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January 11, 2012 3:27:41 PM


Hello all, I RMA’ed a Corsair 2.5" SSD, CSSD-F115GB2-BRKT-A. It’s being replaced with the Corsair Force 3 SSD. I don’t know yet if it’s the GT or not.
My Asrock x 58 extreme Mobo has the original bios.
Please note: the HD storage drive (Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB) was installed, initialized and partitioned from the Corsair 115 SATA 2 drive installation.
The C: users/directory/documents/music and video folders were redirected to the HDD on the same installation. In addition to system stability, I need to detect my HD storage drive. Will the older motherboards bios or the newer SSD’s firmware cause conflict


I have a few questions as to the best scenario to proceed with.
1. Clean install windows then add the HDD and hope it detects it and backup.
2. First update the Asrock x58 extreme’s motherboard bios, clean install windows, and update SSD firmware if necessary than attach the HDD.

I don’t mean to be redundant but I just wanted to clearly state the facts and my concerns.

As always, Thanks all

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January 11, 2012 3:49:29 PM

well... for one thing, if you are going to use an SSD, I suggest getting EASUS ToDo Backup and have it do an image backup on a scheduled basis...

Once you put Win7 onto the new system, just point it to the user folder you already have on the WD drive. As you know all the applications will need to be installed once you put Win7 on, the only thing usable on the WD will be the Data files. ??? Do you have an offline image of it?
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January 11, 2012 4:02:47 PM

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well... for one thing, if you are going to use an SSD, I suggest getting EASUS ToDo Backup and have it do an image backup on a scheduled basis...

Once you put Win7 onto the new system, just point it to the user folder you already have on the WD drive. As you know all the applications will need to be installed once you put Win7 on, the only thing usable on the WD will be the Data files. ??? Do you have an offline image of it?


My main concern is retrieving all the data on the storage drive. The question is " Does the motherboards older bios or the new SSD installation affect the process". Remember the storage drive was formatted, initialized and partitioned with the SATA 2 SSD.
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January 11, 2012 4:16:01 PM

Nah, your thinking of if you had a os on there, and even if you do, your os you have installed on your ssd wont care. You are just going to treat it as a normal drive, open it and move files from it or just leave them there and redirect your new apps from your os to it, i.e. music files, video files and such.
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a c 353 G Storage
January 11, 2012 4:49:51 PM

1) before installing new SSD. Go ahead and update your MB bios. Before updating it check the HDD settings in case they change you can set back (Hopefully it was set to AHCI.
2) On SSD and you have windows 7, you were smart and used windows 7 back up and put an image of the Boot drive (OLd SSD) on the HDD. Win 7 back up would have imaged both the 100mb system partition and the "C" drive partition. If Yes, simple. with HDD connected insert windows installation disk and select repair from image - Point restore image to new SSD and walla DONE.
IF not.
1) rename your "moved" documents folder to Old. disconnect HDD. Install windows on New SSD. Reconnect HDD (as long as Bios setting for the HDD was not changed, you should see both the SSD and the HDD. Move your docs from SSD to HDD then move the files from "OLD" to new Docs folder.

Don't forget Set HDD bios to AHCI for the SSD installation and after windows has installed don't forget to reinstall INtel's latest RST drivers (This should change the driver from msahci -> iaSTor (Verify using AS SSD).
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January 11, 2012 6:42:02 PM

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1) before installing new SSD. Go ahead and update your MB bios. Before updating it check the HDD settings in case they change you can set back (Hopefully it was set to AHCI.
2) On SSD and you have windows 7, you were smart and used windows 7 back up and put an image of the Boot drive (OLd SSD) on the HDD. Win 7 back up would have imaged both the 100mb system partition and the "C" drive partition. If Yes, simple. with HDD connected insert windows installation disk and select repair from image - Point restore image to new SSD and walla DONE.
IF not.
1) rename your "moved" documents folder to Old. disconnect HDD. Install windows on New SSD. Reconnect HDD (as long as Bios setting for the HDD was not changed, you should see both the SSD and the HDD. Move your docs from SSD to HDD then move the files from "OLD" to new Docs folder.

Don't forget Set HDD bios to AHCI for the SSD installation and after windows has installed don't forget to reinstall INtel's latest RST drivers (This should change the driver from msahci -> iaSTor (Verify using AS SSD).



