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UltimaRage
07-07-2012, 06:04 PM
Checked out Cecil's thread to no avail.

I used the recovery disks to install onto the SSD, putting it into the primary bay and removing the second hard disk. I have since added the second disk back after a successful recovery, however.

Any suggestions? Hopefully somebody else has had this issue as well.

The system is in my signature. The SSD is an OCZ Vertex 3.

dstrakele
07-07-2012, 06:30 PM
If you add the 25 GB of the hidden ASUS Factory Recovery partition,it works out right. Take a look in Windows Disk Management and you'll see what I mean...

john_from_ohio
07-07-2012, 08:50 PM
Any suggestions? Hopefully somebody else has had this issue as well.


Now that you have recovery disks you can delete the recovery partition ( or just shrink it to minimum size ) and expand your C partition.

I like using the MiniTool Partition Wizard 7 ( and there is a free version ) ... you make a change, apply it, make next change, apply it ...

Here are some things to think about for preserving space on your SSD ( http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds )

dstrakele
07-07-2012, 09:54 PM
Think about what you want on your new SSD or HDD, then make your choice:

1) If you want the 25 GB hidden ASUS Factory partition for F9 Factory Recoveries, the ASUS Bloatware apps and outdated drivers, choose to install Windows with the Ai Recovery DVD's.

2) If you want a minimal, clean Windows installation with current drivers and WITHOUT any of the above ASUS additions taking up space, choose to burn the Windows 7 ISO file (freely-downloadable from DigitalRiver) matching the version that shipped with your laptop to DVD or flash drive. Then install Windows to your SSD or HDD, install several of the current drivers for the devices in your laptop, and if all is functioning well, activate the Windows installation with the Product Key on the label on the bottom of your laptop.

No matter what method you choose, use Windows Backup and Restore to backup your Windows System Image. This will save you lots of time that you spent updating these basic Windows installations should you need to restore Windows in the future.

An Original Name
07-07-2012, 10:38 PM
Free copy of windows 7? That seems a little fishy.

Shawnnepc
07-07-2012, 10:40 PM
Free copy of windows 7? That seems a little fishy.

The key is the only important part, the media can be downloading freely without penalty.

john_from_ohio
07-07-2012, 10:51 PM
Free copy of windows 7? That seems a little fishy.

choose to burn the Windows 7 ISO file (freely-downloadable from DigitalRiver) matching the version that shipped with your laptop to DVD

... what part of the above are you not understanding exactly?

UltimaRage
07-07-2012, 11:56 PM
Thanks dstrakele, that explains the missing 25 GB. Checked Disk Manager and there it was.

Thanks to everyone else as well for your input. A good amount of useful information that will certainly aid me in my endeavors to turn this into my new 3D workstation.


I'm actually moving over from a similar spec'd desktop because I just want to be mobile. It is an i5 2500k, 8 GB RAM, and 560 Ti build of mine. Performance is identical to the laptop for the most part, but funny enough, the laptop runs cooler. Must be the new CPU/GPU architectures and of course because they are made with being mobile in mind. Certainly nice, and fits the bill as a desktop replacement. Being able to run 4 monitors without SLI is fantastic as well. Three monitors now to do work with... will boost productivity most definitely. Soon I may get a monitor that has display port functionality.

The freedom to do my work and have everything available to me wherever I wish to go is excellent. I had used the SSD for the desktop initially, and I am happy it works for laptops as well.

There is a strange disparity I cannot explain though. I've shown all hidden files and folders, selected everything in my C drive, and it says the folders take up 24 GB. Now, I currently have 86 GB total showing up, total, for the drive. It says I only have 50 GB free. 12 GB is unaccounted for, and that is just confusing.

Budco2000
07-08-2012, 01:18 AM
Checked out Cecil's thread to no avail.

I used the recovery disks to install onto the SSD, putting it into the primary bay and removing the second hard disk. I have since added the second disk back after a successful recovery, however.

Any suggestions? Hopefully somebody else has had this issue as well.

The system is in my signature. The SSD is an OCZ Vertex 3.yep, I post a thread here a month ago, asking how to get rid of the 25gb recovery partition. You can't, easeus manger, windows disk utility. none of them work. If you delete it, and try to extend it. you won't be booting up on your next restart. you'll be seeing a error message saying drive not found. you can get 12 gig back instantly by turning off hibernation.

Click start, type cmd in the search box, go up top to cmd, right click, run as administrator, at the command prompt,, you are going to type "powercfg.exe /hibernate off" without the quotes. if you ever want it on, same thing, but replace the work off with on.

when your done with that, you want to turn off diskfrag and superfetch. SSD drives do not need it. it wares your drive out faster. and YES, they ware out. click start, type services in the box, then open it above, scroll down to disk defragmenter, double click it, and disable. windows might of done it when you installed the ssd. then scroll down to superfetch and repeat.

john_from_ohio
07-08-2012, 01:31 AM
yep, I post a thread here a month ago, asking how to get rid of the 25gb recovery partition. You can't, easeus manger, windows disk utility. none of them work.

