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Multiple drives in T570

Q: Multiple drives in T570

Is it possible to have an SSD together with a HDD in the T570? I spoke to a sales rep in Australia who assured me it was possible, but advised me to contact technical support about the details; I was informed by technical support that it was not at all possible. Plugging an SSD into WWAN slot was specifically excluded by the tech rep as an option. I am asking this because in my T500, with which I have been happy for many years, I had a 256GB SSD for my OS and programs and a 1TB HDD (in the Ultrabay) for my files; the latter could be conveniently removed for transport when necessary. This set-up was not possible in the T560, for which reason I have delayed replacing my T500.

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When I first ordered my T570, I ordered it with the cheapest SATA hard drive, so that I could replace it with a SATA SSD that I've had for a while.  A few weeks ago ago, the machine started intermittently halting at the boot splash screen.  I managed to nuke my linux installation and reinstall the operating system, and all seemed fine, until a few days ago, where, mid-lecture, my computer starts throwing kernel panics like crazy---all errors relating to ext4.  It was my assumption that the SSD had finally kicked the bucket.  Thinking that, I ordered a new SATA ssd that arrived today, and I installed it. The problem is that after I installed the new SSD, I couldn't find the drive enumerated in an lsblk run from a arch linux live environment running on a USB drive.  Prior to installing the SSD, I had not used the laptop since the catastrophic failure. I placed the old SSD into the laptop, and same problem: drive isn't enumerated by lsblk nor is it listed in the BIOS. I've harvested an lspci and lsusb output in the hope that I could figure out what is going on.  Here they are lsusb:Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hubBus 001 Device 004: ID 04f2:b5ab Chicony Electronics Co., LtdBus 001 Device 003: ID 13fe:1e23 Kingston Technology Company Inc.Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0781:556b SanDisk Corp. Cruzer EdgeBus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub lspci:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corpora... Read more

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I have a Lenovo T570 (Type 20JW, 20JX) Laptop (ThinkPad) and ThinkPad Basic Dock (40A00000WW).   I have a monitor plugged into the VGA connection on the docking station.  I have another monitor connected to my laptop with HDMI.  When the laptop is docked, the display will show on the laptop and the monitor connected to the dock.  The monitor connected via HDMI goes black.  When the laptop is off the dock, the HDMI monitor works.  Is there a way to get both monitors to work without having to buy a different docking station?  I know the ideal situation would be to get a different dock with 2 connections on it, but I was hoping not to have to pay for another dock.

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Hi All,

I have (4) hard drives that already have Windows 7 installed on each. My rig is a custom build, so as for Motherboard, I have:

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Assassin (has two 6GB/s SATA ports, and four 3 GB/s SATA ports) if not mistaken. I would put eligible drives on the 6 GB/s ports, and the others on the 3 GB/s ports. I know, my MB is ancient now!

The "new" drives are already connected via SATA ports, and both are functional, but one is extremely slow, and I believe it is because I didn't install them correctly. Missing drivers or something, not sure.

Here are my issues, broken down:

1. I have two choices to make, first is to use the "fastest HDD" as my primary, and the other 3 HDD's will be used as storage. Second choice is to induce RAID 10 or whichever is recommended. If I go with RAID, please point me to a site where I can use as a guide on how to do that correctly, as I have never done that before. Unless of course it is a simple process, and can be explained here. I just didn't want to have to go back and forth on this board, while becoming a nuisance.

2. Going with the best recommendation based on #1 above, I need to resolve network recognition issues. I use the WD Mycloud 3TB as my backup. I like it because I travel a lot and I can easily use the app to pull up any document, picture, video, etc., while knowing that I don't need to pay a monthly fee to someone else. However, 50% of the time when I boot up, I see (Cou... Read more

A:Multiple drives, One Desktop, all drives recognized in network

I'll bite:

Why 4 Windows installations?

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Hey guys, got a problem here (obviously)
anyway, what the deal is that i have started getting CRC errors on games i am trying to install. So....i reinstalled winxp after getting frustrated with all the quick fixes and errors are continuing. So i kept reading and trying other fixes.....no go. Then i noticed my computer is working at 100% capacity. I dont think its my cd drives, i know its not the disk. Are my drivers bad? i updated all the firmware for the drives, but maybe its some motherboard issue. any help would be greatly appreciated.

ps ive had my computer for 4 years and i have never seen anything like this.....

