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Hard Drives not partitioned appropriately

  1. #1


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    Hard Drives not partitioned appropriately


    Hi,

    I purchased an Acer laptop from EBay. It was listed as a refurbished unit. However it looks like it was a complete system wipe and OS replacement. There are no Acer hardware drivers installed and no Acer applications available. My real problem is that the computer has been set up with two hard drives visible in "Computer" a (C drive and "New Volume (D. I believe that when this computer was "refurbished" the installer improperly assigned the drives. In disk management the drives are labeled Disk 0: System reserved 350 MB and New Volume (D 297.75 GB. Disk 1: (C 18.64GB. The C: drive is completely full, with the OS however, it is also the default drive meaning that everything tries to install to that drive, but can't. I want to move the (C drive to the New Volume (D drive or merge the two drives together. Is there a way to perform this task so that the computer will boot up into Windows 8

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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    A screenshot of Disk Management would be very helpful. Is there anything on that D drive (partition)? If not, it may be as simple as deleting it and then expanding the C drive to include the newly unallocated space but the disk management would be required to confirm this suggestion. However, please be advised there are always risks in doing things like this so I hope you have emergency recovery procedures in place.
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    Windows 8 64 Bit


    Here is the screen shot of disk management. Click image for larger version I have included it as an attachment as well. There is no recovery partition on the computer at this point. I tried creating windows 8 recovery media on a usb thumb drive, but I don't believe the thumb drive was created properly. Looking at the disk management, do you think it is possible to delete the drive and expand the c? When I tried shrinking the volume, the unallocated space wasn't moveable.
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    Very small Disk1.

    What is on D - looks like 20gb used? Take a look , may be there is an os installed which just needs adding to the boot menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajones79 View Post
    Here is the screen shot of disk management. Click image for larger version I have included it as an attachment as well. There is no recovery partition on the computer at this point. I tried creating windows 8 recovery media on a usb thumb drive, but I don't believe the thumb drive was created properly. Looking at the disk management, do you think it is possible to delete the drive and expand the c? When I tried shrinking the volume, the unallocated space wasn't moveable.
    My previous suggestion is not possible because your System Reserved is on one drive (large) and your C drive appears to be on an old 20GB hard drive. Maybe SIW can give you some additional guidance if needed but I would be looking to do a clean install to the larger drive after saving any important data to an external drive. Once done, you could then reuse that old 20GB hard drive for internal data storage. Good luck.
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    The 20 GB SIW2 is referring to is mostly me copying the files from C: to D: in an attempt to change the default drive in regedit. I had wanted to have the OS open files and save onto D:. That didn't work the OS couldn't find program files and none of the standard windows programs were available. I restored the defaults and haven't yet deleted the files. I don't know if the OS was copied over as well as all I did was view hidden files and unhide protected files. I'm assuming the OS was not copied over though, but I have no idea what I'm talking about. If copying these files also copied the OS that'd be great
    Last edited by Ajones79; 25 Jul 2013 at 22:27.
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    Looked up your specs and you do have 2 different physical hard drives and the smaller one is supposedly used for SSD caching:

    Acer Aspire S3 Review (320GB HDD) Ultrabook News and the Ultrabook Database

    Extracted from the description:
    The model reviewed here is based on a Core i5, 1.5Ghz CPU (Turbo Boost to 2.3Ghz) with 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD with a 20GB ‘SSD cache’ that is used to speed up some operations.

    Good luck on this one.
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    JustA thanks for providing some clarity. I had assumed that there was one physical drive that was partitioned incorrectly. That changes the question considerably.
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    I am neither familiar with nor have I ever used an SSD caching arrangement so I really can't help you but good luck from here.
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    For me, looking at your Disk Management picture is a little confusing. The first thing we need to understand, is the 20 G drive a flashdrive or the SSD referred to in the link supplied by JustATest? If it is a flash drive, can you remove it and boot into Windows?

    If the 20 G is an SSD and meant to be used as a cache drive, it has been set up incorrectly. If it was using Intel's Smart Response Technology, you would not see the SSD as a separate drive in Disk Management. But it can be set up after the OS is installed correctly on the HDD.

    Depending on the actual situation, there are options to get your system back, and some of those might require a third party partition manager that would copy a partition to another drive. Do you have an option to reinstall the OS?

    Is there already a OS installed on the HDD in the D: partition? Do you have the option in the Boot Device Menu to boot directly to it?

    Edit: I think I understand your comment about copying files from C: to D: accounting for the data on D: so you only have the OS installed on the SSD. A little strange D: shows as active, but maybe that was part of the erroneous install.
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