A whole bunch of ways to accomplish this ... a whole bunch ... start by getting a backup first though.

I have no idea what easeus is but there are a several decent free partitioning tools. I like MiniTool personally but there are choices that do work.

You can either do that under windows 7 using minitool or create a bootable cd from minitool and do when win 7 is not running.

Everyone should have at least 1 bootable cd with repair/recovery type tools around ... just my opinion!

dstrakele
07-08-2012, 01:46 AM
Free copy of windows 7? That seems a little fishy.

It's understandable to be skeptical of a freely-downloadable version of Windows 7 with all the pirated and cracked software available on the internet. This site is legitimate. You still need a valid Windows 7 Product Key (such as on the label on the bottom of your laptop) to activate the Windows installation and keep it running. Be aware your Product Key is valid ONLY for the Windows 7 version that shipped with your laptop. In other words, if Windows 7 Home Premium shipped with your laptop, your Product Key is valid ONLY for THAT version. It cannot be used to activate Windows 7 Ultimate.

Here is the link: http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/

Budco2000
07-08-2012, 01:53 AM
It's understandable to be skeptical of a freely-downloadable version of Windows 7 with all the pirated and cracked software available on the internet. This site is legitimate. You still need a valid Windows 7 Product Key (such as on the label on the bottom of your laptop) to activate the Windows installation and keep it running. Be aware your Product Key is valid ONLY for the Windows 7 version that shipped with your laptop.

Here is the link: http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/Just follow his link. I've been running a fresh copy of windows 7 that I got from the same link, install, enter the key on the bottom of your machine, and your good to go with a legit copy. Windows and digital river are partners.

best off all, you get your 25 gb back. make sure you burn your recovery image by going to AI Recovery in the asus folder in the start menu/all programs if you ever want to turn it back to factory state. you can also go to your c drive, click the asus folder, and then click the software folder, and you can save all the asus programs as well as all the drivers to an external HD or a flash drive with at least 3 gig. so you wont have to download everything.

Nunt
07-08-2012, 09:15 AM
There is a strange disparity I cannot explain though. I've shown all hidden files and folders, selected everything in my C drive, and it says the folders take up 24 GB. Now, I currently have 86 GB total showing up, total, for the drive. It says I only have 50 GB free. 12 GB is unaccounted for, and that is just confusing.

I had the same issue. It is because if you reinstall from the recoverydiscs, the SSD is automatically formatted in GPT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table)instead of MBR. It creates additional partitions on the disk that are not visible. To get rid of it, I did as suggested in this thread also - downloaded a free (legal) win7 installation, re-formatted the whole drive again in MBR and used the product key to activate it.

Problem number 2 arose when I added the old HDD to the setup - it still had the original installation and was still formatted GPT. Every time I booted the machine it opted to boot from the old HDD instead of the SSD no matter what I did in BIOS (removed the boot option, but it got automatically added every goddam time). Had to re-format the whole HDD into MBR as well, and after that it has behaved.

UltimaRage
07-08-2012, 11:40 AM
Looks like a truly fresh install is my only recourse. I'm almost tempted not to do it for now, though. It's time to get an external HDD so I don't have to continue to transfer files from one computer to another it seems.

john_from_ohio
07-08-2012, 11:57 AM
Looks like a truly fresh install is my only recourse.

It is very easy to remove partitions thru something like MiniTool ... first delete the recovery partition ... apply ... expand OS partition ... apply ...

Or you can do it from a bootable CD ...

Get a backup put in place though first.

john_from_ohio
07-08-2012, 11:59 AM
Free edition of MiniTool partition wizard here ... http://partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

UltimaRage
07-08-2012, 06:13 PM
Free edition of MiniTool partition wizard here ... http://partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

I can merge partitions without deleting them with this program? I've installed the program and it is isn't entirely clear how to achieve that.

john_from_ohio
07-08-2012, 07:33 PM
I can merge partitions without deleting them with this program? I've installed the program and it is isn't entirely clear how to achieve that.

Do you want to keep the contents of your recovery partition? You already have the recovery DVDs right? On a 120 gb SSD ... me personally ... I would ditch the recovery partition.

You can do that by right clicking on the Recovery Partition and then selecting Delete ... then click the Apply icon on the upper left hand side.

At that point you would right click on your C ( aka OS ) partition and select Move/Resize ... you should be able to see a slider and slide it on the right side over on top of the space formerly occupied by your Recovery partition.

Then click Apply again ...

For certain types of changes if MiniTool cannot do the operation while the operating system is running it will prepare a script and then run that script on system reboot. It will let you know if it needs to do that with a prompt.

If uncomfortable take a look at the help ( faq and/or contents ) information.

UltimaRage
07-08-2012, 08:20 PM
Nice, quick and easy.

Free space now reclaimed. Thanks a ton for the help.