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:16:04 AM, on 7/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\SDTrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\DVDAudio\CTDVDDet.EXE
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\GO\CTCMSGo.exe... Read more

A:CRC error on multiple games on multiple drives (but on the same computer)

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Okay, here goes,
I have 3 internal HDs we'll call them A, B, and C that are all in the same computer (which runs Windows 7).
I also have 2 external HDs we'll call D and E.

I want to backup A and B on one external HD which I can do fine. Here's the problem, I also want to back up C to E.

I'm pretty sure I can't do this just with Windows backup, so I was hoping that someone know's of a program (preferably free) that could do this.

I tried searching for one, but I realized I'm not even sure what terms to use in my search.

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Backup multiple drives to multiple externals

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if i install win7 on another hardrive when i boot up will i get the option of which operating system to choose?
and what if i add XP to another harddive again will i get multiple OS choice at boot up or is there something more i need to do?

A:multiple OS on multiple hard drives

Nope you wont get the option to boot to multiple OS that way. The way you set your bios up will determine which HDD your pc boots from first. But some pc's have the option to hit a "F" key which then gives you the option from which drive to boot from.

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Till now i have only used a single drive setup on my PC. I am planning to buy a new disk drive for my HD camcorder videos and for other backup. I have read some forums about the RAID setup for data security. I have no idea what RAID is and i do not want to loose any data form either of my drives.

My motherboard is Gigabyte P55-USB3, i don't know if i have to setup a RAID configuration or is it auto defined. Maybe you guys can help me. My HDD is in the SATA_0 slot and DVD-ROM in SATA_1. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

One more thing, will i be able to use my PC with the primary drive if this secondary drive is not connected. I have another PC in my house and i might transpose the hard drive from one PC to another. The other PC too has a Gigabyte board. I may not even keep it connected, i just want to use it for backup and viewing videos whenever i need to. The use is much of an external drive i do not have that much budget and require a large space.

Your help would be greatly appreciated....

A:Help with multiple drives....

RAID for data security would pretty much mean using a second, identical drive in a RAID1 array, meaning it is mirrored. You'd only see the capacity of one drive, though, and it would have to be configured in the BIOS, and the OS reinstalled.

Since drives are dirt cheap now, get one for your internal storage, and get a second drive to use externally in a cage (or buy an external) to use as backup. SyncToy is a free program from Microsoft that will let you define what data is important to you, and keep it backed up on the external.

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I am currently running WINXP off my main harddrive. I have a second, smaller harddrive installed that I would like to run some version of DOS (one of the freeware versions if possible) to run old games and applications. I formatted the second drive FAT32, but don't know what to do from here. I would rather not partition my main hard drive and install some DOS, then reinstall XP over it like I have seen done. Are there any options out there for me? My other problem is that I don't have a 3.5 floppy currently installed. Thanks for any guidance.

A:Multiple OS on different drives?

I'm not sure about DOS, but what I do know is you can't dual boot a second OS after installing XP. You'll need to install an earlier OS and then XP in order to dual boot. (Is that what your trying to do with DOS? lol, sorry, the only thing I've used of DOS is what came with a Windows OS) Furthermore, Pre-2000 I believe, can't be installed on a secondary drive. It must be installed on your primary drive.

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I have 2 drives on my pc,the master is 10gb,the slave 2.1gb.The slave used to be my only drive.I would like to re-format it to free up as much space as possible,but still be able to use it as a back-up if my master drive has problems.What is the best way to do this


A:multiple drives

What do you mean by use it as back up?

You can't fit 10 gig on a 2 gig drive, so you can't copy the new drive to the old... I don't know what you mean.

If you simply want to format the old drive, just go into My Computer, Right Click on it, and choose Format. That will erase everything on it and leave it ready for you to us.

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Hi, I have a problem thats confused me. Sorry to give a long description, but i want to explain correctly. I have 2 usb external hard drives in enclosures, they are identical twins except for the actual hard drives which are different brands. I tried to backup to one from a network computer, and got a message that the drive is not accessable, might not have permission yada yada. I went to the windows 7 computer wher the drives are connected. I must say ive NEVER connected both drives to the computer together. I use XYPlorer as a file manager and whatever external drive is connected it shows as a H drive and is accessable. Both drives also show in my network map, and even though they have different volume labels, one shows only as external drive. The funny thing is whatever drive is connected via usb the network shows exactly the same contents for either drive. If I then swap connections to the other drive again it lists the same contents. Both drives show as shared. I think if i fix this problem with windows confusing these drives I may be able to backup to the network. Help please. Thanks

A:multiple usb drives

How is Windows "confusing" the drives? Everything seems to be working just as it should. Changing drives always means that the contents need to be refreshed. But having 2 drives with the same drive letter is only causing trouble that could probably be eliminated if you used different designations for each.

