02-06-2012 01:14 PM
I've successfully backed up my C: drive and system partition from my original HDD and restored to an SSD. It all works fine.
I just have a couple of anomalies that maybe someone here knows about. Possibly it's the same problem for both:
1) When I reconnect the old C: drive, the system partition is still there (the 100MB system partition), but I'm unable to delete it. When I use Win7's Disk Management tool, it doesn't give me an option to delete the partition. However, when I right click on the new 100MB system partition, I get the option to delete it.
2) When I look at the properties for the old 100MB partition, it shows "System, Active, Primary Partition", but the new 100MB system partition shows "Active, Primarity Partition".
I suspect this difference in status is why I can delete the actual partition I'm using, and why I can't delete the one I'm not using. But I don't see how to make the change. Anyone know what's up with this?
PS: The SSD rocks. It's totally worth the cost and effort to get it going.
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02-06-2012 01:59 PM
Now that the old C: drive is removed, the system partition attributes now includes "System". "System" was not included when the old C: drive was connected.
Interesting, the op sys seems to think that the old system partition is still the correct system partition, and won't let me delete it. Whereas this new system partition is deleteable when I boot up with both of them connected.
Anyway, attached is the screen shot of disk management.
02-06-2012 02:31 PM
Thanks. We can't see your screenshot yet although you can. Your description indicates your computer boots from the old HD and not the SSD when both drives are connected.
You can delete the old SRP from the Ghost SRD or the Win7 DVD using Diskpart. Want any help?
02-06-2012 03:01 PM
Actually, it all boots up fine, with or without the old C drive. But I can't delete the old system partition. It probably has to do with copying the signature.
In CMOS, the new drive is listed first. I plugged it into SATA1, where the old C drive used to be; and the old C drive is plugged into SATA4 now.
All I'm trying to accomplish is to delete the old system partition. It seems to cause some confusion when they are both connected at the same time. Is there a way to change the partitioning from the Win7 rescue disk? Or perhaps from the Norton Utils, Internet Security, or Ghost? I have all of them.
If I can get that old sys partition deleted, I think everything will be golden.
02-06-2012 05:37 PM
Both HD installed. Boot from your Win7 DVD. At the Install Windows screen press SHIFT F10 to get a Command Prompt.
Type these lines and press Enter
(determine which is your old HD. Let's say it is Disk 1)
select disk 1
(determine which is the SRP. Let's say it is Partition 1)
select part 1
(you should see a confirming message)
(to confirm the SRP has gone)
Now click the X on the Install Windows screen.
The SSD Win7 should boot now.
02-07-2012 09:23 AM
Thanks for your help so far. I'm almost there. It boots to the new drive, but only if I select the boot menu during the bios startup. If left to boot on its own it just gives me a flashing underscore cursor in the upper left of the screen, and all else is black. But if I reboot, and select the boot menu, I can select the new SSD drive, and it will boot just fine.
I've deleted all the partitions on the old c drive now, and reformated it. The system will never find the old system partition. But for some reason, unless its specifically told to boot from that drive, it doesn't see the new system partition. In fact, I'm not sure it sees it now. But it does boot to the new OS.
Any idea what's going on?
02-07-2012 12:14 PM
Boot information all seems normal.
I've never flashed the drive with an updated firmware. I wonder if that's what's going on.
It works great, as long as I select it from the boot menu. I'm just wondering if the OS is seeing the system drive at all.