offline so they don't conflict or collide.
Since you cloned your old drive to the new one, the disk signatures ended up the same so one of them had to be changed for both drives to work again on the same system.
The signature just had to be different than the other drive, any value would have worked as long as it was different.
I always use 44617665 because thats "Dave" converted into Hex.
Sorry but your user name was one letter too long.
But Brian gets the credit for this topic, all I did was help you get your old drive online.
I also agree with him that your now a little tight on space and you should do some spring cleaning.
Ideally you should always have no less than 20% free space on the drive and you really should have a lot more.
Maybe when you get everything squared away and your sure you don't need to boot back into your old drive, you can reformat it into one partition and use it for external storage so you can free up some more space.
05-03-2012 11:18 PM
Yeah, I have two external HDDs tthat I make copies too.. I'll offload some media files to them in order to free up the SSD space.
I havent felt an amazing boost in the SSD speed; is there a benchmarking tool you recommend? thanks.