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Hello I just joined the forum in account that I cant find any information on the topic of installing multiple cdrom drives. I have just switched my fathers Sohw-1633 dvdburner with my Ltr.52327s cdburner. Now we bowth have 2 drives in our computers and we bowth have the same problem. The problem is that bowth the drives seem to be combined into one and the name is put together also its weird i think its because they use the one wire. I was wondering what program or method I need to use the fix this. Anyhelp would be cool. if you have a link to a page with this information plz post.

A:Installing Multiple Cd Rom Drives(more than one)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Have you set the jumpers correctly on the rear of the drives properly?

I.E the Dvd drive should be set as master and the Cd drive should be set as slave.

Then the long end of the IDE cable should be inserted into the secondary IDE slot on the mobo. The other end of the cable should go to the Dvd drive and the connector that is part the way down from that should be connected to the Cd drive.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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My machine's hard drives are set up the following way:

300gig with XP Professional: The main hard drive which system boots from
80gig with 2000 Professonal: My old hard drive, still has OS intact, is a slave
20gig with XP Professional: Another old drive, OS intact, is also a slave

Is there any way to configure a boot menu at startup to select which one I want to boot from? As of now, it just boots to the 300, but I would like the option to use 2000 as well (maybe even the 20 if I can get it to work).

How can I do this? Thanks for any help. cool.gif

A:Multiple OS's on different hard drives

Bump. Anyone?

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hi first i hav a DFI lanparty m.b. running win xp
Raid: 0
psical drive 1: fat32
logical: D: files
psical drive 2: ntfs

the problem is that i cant see my 2nd psical drive when i connect it to the ide channles and i think it will reformat my drive if i try to use raid and with the raid management prog that came with the m.b. it says i must have more drives to use raid.
can aneyone help?

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If I plug in another hard drive that has Windows Vista on it and boot up what should I be aware of? And if i want to use the windows vista OS instead of Windows XP can i switch and use the other HD as space? How would I do that? And would if the computer acts as if there is no other HD plugged in? Will any HD work on any computer? How do I find out? Will the old HD's used for Windows ME work?

Im kinda confused and dont want to brake the computer or something. The one time i tried multiple HD's it was on my vista computer and i plugged in a HD that was on my old windows ME computer and i guess i could hear the hard drive turning on but my computer did not recognize it.

A:Using multiple Hard Drives

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i've built a network storage box w/ 9 drives in it.
my 450w ps only has 6 4pin molex connectors, 2 4pin floppy connectors, and 2 odd cables.

my question is:

how can i power all 9 drives by using the odd cables and not using 'y' connectors?

the odd cables: 1 is named "aux" with 6 wires (1red, 2orange, 3black) and the other has no name with 4 wires (2yellow, 2black). would it be safe to use any of these to power my hdds? which ones would i use??


A:powering multiple drives

I wouldn't recommend it, those cables probably don't have the same voltages on them, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think those cables will have negative DC voltages where you need positive DC, but you can check the voltages and current with a multi-meter to see if it matches your MOLEX connectors, if you get a match, then you can remove the connector and replace it with a MOLEX and it should work as long as the voltages are the same.

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I have an Acer T180 with two SATA connectors on board. I have three hard drives I would like to use. One SATA is used for the CDR-W, and the other for one hard drive. Are there adapters or a daisy chain cable? Any help is greatly appreciated. Bob

A:Multiple hard drives

With 2 Sata connectors you can only use 2 Sata devices. Assuming the 2 other hard drives are Sata and 3.5" desktop size you could buy a Sata to Usb cable or dock which would let you use the 2 other hard drives.

Something like this adapter :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...to_usb_2.0_adapter-_-9SIAE785XK4766-_-Product

Or this dock (which will connect 2 drives at the same time) :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...=sata_3.5_usb_dock-_-9SIA1HE3917722-_-Product

There will be many others you can choose from, just make sure they will work with full size 3.5" Sata hard drives.
Your PC only has Usb 2.0 ports but Usb 3.0 devices will work ok too.

