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Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive

Q: Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive

Greetings I have posted repeatedly over in the BSOD area on an issue I am having That s not why I am here I am thinking on going from a cached drive that I have now to a cached and a platter to drive SSD Changing a drive from an separate SSD and a platter drive Let me explain I currently have a gig SSD and Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive a Terrabyte Corsair HDD I Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive use the gig as a cache drive using Intels SRT I have no proof but I am leaning towards my little ssd as the cause of why I am having issues With that said bear with with me I wanted to get a new SSD and install Windows on it and or of my games on it and use the Terrabyte obviously for storage and non essential programs I currently have Win Pro on my Terrabyte drive Can I pull both drives out After decelerating it of course And put in a new Corsair Force SSD say gigs install windows my games and than reconnect the HDD which has windows on it All that text just for a simple question Also can I remove the Windows Folder or uninstall Windows on the Terrabyte drive or should I just leave it Thanks much nbsp

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Preferred Solution: Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive

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A: Changing from a cached drive to an SSD and a platter drive

Best way - pull the data from the drives, then format them. Put data back on.

But, yeah, your suggestion should work too. Just watch out for the duplicate MBR entries upon boot.
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A:Hard drive platter swap

It's not a big job, but if the info on it is that important, grab an obsolete HDD and rip it apart to get the just of it. The key thing is you need to be extremely careful, that's why it's an expensive job, for the liability. Personally that's what I would do (and what I have done) if I didn't know how it worked.
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P.S., I already know this is a risky at best proceedure. I just have to know if this last thing, swapping the platter, will work.

A:Trouble removing 2.5 inch Hard drive platter

I doubt that even if you get the platter removed that the drive is going to work, but good luck anyway.

On the center platter screw the drive manufacturer most like used a compound such as Lock-Tite on the screw. The only thing I could tell you to try is to take a heat gun and heat the screw to see if heat will loosen the locking compound.
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A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such.
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A:Satellite P70-A01D: changing drive letters after upgrade of 2nd SSD drive


I think you could try to change the drives letter as suggested in the Microsoft article.
In case this will not be possible, try to use a 3rd party software for example like GParted.

You could boot up the unit using the live USB version and could try to change the drive letters.
But it could be possible that your system would not boot up properly after such change.

Therefore you should not forget to mark the partition as bootable.

Feedback would be appreciated
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I have Windows XP installed as the master drive (hda) and Mandriva 10.2 Linux on the slave drive (hdb). I want to physically remove the WinXP hard drive from my computer and make Linux the only drive. I boot up the computer using LILO, which is installed on hda. So how do I do all of this without messing up the bootloader settings?

A:Changing Linux on Slave Drive to Master Drive

First, save the existing /etc/lilo.conf; cp /etc/lilo.conf /etc/lilo.0901705.conf

Second, read manpage re mkbootdisk. you may need this to recover the as-is configuration

Third, I found it a lot safer to work out my LILO configuration using a floppy boot disk rather than my hard disk. To do this, you must replace the boot=/dev/hda with boot=/dev/fd0 in the lilo.conf file. That way, if I messed up any of the configuration in my lilo.conf file, I could take out the boot disk and boot into Linux as before. Once I was happy everything booted fine using the floppy disk, I then changed my lilo.conf back to use boot=/dev/hda and ran /sbin/lilo a final time to upload my changes.

man 8 lilo explains the program options
man 5 lilo.conf explains each line in the conf file

before you make changes, issue the following as documentation
later, this command will show /dev/hda? on / type ext2 (r/w)
when you're successful

Your existing LILO config should be at /etc/lilo.conf and will contain
items like:
boot = /dev/hdb? (first HD, some partition number suffix)
... bunch of stuff best left alone
image = ... whatever it says
.label = ... your lilo prompt at boot time
.root = ... /dev/hdb? (note it matches line 1)
other = /dev/hda1 (first HD, 1 partition)
.label = WinXP (the lilo prompt for XP)
.table = /dev/hda

delete the lines from OTHER to the bottom,
change hdb? to hda? (ie the same partition number, just different drive)
save the modification to disk

create the LILO floppy: try the -t option to see what it would do before doing it,
and use boot= /dev/fd0 until you're pleased with the result.

power down and move the 2hd to the end of the cable (cable select)
and set as master if needed. the first hd can be used later via /etc/fstab

insert the floppy and boot from it (you may need to change BIOS)

if all is well, you will see your full system running and the command mount
will verify the results.
Now you can change the boot= /dev/fd0 back to boot= /dev/hda?
and do the update for real.

booting from the HD should be safe and give you what you want.

ISSUE: /etc/fstab lines containing HDxy will need adjusting
If you have several MOUNTABLE devices, this table may interfer with your
Until booting the HD works, rename this file with the 'mv' command.

