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11-30-2011

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Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-09, 15:43 PM

Hoping someone would point me to right decision.  Converting over to Windows OS is harder than I anticipated.

Purchased mSATA64GB and Lenovo Recover Disks.  I took the hard drive out and install Windows 7 Pro, drivers….

Install back the 320GB HDD.

Now I see the following:

Windows7_OS (C:): 4.86GB free of 33.0 GB

SYSTEM_DRV (D:): 864.MB free of 1.17GB

Windows7_OS (E:) 245GB free of 271GB

Lenovo_Recovery (F:) 16.6 GB free of 25.3 GB

Lenovo_Recovery (G:) 17.9 GB free of 2.53 GB

I would like the mSATA to house the software while the 320GB to house the files.

Which one should I start deleting or should I start formatting the 320GB (is that drive E:?)

I have (2) Lenovo_Recovery: Drive F and G.  Can I delete both of them or just one?  Which one should I delete?

Thanks so much for your help.

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12-01-2009

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-09, 21:42 PM

From my understanding you bought a Thinkpad (with two spots for HDD/SSD), removed the HDD, and then bought a SSD that you used the recovery discs on to install Windows and all apps on to so it would load faster, and then you put the 320GB drive back in the computer?

 

If this is the case then I would do the following:

1. Take out the HDD, and boot with just the SSD to make sure everything runs correctly on it

2. Now remove the SSD, and replace with the HDD

3. Use a tool to erase, wipe, or kill the HDD & reformat

4. Finally you put the SSD back.  The system should load fine & you will have a free HDD to use as you wish.

 

EDIT: Oh, and make sure the SSD is the primary drive.

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02-21-2008

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-10, 13:17 PM

 

Why would you need to purchase a recovery discs? It should already be on the 320GB. Anyway, it dosn't matter. What I would do is to change the Bios to boot up on the mSata disc to ensure that i am using the window 7 on that. Then I would just go to computer->manage->Disk management and then delete  E, F, G partition. Because these are NOT system drive so it can be done. If you made a mistake and selected lets say C drive, window 7 will warn you this is a system drive and not allow you to delete. So no worries.

 

Just ensure that you don't delete off the partition with the data on it before backup. In your situation, if E drive has the data (the previous 320GB HDD), just dete F and G and then merge the empty partion together. You can use the free partition wizard to do so.


 

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12-27-2009

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-10, 18:36 PM
I'm curious which drive SYSTEM_DRV is on. The bootloader is on that partition, and the system will not boot ito Windows with it removed.

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10-23-2011

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-10, 20:18 PM

I think I did the same as the OP, and ended up with two system_drv partition, one on the ssd, and one on the original HD. The one on the SSD comes from the fact that I used the recovery disk to set it up...and the one on the HD was simply there all along.

 

After setting up the SSD and making sure it would boot windows fine, I put back HD, and formatted it. However, I don't know if I could have removed the system_drv partition from it. It surely doesn't do anything when I boot windows (since the PC starts fine without the HD), but I wonder what happens when I press the blue ThinkVantage button at bootup. Is it going to see the system_drv on the SSD, or simply crash?

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-11, 1:40 AM

wrote:

if I could have removed the system_drv partition from it. It surely doesn't do anything when I boot windows (since the PC starts fine without the HD), but I wonder what happens when I press the blue ThinkVantage button at bootup. Is it going to see the system_drv on the SSD, or simply crash?


that's very simple to test. Take out the HDD and boot with the SSD, press blue Thinkvantage, it won't crash.

 

Then plug in the HDD, go computer->Manage->disk management, select the disk volume 1 (ie the HDD) and manually delete the system_drv and the partition(s) that you want. using the disk management there is less chance of error because you can see that disc 0 is the SSD due to the size or the partition.

 

 

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10-23-2011

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-11, 13:24 PM

Hi,

Just realized I didn't express myself correclty. Ideally, I would delete the system_drv from the SSD, not the HD! The SSD is the one with little space, I'd rather avoid storing this system stuff in  there!

Then I guess it's a little harder to test!

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2011-12-11, 15:01 PM

You can't delete that and hope you still can boot....

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Re: Which Drive to delete and format

2012-01-11, 0:15 AM

On Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox, “STORAGE” warns that “hard drive is running low on available space”

My 64Gb SSD mSATA was filled up.

Just purchased new 120GB mSATA.

 

Several questions:

 

1)   How do I get to Recuse and Recovery within the Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox?

2)   Moving all contents from 64Gb to 120GB, what is the simplest way of doing this without wading through reinstallation.

Thanks for your advice

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