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i want a SSD for my computer, i plan to put my OS and 3D Dev. programs on it (3d dev programs create constant temp files) and maybe some games, just the ones i use often. my problem is that i dont want to be limmited to the 120-256 GB i may chose to purchase, i want to use my "iolo" to wipe my current HDD at a waping 650gb lol, and be able to use it WITH my SSD. meaning, i would like to have icons on my desktop from my SSD AND my HDD equaling a total 800-956 GB of space, but not all on 1 drive. im having trouble describing what i meen, so if you need more clarification on what im trying to do, post and ill try my best to help you help me some more.

A:setting up SSD, need help with multiple drives

Have a look at this tutorial: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I just built a new pc and install 2 sata hard drives on a gigabyte board. I can only see one of the drives in my computer. I am not planing on raiding the drives together. I dont know if there is somthing in the bios that is set to do it automaticaly. I looked around but couldnt find anything that helps.

A:multiple sata drives

if the drive hasnt been formatted it often wont show up in my computer. does it show up in administrative tools\computer management\disk management? if it does you can format it there and it should then show up in my computer.

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For some reason i noticed when i went to attach a file to an email that my computer thinks it has local drives G: - Z: which dont show up in the device manager or in my computer. now i know the Q: is from office 2010 beta which i have uninstalled but it didnt go away but this phenomenon is preventing my from plugging in more than one external drive whether it be a flash drive, external hard drive, or even SD cards etc. is there anyway to get rid of these phantom drives? it says all of these drives need formatted and are the size of the entire hard drive...

A:Multiple Phantom Drives

Do they show up in Disk Management?

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Hello, I recently bought laptop HP ZBook G3 17 which has 500GB hard drive. I also both M.2 250GB SSD Samsung drive and install according to the manual. Then I install an Arch Linux operating system, everything was working as expected. Since ZBook G3 has also 1 free slot for a SATA drive I decided to also install a drive from my old laptop. To summarize, I now have 2 SATA HDD drives (one 500GB and one 640GB) and one M.2 SDD (250GB). All disks are working fine but I discovered that some other devices (for example integrated Intel graphics card) are not recognized by the system (they are missing from lspci command output). When I disable the second SATA bus in BIOS everything is again normal and system recognize all devices as expected. What can cause this kind of behavior? Is there a limit on number of drives motherboard bus can handle? I also tried another Linux distribution (with different kernel version) with the same result.

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I have searched around on ths forums but can't find an answer.
My work laptop that has pointsec (disk encryption) on it, which is the first thing that loads.
If I was to install Win7 onto a external usb HD, would it overwrite the bootloader on the internal laptop HD?
Should I go into the Bios and try to disable the internal drive (not sure i can get to the bios)?


A:Win 7 Bootloader - multiple drives

Welcome to SevenForums schander
Not sure if you can do that, I would love to see the documentation if I am wrong. Good luck to you in finding your answer. Hope that you enjoy your time on 7 and SF.

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I'm using Win8Pro as a home server.

I have 3x2TB HD's that I need to share to other PC's.

One of these PC's is my media player. I have a folder on each driver called Movies that contains different movies.

Is there anyway I can combine the Movies folders contents on each drive to show 1 Movies network share?

I understand symbolic links don't work on a network.

A:Multiple drives to share

You can set up a Homegroup and share the library's then add folders from different drives or other library's on other machines to the Video's library folder and they will all show up in the Video's Library.

That's pretty much what Library's are about.

Homegroup - Create - Windows 7 Forums

Libraries - Include a Network Folder - Windows 7 Forums

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My C drive (where Windows and my program files are stored) is nearly full. So, I created a new drive to move some things around. However, I fear I may be going about this the wrong way. Can someone tell me the best way to recombine the drive?

As you can see I've got C, D, F, & E all on the same disc. I would like to reconfigure my drives and combine where I can.

I hate to sound like a Newbie, but I need loads of help here. I have to admit I really need someone to take me by the hand and walk me through each step. I did do a search and I saw the Tutorials on partitions, but they don't look like they cover what I'm trying to do.

All help and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Admin: Please forgive me if this is not in the correct forum.

A:How do I combine multiple drives?

