Changing Which Hard Drive Is Primary

Jun 30, 2014

I have 2 hard drives and 1 is a lot bigger than the main one. I was wondering if I changed them around would my computer run faster and how I would go about doing this, what I mean is make my larger hard drive my default disk C if possible? [URL] ....

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OK, long story short. I did a clean install to Windows 8 Pro 64. Because of the System Reserved partition, it showed both Win 7 and Win 8 available and would prompt to do a dual boot. I cleaned it up by following the instructions on the below link.

Dual Boot - Delete a OS - Windows 7 Forums

It now no longer dual boots, and Windows 8 is fine. The only issue remaining is that my primary drive in drive management still has unallocated space. Disk 0 has 351MB Unallocated space, and 465GB of system boot, page file, etc...

In the instructions, it says to "Right click on the partition that contains the OS you want to delete and Delete Volume. Then right click on the deleted volume and Delete Partition. Now you should have "Freespace" where this partition originally was."

Well, I can't do that. When I right-click on the unallocated space, all I can do is: New Simple Volume, Properties. Everything else is greyed out. I also can't extend the other partition, the "extend" option is also greyed out.

I'm now on Win 8... How to put that 351MB onto the main partition?

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I just tried a slmgr.vbs /ato and Windows got de-activated!

Edit: Tried re-activating but failed with an error code, then tried phone activation, got a confirmation id but when I clicked next in the activation wizard it said not genuine.

I had to restore a backup of my data.dat file from Linux and my activation came back.

Is this normal?

I am using Windows 8 Professional x86 and added the free Media center Pack.

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Any ways, i noticed there is a second hard drive/partition of 32 GO which i think is supposed to contain the OS image or something similar, so if i buy a new hard drive, could i recover my original windows OS ?!

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I am using method of

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Find now

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Users - Computername(mine is for example Furkan)

Ok this makes me even able to enter inside of System Volume Information folder

For example if i format windows can i still access these harddisks without any problem ?

Are there any details, detailed information, article about ownership of files / folders on windows 8 ?

Windows 8.1 x64

Also changing windows having driver - boot driver ownership from Trustedinstaller to user would cause any problem ?

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I have save data on my old hard drive (disk) that I need to retrieve that is in the Windows7 "My documents recognized by Windows 8.1 (Windows 8.1 is on my new SSD).

I am concerned that my plan to retrieve my data might cause an error in the bootloader if I perform this method

Reboot in Windows 8.1
When the computer gets to the BIOS splash screen, press F11 (boot options)
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This will boot in Windows 7 Home Premium which is located on the disk drive
Log in and go into file explorer
retrieve data from documents menu
copy/paste data from Disk Drive to new folder in SSD
Reboot in Windows 7
When the computer gets to the BIOS splash screen, press F11 (boot options)
Select SSD (with Windows 8.1)
Move data to documents folder

(If computer auto reboots from SSD then skip steps 9 and 10)

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edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

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Couldn't I just swap out the old HDD with the new SSD and boot with the recovery stick and do a full recovery back to the new SSD?

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How can I fix this to get back the dynamic flip flopping of drive C? I confess to being somewhat ignorant when dealing with this particular area of things.

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So, the question is, if I were to use a utility like the Windows 8.1 disk management feature to either delete the drive letter or even change it to another one, will that mess up the external hard drive or even lose data? Because until I transfer my files to my backup disk I am afraid of losing my only copy of my files.

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Can manage to partition some hard drive space over to another driver letter, if i do a fresh install of windows, will this new drive be formatted too?

(Just asking this because when I owned a desktop computer, I had two drives. A c-drive and a d-drive. When I re-installed windows 7 on the desktop, all my files were still available on the d-drive, hence asking the above last question).

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Any way that would be less time-consuming than having to reinstall all of my applications.

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Just today, it finished, and I went to install some games on it.

While I was about to install BF4, it said that there was not enough disk space, so I went to my "THIS PC".

It said that I only had 4.18GB available out of 99.6GB.

When I purchased my laptop, it came with 1TB. And I have been using 1TB up until now. But it randomly shrunk by 900GB. WTF!?

Link to image: [URL] .....

I have:

Short form: Why did my hard drive literally SHRINK 900GB!?

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