Hello Mr. Chief and thanks for your thoughts. I want to make sure I understand everything your saying so please bear with me.
1. Is it absolutely necessary to update the mobo bios? I didn’t have the OS installed on the HDD the OS was on the old SSD which I’m sure was set to AHCI because I did that on the motherboards settings.
2. Re-install windows to the SSD with the HDD connected with installation disk in CD ROM and choose “restore from backup/image” pointing to the new SSD.

If I understand you correctly this would be fantastic not nearly as complicated as I thought.
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a c 180 G Storage
January 11, 2012 6:47:00 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Windows 7 to section Storage by Area51reopened
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January 11, 2012 7:05:31 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
This topic has been moved from the section Windows 7 to section Storage by Area51reopened


Hello Mr. 51, Can you tell me why all my questions don't show up under "My Threads", but I do see questions others have posted. I like to refer back to them sometimes without searching.
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January 12, 2012 10:51:39 PM

RetiredChief said:
1) before installing new SSD. Go ahead and update your MB bios. Before updating it check the HDD settings in case they change you can set back (Hopefully it was set to AHCI.
2) On SSD and you have windows 7, you were smart and used windows 7 back up and put an image of the Boot drive (OLd SSD) on the HDD. Win 7 back up would have imaged both the 100mb system partition and the "C" drive partition. If Yes, simple. with HDD connected insert windows installation disk and select repair from image - Point restore image to new SSD and walla DONE.
IF not.
1) rename your "moved" documents folder to Old. disconnect HDD. Install windows on New SSD. Reconnect HDD (as long as Bios setting for the HDD was not changed, you should see both the SSD and the HDD. Move your docs from SSD to HDD then move the files from "OLD" to new Docs folder.

Don't forget Set HDD bios to AHCI for the SSD installation and after windows has installed don't forget to reinstall INtel's latest RST drivers (This should change the driver from msahci -> iaSTor (Verify using AS SSD).


Hi, I'm trying to restore from system image as you suggested. I keep getting a message that the drive containing the system image needs to be formatted and to chose a different backup. I don't have another.
I have all my data folders and the system image on the same hard disk. I guess this was a mistake. But I don't understand because this would be the case with an image on any disk correct?
I may try option rename your "moved" documents folder to Old. disconnect HDD. Install windows on New SSD. Reconnect HDD (as long as Bios setting for the HDD was not changed, you should see both the SSD and the HDD. Move your docs from SSD to HDD then move the files from "OLD" to new Docs folder.

But again the system probably cant read the disk.
Any new ideas ?
Thanks
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January 14, 2012 1:08:36 AM

RetiredChief said:
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2) On SSD and you have windows 7, you were smart and used windows 7 back up and put an image of the Boot drive (OLd SSD) on the HDD. Win 7 back up would have imaged both the 100mb system partition and the "C" drive partition. If Yes, simple. with HDD connected insert windows installation disk and select repair from image - Point restore image to new SSD and walla DONE.
IF not.



Refresh: (Corsair Force 120GB SATA 3) new one. The SSD is boot drive. The HDD storage is a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200. The HDD contains previous storage data and a Windows Backup.
I tried to “reinstall from system image” to the new SSD. I kept getting a message “that the image is on a disk that needs to be formatted, use another backup”. I don’t have another backup.
I removed the storage disk and did a clean install on the SSD. The clean install went fine. I then installed the HD again. I rebooted. The motherboard detects both drives in “My Computer” and “Disk Management”.
I notice in “Disk Management”, Disk 0 and Disk 1 both report Basic and online but Disk 1 has no “System Reserved” partition. It correctly displays previous partitions (size and names) including a "Windows Backup" I created under the old installation. The drive letters were changed, even though I didn’t format it.
So I can read documents, view pictures and video on the unformatted storage disk (HD). I created a "System Backup" on the old storage disk hoping it would create a system partition... it did not.
My concerns are these.
1. Does the HD storage drive need to have a "System Reserve" partition to function correctly? I want to be able to install programs from it and on it.
2. To create a new "System Reserve" partition would require Disk Format that would destroy all the data.
3. Should I back up all the data to an external disk, reformat, reconfigure partitions then replace data files and reinstall the programs.
Any advise thanks.
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January 21, 2012 8:28:46 PM

Best answer selected by gerry410.
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January 22, 2012 8:35:45 AM

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