Beau : check out your brothers PW tutorial here:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

If you need more help, just give us a shout

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Hello, I recently bought laptop HP ZBook G3 17 which has 500GB hard drive. I also both M.2 250GB SSD Samsung drive and install according to the manual. Then I install an Arch Linux operating system, everything was working as expected. Since ZBook G3 has also 1 free slot for a SATA drive I decided to also install a drive from my old laptop. To summarize, I now have 2 SATA HDD drives (one 500GB and one 640GB) and one M.2 SDD (250GB). All disks are working fine but I discovered that some other devices (for example integrated Intel graphics card) are not recognized by the system (they are missing from lspci command output). When I disable the second SATA bus in BIOS everything is again normal and system recognize all devices as expected. What can cause this kind of behavior? Is there a limit on number of drives motherboard bus can handle? I also tried another Linux distribution (with different kernel version) with the same result.

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I've got a BDROM and 2 DVDROMs in my computer, but can't get them to all function at the same time. At first I thought one of my DVD drives was broken, as my computer only recognised the BD and 1 DVD, until after a restart the nonfunctioning DVD drive was working but the other disappeared. The non functioning DVD is not recognised anywhere on my computer (Device Manager, Disk Management or My Computer) and switches between my first and second DVD drive every few start ups, the BDROM always works. Is there any reason I can't have 3 optical drives functioning at once??


A:Multiple Optical Drives

Clarification; you want all three drives to work simultaneously or just have all three to be able to function properly.

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In XP I could select the drives when doing a search. I have two hard drives and when I do
a search in W7 it appears only C: is searched. Is there a setting for multiple drives?

A:search multiple drives in W7

Yes type Indexing Options in Start Search box, then Modify and tick the boxes you want.

Pay attention to sub-boxes as you may not want to Index the Windows folder and limit it to User accounts only on C.

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Are there any advantages to having 2 hard drives. One running the operating system and the other for programs and files? Will it speed up the compter?

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Hi everyone, I have two hard drives each with it's own operating system, one for my work and one for leisure stuff.
For the last few years I have been pressing the delete button at boot time to decide which drive to boot from, which has worked without problems.
I have just purchased and installed a new Windows 7 Ultra operating system for my work stuff. At first glance it all seems to work perfectly normal, it boots correctly into my work desktop, but on closer inspection, I notice that when I boot from my work stuff drive, I am actually booting from my e: drive instead of my c: drive.
So when I open my Windows Explorer, I have to navigate to e: drive to look at my program files. I can live with this but it can be a bit confusing.
Has anyone got any idea how I managed to get into this situation, and more importantly, how I can remedy the situation
Many thanks

A:Booting From Multiple Drives

When you install Windows 7, when using 2 drives, it is very important to know which one is set to primary. This controls where the boot files are placed.

But to make it easier for us, could you use the snipping tool to take a picture of your Disk Management Window, while expanding it to see the comments on the different partitions and the graphical presentation. Then attach using the paperclip.

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I hope someone can help with this. This has stumped me. I have several workstations that have multiple drives mapped to their homeuser directory. Normally we have just H: mapped and no other network drives. Some users have all the way to Z: mapped to the same place. I go through and manually unmap them, but after a few days they reappear. There is no rhyme or reason. It doesn't happen after a reboot or anything. Not all users have this problem. I checked on tech net and microsofts knowledge base. I've tried doing the ghosted connections stuff in the registry but this did not fix it.The only thing is that it happens to more people in one area than in other areas.

Any ideas?


A:Multiple mapped drives

check the log in scripts for a line like

net use * \\servername\sharename

the * will map the next available drive letter.

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I recently decided to try out Windows 7 (loving it by the way) and have decided I would like to stick with it. However, I have run into a problem with having XP on one drive and Windows 7 on another.

I have two drives, which for the sake of simplicity I'll call Drive1 and Drive2. I have XP installed on Drive1, and Drive 2 was just used for storage. As I said I recently decided to try out Windows 7, so I created a 10GB partition on Drive2 and installed Win7 on that. Now when I boot, a screen shows where I can choose to boot Windows 7, or "An earlier version of Windows". The second option boots my XP install.

I'm soon going to be receiving a new drive in the mail, and after falling in love with Windows 7, I'd like to get rid of Drive1, and expand the 10GB partition on Drive2 that Win7 is on to fill the entire drive. Getting rid of Drive1 is where the problem starts.

It seems that whatever files are used to display the "Windows 7 or an earlier version" screen are located on Drive1, because when I removed Drive1, my computer tried to boot from CD, and then changed to a blank screen with a flashing underscore.