Moving the cable connector will swap hda and hdb notations.
When you recable the original HD, you have two options:
use the space as DOS FAT or reformat as Linux ext{2,3}
If you reformat the original, then all hda entries can be deleted.
Any hdb entries in the saved fstab file need to become hda

Modifications to /etc/fstab can be utilized immediately via
login as root or the su command

The new hdb will need a mount-point, so cd /
mkdir /originalHD
and then you can mount eg 'mount /dev/hdb /originalHD'
Another typical location for mounts is /var/mnt/xxx
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A:Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive

I'm not sure what you mean by that - are you saying there's a copy of your system on the storage drive?

Everything in your screenshot looks perfect and absolutely the way it should be. There's no problem.
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A:Changing hard drive to solid state drive

I took a quick look at the specs and don't see why you couldn't. That laptop is maybe 3 or 4 years old?

What you would have to decide is if you want to attempt to transfer Windows from the current hard drive to the SSD or instead do a clean install on the SSD. Cloning/imaging can work and save time, but many would tell you to just do a clean install instead.

Good SSD brands: Intel, Crucial M4 series, Samsung 830 series.

I assume this Toshiba has only a single drive bay?

Do you have an external hard drive?
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A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here: I can't guarantee it will work.
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A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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But we also force users to change passwords on a set period of time. But to change the passwords their password will require physical connection to the network, which they do not have.

Is there any way for a user who does not have immediate access to the network to change the cached logon credentials on the laptop to match with with changes made to their account by admin staff?

Any help much appreciated.

A:Changing cached logon credentials

We ran into that same issue where I worked, so I am interested to see if someone here has an answer to your question. Our main issue though was how long the cached account would last on the PC (would it expire after say, 120 days, or would it be useable forever?) if it was never to be physically connected to the network.

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A:Changing Master Drive To Slave Drive

There is a reason why your old drive was running slow. Did you ever figure out why, or what was wrong with it? Perhaps the drive itself is going bad.Go to the manufacturer's website and download their disk utility to check the hard drive out: Fujitsu "FJDT" DOWNLOAD Works with fujitsu models only.
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Maxtor "Powermax" DOWNLOAD Works with all manufacturers.
Samsung "hutil" DOWNLOAD Compatability unknown.
Seagate "Seatools" DOWNLOAD Works with Seagate drives only.
Toshiba - N/A There are no tools available for Toshiba, but you may be able to use IBM or Maxtor's.
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i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

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A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

First thing you're going to do is fill in the specs of the desktop whose snips you are showing us.

Then you're going to do the same with the second pc opening a second post with snips. Give it a different title like "Second pc with drive letters the same". Don't forget the snips.

You should not have dynamic disks in either machine. What did you do to accomplish this?

There exists a bevy of spectacular experts on this site that will be happy to help you. But give us ALL the info please.
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A:Changing E Drive from DVD-RW to CD-RW

what are you trying to do with the cd? Ive never had to format one!
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Thanks for any help,

A:Changing C: drive

Clone the old to the new. You'll have the best luck if you connect the new drive, use one of the bootable cloners below, and then switch the drives without ever booting into Windows. Windows may assign drive letters and so on so avoid using it until the cloned drive is in place. The drive manufacturer has cloning software on their site. They have every reason to support people changing to new drives .

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
Drive Image XML
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

Commercial Apps:

O&O DiskImage
Acronis True Image Home
EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
Drive Snapshot
Keriver Image
Avanquest Copy Commander
Paragon Drive Backup
R-Drive Image
Norton Ghost
HDClone Pro or Enterprise
Terabyte Image for Windows
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A:Changing C: drive

Post a snip of your Disk Management window...
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A:changing the drive name to C
If you don't use the floppy then go into the Bios and disable it.
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A:Changing drive letters.

Each operating system will see the drive partition on which it resides as C: by default. I don't believe you can change this.

If you were able to change it, then yeah, everything would go phut!
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A:Changing drive letter

If you have a floppy drive, I don't believe you can assign anything to A:.

If you don't have a floppy drive, then you should be able to assign it in Disk Management.
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A:Changing drive letters for cd-rom

and I'm probably just going rambling on.Click to expand...

See what I mean!
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[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?

A:Changing from hard drive to SSD what do I do about my OS

Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3

I assume I need to create an image of my current drive and do something along these lines:
[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?

It's not likely you will have to re-register. A new hard drive isn't "a new PC".

Your first decision point is "do I do a clean install or do I try to transfer/restore my existing system".

The former is less likely to be problematic, but it's up to you to decide if you want to do the latter. The latter usually works, but occasionally requires troubleshooting and problems.

I'm assuming for the following comments that you don't want to do a clean install.

You must then decide if you want to use cloning or imaging. They are different. Your list above assumes imaging is to be used.

