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February 22, 2014 5:52:45 PM

Ok so about 2 years ago I bought a asus u36sd which has a hdd and an SSD.
However about two months ago something's started to play up and I was sick of the bloat ware so I decided to reinstall windows.
Poped in a windows 7 disk I had spare, deleted all the old partitions created a new one. Loaded windows onto it, all going smoothly, restart my pc bam first problem. No drivers installed so I goto the website and try to reinstall all the drivers got most working except sound. And then I see I've lost my D:/ drive it's just one C:/ the size off both drives together. Long story short how do I separate them. I think it's partitioning and I'm going to do another reinstall of windows so I don't care if that's an issue.

Thanks guys Heroj04

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a c 901 G Storage
February 22, 2014 6:02:37 PM

What actual drives are in there? A screenshot of your Disk Management window would work here.
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February 22, 2014 7:02:08 PM

USAFRet said:
What actual drives are in there? A screenshot of your Disk Management window would work here.


ok this is the window (didnt even know this existed until now)
http://imgur.com/0f8nTD2

im new to messing around inside of computers.
note that the C:\ is actually an SSD and a HDD
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a c 125 G Storage
February 22, 2014 7:06:47 PM

Hard for us to know what C and D are w/o any detail.

Did you age CCD as C and HD as D ? Was it C and D on SSD ?

Steps for reinstalling Windows on SSD

1. Make sure you have all necessary drivers on something (HD, Thumbdrive, whatever)
2. Disconnect GD data cable.
3. Boot to Windows DvD or Windows ISO on Thumb drive.
4. Format a C:\Partion on the SSD .....size of your choosing whether full or partial drive
5. Install Windows on SSD
6. Install all drivers
7. Run Windows Update repeatedly till it says "I'm done"

What I generally do next is shut the machine down, disconnect SSD data cable and repeat everything again, installing Windows on the HD. This is for "emergency purposes" in case the SSD goes south.

At that point you can make any additional partitions you want thru Disk Mangler :)  ..... (Disc Manager)

Under the SSD boot I rename the HD Winwows partition as X:\ or something at the end of the alphabet. Same thing for the SSD partition under the HD boot ..... this way all your other partitions labels will remain the same regardless of boot choice.
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February 22, 2014 7:10:05 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Hard for us to know what C and D are w/o any detail.

Did you age CCD as C and HD as D ? Was it C and D on SSD ?

Steps for reinstalling Windows on SSD

1. Make sure you have all necessary drivers on something (HD, Thumbdrive, whatever)
2. Disconnect GD data cable.
3. Boot to Windows DvD or Windows ISO on Thumb drive.
4. Format a C:\Partion on the SSD .....size of your choosing whether full or partial drive
5. Install Windows on SSD
6. Install all drivers
7. Run Windows Update repeatedly till it says "I'm done"

What I generally do next is shut the machine down, disconnect SSD data cable and repeat everything again, installing Windows on the HD. This is for "emergency purposes" in case the SSD goes south.

At that point you can make any additional partitions you want thru Disk Mangler :)  ..... (Disc Manager)

Under the SSD boot I rename the HD Winwows partition as X:\ or something at the end of the alphabet. Same thing for the SSD partition under the HD boot ..... this way all your other partitions labels will remain the same regardless of boot choice.


i am using a laptop asus u36sd its kinda hard to unplug the data cable but this is a last resort is there another way?

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a c 901 G Storage
February 22, 2014 7:10:22 PM

Heroj04 said:
USAFRet said:
What actual drives are in there? A screenshot of your Disk Management window would work here.


ok this is the window (didnt even know this existed until now)
http://imgur.com/0f8nTD2

im new to messing around inside of computers.
note that the C:\ is actually an SSD and a HDD


Actually, no. It is one single drive. Appears to be ~700GB.
That little 100MB space you see on the left is merely the System Reserved boot partition. Required, and do not touch it.

When you installed the Windows 7, you deleted all the old partitions. Probably your old drive (the single physical drive) was divided into a couple of partitions. C and D. All that is gone, now all just in the single 698.41GB C drive.

There is no real reason to partition it into a C and D. It all lives on the same physical drive.
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February 22, 2014 7:16:20 PM

USAFRet said:
Heroj04 said:
USAFRet said:
What actual drives are in there? .....


ok this is the window (didnt even know this existed until now)
http://imgur.com/0f8nTD2......


Actually, no. It is one single drive. Appears to be ~700GB.
That little 100MB space you see on the left is merely the System Reserved boot partition. Required, and do not touch it........


well i think i got ripped off wow i just looked at the official specs and it said 1 drive 750GB apparently. but they told me it had two drives ssd and hdd so they either lied when they told me or just are dumb either way thanks
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a c 125 G Storage
February 22, 2014 7:38:02 PM

Heroj04 said:

i am using a laptop asus u36sd its kinda hard to unplug the data cable but this is a last resort is there another way?



Umm.... where the SSD and HD ?

I only see one drive.... did it perhaps have an SSHD .... a hybrid SSD / HD .... the 750 GB size kinda hints at that.

If you are new to puters, SSHDs are an excellent choice..... w/o a benchmark to tell ya, you wud be hard pressed to tel the difference between an SSD and a SSD + HD...... and no wasted time managing what goes where. And I half agree / disagree with USAFRet ..... while there are many reasons to partition a drive for some folks, doesn't sound like any would benefit you.

Reasons I partition drives.

1. If Windows gets borked, I can restore the OS partition from a 128 GB thumb drive in minutes....no need to restore entire 4 TB or whatever size drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. On HD only systems, I can maximize speeds of OS, temp files, swap files by strategically locating them forever on the outer portion of the disk platters with no concerns about fragmentation or slowdowns over time. HDs are twice as fast at the outer edge than the inner..... so user get to decide what comes off at 1X and what comes off at 2X.....Still true with SSD + HD .... for example, if ya have 1 TB of games and 1 TB of photos on ya HD, which one ya wanna load at 1X and which at 2X speeds ?
3. Backup schemes are simplified by only doing data partitions daily.....simpler than selecting folders. I also find it eaiser to share entire partitions rather than a series of folders.
4. I can copy entire Programs partitions from one machine to the other in the office maintaining all custom files and add ons.
5. SSD Failure means nothing..... just happened to my son .... his end of term report for senior year in one of his college classes was due Monday and SSD failed Saturday .... he simply switched boot order in BIOs and tweaked it over the weekend, printed and handed in.

Again, if it's a production box or a gaming box, these things might be important .... for many it's not so not worth the effort small as it may be.


EDIT: Seeing ya last post, my guess is there was some confusion rather than a lie..... methinks this is what's in ya lappie:

http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=co...

It's a superb drive .... I actually stopped buying laptops with SSDs + HDs cause there was no perceivable performance difference ..... we use them in the field to run AutoCAD ..... and game off hours of course :)  .....have both and no one here in the office knows which is which.





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