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whiskyrock
07-24-2013, 01:51 AM
Howdy,

It's my first time here so I hope I'm doing this right :-D

So first off, specs:

Asus G74SX-XN1
12G Ram
Core i7
560M 3G
HD 1( C: ) - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT 500GB 5400 RPM ( Windows 7 )
HD 2( F: ) - Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS 500GB 7200 RPM ( Storage, now a clone of C: )
OS - Windows 7 Professional

First off, I bought this laptop used about a year ago. It's been great for gaming and for programming (C++). The only problems I've had were some BSOD issues earlier on but they stopped in December after a reformat (did a lot of troubleshooting and Razer Synapse seemed to be the problem).

Yesterday I noticed that my F: drive, which I use for storage, is the faster one of the 2. Obviously, I want the best possible perfomance out of my laptop so I want the Seagate( F: ) to become my C:. Now, after cloning my C: to F: with Acronis True Image 2013 Plus, I'm stuck. Now my question is this: how do I make my F: my C:? How do I make it so I can boot from my Seagate ( atm my F: ) and use my Western Digital ( atm my C: ) as Storage. I've included the screenshots that I thought would be helpful. I've Googled and searched forums (including this one) for a solution but I can't find one, I can only find hints which are a bit cryptic to me (I'm one year into learning about computer tech stuff and programming). That said, looking forward to hearing about the solution. Thanks in advance :-D

(There's a small difference in disk size because I modified some files on the C: drive to make sure I was booting from that one)

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getmealive
07-24-2013, 05:38 AM
to run the C as system drive, first you must install the Seagate Momentus 7200 without another Hard Drive. then turn on your computer and install windows on it, BIOS should recognize it as a system drive. after that you can turn off your pc and then install Western Digital Scorpio Blue as the second hard drive.

billyray520
07-24-2013, 04:26 PM
Now that you've cloned your System drive to the F: drive, simply swap the drives in their bays. IOW, physically install the cloned drive in the System drive bay, and System drive into the F: bay. If there are any problems, wait until Windows boots up properly with the C: drive (the original cloned F: drive) and then power down, install C: in old F: drive bay and reboot. BTW, good thinking moving the faster drive to your system drive. It would be even better if you can clone your system drive to an SSD drive though. :cool:

whiskyrock
07-24-2013, 07:15 PM
Howdy guys,

Thanks a bunch for the replies. Very helpful and from what I researched I was figuring the solution was kinda as you laid it out. Now... lol

In a moment of nerd yolo last night (with a handy 6 pack of beer, and before I read your replies) I took out the Western Digital and tried to boot up without switching the HD's physically. This was a no go obviously as I got the "bootmgr is missing, press ctrl-alt-del to restart" message. Then I put the Western Digital back. Problems arise and I need to go to the boot override in the BIOS to boot my C:. Then I boot from the Win7 live cd, go to the command prompt and do a "bootrec.exe /fixmbr", and then a "Bootrec /Rebuild Bcd". Now a reboot and I can only get into my Win from boot overide. So at that moment I'm cool with this as I like troubleshooting and learning about this stuff.

Now the moment of nerd yolo happens. I decide to install Linux Mint on my Western DIgital and keep Win 7 on the Seagate (both HD's are in their original places physically). I install the grub on sda1 (Windows) and sdb (Linux) is active. This is what everything looks like:

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So the first thing I notice is that Disk 0 and Disk 1 have switched (Disk 0 used to be the Western Digital, it's now the Seagate, and is also now the C:). Which is a step in the right direction (I've noticed a nice performance boost also, the main goal of this).

So in a nutshell, I needed to go Linux style anyways as I want to learn about it. Drives are where I want them, I can boot from my grub at startup into whichever OS I want). Now, my question: at startup (grub), Windows (sda1 and sd2) give me two Windows 7 options to boot up. sda1 works, sda2 is a nono. So from looking at the ( C: ) and Sys Res ( F: ) and I'm guessing that my BIOS is giving me the option of booting from my Sys Res ( F: ). So ya, looking to clean this up and make it a wrap :-D

Thanks again for your replies getmealive and billyray520. Hopefully I didn't disappoint, lol. It must be said, I am having fun here :-D

whiskyrock
07-24-2013, 07:36 PM
Looked at my disks on Linux and I noticed the 288 bad sectors...

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billyray520
07-25-2013, 03:34 PM
Glad you're having fun! :cool:

burn0u7
11-13-2013, 10:05 PM
I'd grab a copy of Acronis True Image. That's all I use. Best software around for cloning / backing up / restoring drives. Yes, it's a paid app but it is well worth it.