For imaging, your steps would generally be:

1: Choose an application to do it; Macrium Reflect Free Edition is a common choice.
2: Install Macrium and make an image file of your current C partition and also of your system reserved partition, if you have one. You probably do.
3: Save those image files on some other drive, most commonly an external.
4: make a "rescue disk" within Macrium, preferably using the "WinPE" method.
5: confirm that this disc will boot your PC and that you can locate your drives and partitions.
6: Disconnect the original hard drive. Connect the SSD.
7: Boot from the rescue disk and "restore" the previously saved image files to the SSD.
8: Confirm that the SSD is bootable.
9: Reconnect your old hard drive and do what you want with it. It will no longer be C.

The image files you make aren't "copied" anywhere. They need to be "restored" to make your new drive bootable.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management would help.
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A:Changing Boot Drive....

Originally Posted by nuwan

My Laptop has 2 drives. The C and the Recovery Partitoin which is E or sumthin. I partitoined the C and made the partition G. And like a Jackass I changed the label of G and C, not the letter, only the label. (instead of Windows C:/ i changed it to "EXAMPLE" C:/)
It worked fine till i restarted my computer..
It says bootmgr is missing. So i ran Recovery and I was backing everything up wen I found the problem. The C drive which had all my system files is no longer C, It shows as D. So there is no C, only D and the empty Partition G.
I thought I cud choose to boot from D but I went to boot menu and all i can select is Hard Disk or CD Rom. Wen I select hard disk it boots from the recovery partition and opens HP Recovery.
How can I select which DRIVE to Boot from??


Hello nuwan;

Can you help clear up some things for me? You said your laptop has two drives? Do you mean two hard drives or two partitions on one hard drive?

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Hello Leondz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if changing the drive letters using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be able to have them stick for you.

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Change, add, or remove a drive letter - Microsoft Windows Help
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You are backed up anyway, right?
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Post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management so all info is displayed using these instructions:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I am assuming this is USB disk. Download the free Partition Wizard for home and use the MBR to GPT conversion wizard.
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Howdy sifter

I have Home but have a look here...

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A:Changing the system drive.

Quote: Originally Posted by lewis

Please view the attachment.

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Is there an F: drive currently in My Computer? (hint: it might be a USB removable one)
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So yeah, how do i go about changing the drive letter of 7 from C: to D:, so that it remains that way no matter which OS i boot into. Would it be safe to do this from Disk management in 7?

Note: Both the OS are installed on the same HDD.

I once again apologize if this has been asked before.


A:Changing 7 drive letter.

When custom installing a second copy of the same version, same edition using the same installation disk the second copy of Windows having started up the installer while in Windows will shift the second copy to other then C. When booting into a dual with two different versions or even two separate editions of the same version the normal sight is seeing C while in one and the other install as a different drive letter since C is in use at the time.

The best advice often seen with any dual boot and the optical drive being D would be giving the second Windows E, F, G, etc. if no other drive is present and doing the same while booted in the other to the first now second seen there in the DM.

For changing it from C to something else that would be the opposite of wanting to see the registry edit for correcting a goof of Windows getting the wrong letter like D assigned rather then the default C. How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Note that was directed at 2000, XP, and Server 2003 where this problem had been more apparent. Another guide covers what I was mentioning about how to Manage your drive letters in a dual-boot configuration

While the guide is older there for an XP/Vista dual boot the principles are the same as far as having the second OS always seeing the same drive while the Windows you are in at the moment is C.
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A:Changing Drive Letter

Generally you should not change the drive letter of the system disk, since many windows files and setups rely on it staying how it was on install.

In general terms, it shouldn't matter what letter it is. The only exception is some old programs have C: hard coded in to them, rather than finding the real system disk, but this isn't usually an issue.

However, if I understand your post correctly, your disk was C:, but has changed to X:. I think this can indeed cause problems. You could have a look at but read the warnings very carefully and follow the advice, definitely regarding backing up.

You could also look at , which the first article links to.
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A:Changing system drive

Hello Nialljcr, welcome to Seven Forums!

In Windows 7 disk management mark the Windows 7 partition as Active, then do the 3 startup repairs with the separate restarts to create a new set of system boot files to the Windows 7 partition, see Option One steps 1 - 3 in the tutorial at the link below for an outline on the entire process and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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A:Changing out hard drive

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A:Changing Drive letters.

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A:Changing drive names

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A:Changing system drive

Unfortunately you've incorrectly installed Win7 to the SSD from C instead of correctly booting the installer so that Win7 could show as C when booted. This also assured the System boot files would remain on C.

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A:Changing out hard drive

Closing duplicate, reply here:
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A:Changing disk drive help

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Hello & Welcome to TGF.

RIGHT click "computer".
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