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Booting from "J" drive/partition on OCZ Vertex 3 SSD

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June 22, 2012 10:48:43 AM

Please don't ask how it happened, but I accidently put a new partition on my C drive (an OCZ Vertex 3). After re-starting Windows 7 Pro (64bit) realized a problem and apparently moved the boot files onto this new partition. The J drive (size 46 MB) is now labelled "System Partition" and the C drive (size 103 MB with 63GB unused) "Windows Boot Disk".

Things are running OK, but I'd like to get back to the one partition with the C drive. I have Easus Partition Master and when I try to merge the partitions the message is "System Partition or Boot Partition only can be set as destination."

How do I get back to just the C drive?

Thanks for any help.

Tom C
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June 22, 2012 12:21:49 PM

Leave it, just change drive letters.
The system partition should be on the SSD (normaly a tiny 100 mb partition).

I would down load and open AS SSD (don't need to run the Benchmark). Look at the upper left for driver and alignment.
As long as the driver does NOT show pcide BAD, and
partition alignment is OK - Then you are good.
If either is not correct, then FIX.
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June 22, 2012 12:41:04 PM

Where do I GET AS SSD?

So, are you saying leave everything alone but change the C drive to L (or something) and the J drive to C?

Thanks for the help.

Tom
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June 22, 2012 12:42:34 PM

Oops, I just found AS SSD. Downloading now.

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June 22, 2012 1:44:29 PM

Something wrong. I can't get the english download and what I have downloaded (German) seems incomplete. Very confusing pages, probably because I don't read German.

I tried turning off my firewall, but nothing yet.

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June 22, 2012 1:46:44 PM

Don't sweat the german The important info at the upper left will be in english.
ie should say that driver is msahci
and for partition should show "OK"
You don't need to run the benchmarks, but if you do the first column is reads and the second column is writes.
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June 22, 2012 2:29:50 PM

OK, Googling finally brought me to a download (not on the author's site) of the current, and English, version.

Here are the screenshots:
http://ridma.com/tomshardware/english/as-ssd-bench.png
http://ridma.com/tomshardware/english/as-copy-bench.png
http://ridma.com/tomshardware/english/as-compr-bench.pn...

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As long as the driver does NOT show pcide BAD, and
partition alignment is OK - Then you are good.
If either is not correct, then FIX.


Not sure where I can get the answer to these questions.

But, is it possible to return everything to 1 C drive, or is it better just keeping a C drive with the boot files?

Tom C
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a c 353 G Storage
June 22, 2012 2:49:02 PM

iaSTor is GOOD (Intels equivalant of msahci)
Partition alignment shows ALIGNED ( shows OK)


But I think your performance is LOW
There is a NEWER firmware revision - Ver 2.22. (2.15 is an older FW)

Also check your MB Bios ver, If old update it also. Check MB manuf website (support - downloads)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/SandForce_Based/
My M4


NOTE. Vertex 3 uses the Sandforce 22xx controller which means that to get advertized Sequencial performance you need to run ATTO (a HDD Benchmark) that uses data that is readily compressable - NOT REAL WORLD!!!
HOWEVER, SSDs do NOT like to have benchmarks run frequently.

ADDED with SSD Plus HDD Plus DVD Drive
SSD = C
HDD = D ( In fact I make my HDD D & E normally)
DVD = E (or what ever follows HDD(s)

IF System partition Shows up with a Drive letter, I just move it out of the way like Drive M
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June 22, 2012 4:14:16 PM

Is System Partition and System Reserved the same thing? Or, can I move this onto another drive?

The C drive label is labelled "Windows Boot Disk" but the contents of the J drive (System Reserved partition), which is also on the OCZ disk contains a directory called "Boot".

Sorry if I'm new at this.

Tom C
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June 22, 2012 4:23:23 PM

System Partition and System reserve refer to the same think - LEAVE on SSD
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June 22, 2012 4:27:49 PM

Best answer selected by twcinnh.
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June 22, 2012 4:28:25 PM

RetiredChief said:
System Partition and System reserve refer to the same think - LEAVE on SSD


Thanks Chief, I appreciate your time and knowledge.

Regards,

Tom C
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June 22, 2012 5:00:44 PM

Take care and ENJOY
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