So, my question is, how can I get rid of Drive1 and just have it boot Windows 7 from Drive2 at startup? If it comes down to it, I can just wipe Drive2 and reinstall Windows 7 on it without Drive1 plugged in, but I'd rather not have to do this, as I've already customized 7 a bit and installed a few apps. Any help is appreciated though. =)

A:Problem With Multiple OS' on Different Drives

Alright my friend, use EasyBCD.

That allows you to dual boot them.

To get rid of Drive 1, use Windows 7 partition manager and erase disk 1.

To access this,

open the start menu

right click on Computer

Select "Manage"

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Hi There,
I recently installed a 20Gb IDED H/D from my previous computer in this new one. I then installed the O/S (XP Home SP2) on my Sata 300.Disk management says this is my boot and the 20Gb is System. Why is this? I have since installed a third H/D 30Gb IDE so that I could move all data from the 20 in order to use it for the O/S. Do I need to reformat it? Can I drag the O/S from the Sata or must I do a clean install?
Grateful for any help.

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I have 3 Hdds in my PC. On 2 i have installed WinXP, and they are installed separately, so i can boot without the other drive present. My motherboard has a boot manager so i can choose the boot drive.

Now i installed Win7 on the third drive, when the other 2 were disconnected.
It works fine by itself, but when i connect the other 2 drives, and choose the drive to boot from, the Win7 one says it has no OS installed. Other XPs boot correctly.

Any idea how to fix this?


A:Windows 7 + multiple drives

Quote: Originally Posted by BladeRy


I have 3 Hdds in my PC. On 2 i have installed WinXP, and they are installed separately, so i can boot without the other drive present. My motherboard has a boot manager so i can choose the boot drive.

Now i installed Win7 on the third drive, when the other 2 were disconnected.
It works fine by itself, but when i connect the other 2 drives, and choose the drive to boot from, the Win7 one says it has no OS installed. Other XPs boot correctly.

Any idea how to fix this?



Yep the problem was that the xp drives weren't attached when you installed win 7. there is something you can do. You need to use a boot editor like BCDEdit which is built into win 7. before you attempt to I suggest you read the tutorial on bcdedit in the tutorial section its here BCDEDIT - How to Use

If you have questions after you read it let us know


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I'm currently in the process of upgrading my computer. I bought:

MOBO- MSI 970-G43
SATA- Toshiba DT01ACA100 1Tb
Graphics- EVGA superlcocked GeForce GTX 660
PSUP- Apevia ATX-AP 800w
RAM- Kingston Hyperx Black 2x 4gb DDR3

I was successfully able to physically switch out my old parts with my new parts, the only thing I kept was my AMD athelon processor. I also have 2 IDE drives, however my new MOBO doesn't accept IDE hard drives; Only SATA. Unfortunately, my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit is installed on one of my IDEs, and I do not have the Windows install disk anymore, however I do still have a legitimate OEM windows key. My attempts to install windows 7 on my new SATA are listed in chronological order:

My first thought was to install from a USB. After many tries and much troubleshooting, turns out, the bootmgr file on my USB was corrupt. (I was unable to get a new set of windows install files)

Then, I went to my local computer store and bought a 2-way PATA/IDE to SATA converter. I hooked up the converter, thinking I could just boot from my old IDE and clone the IDE onto my SATA. Then, have my windows on both drives. The converter never worked and then I decided to put my old MOBO (Asus M4A785-M) back into my computer in order to boot from my IDE and have my computer back and running with an OS so I could find another solution.

Lastly, (this is what I still attempting) I figured I could just plug my new SATA into the old MOBO, clone the IDE with windows onto the SATA,... Read more

A:Fix for booting from multiple drives

If the SATA is preceding the IDE drive in Disk Mgmt then we often see the Win7 System boot files derailed to a preceding Primary partition when Repairs or a Reinstall are run. It will choose the first Primary partition to place them.

Plug in only the win7 HD, see if it will boot. If not confirm it is Partition Marked Active
and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times no matter what it reports to see if it will start.

If no OS is detected for repair or the above procedure doesn't work, continue with the steps in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start especially running the bootrec commands and if necessary deleting the BCD to rebuild it.

Once Win7 starts, confirm the SATA controller is set to AHCI in BIOS Setup, if not set it to AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista - Windows 7 Forums following the steps in tutorial to completion. You want AHCI mode for its modern features including hotplugging.

Then back up externally an image with Macrium - Image your system. Make the Macrium boot CD to apply the image on the new hardware.

Unplug the Win7 HD, plug in the SATA HD, Boot the Macrium CD youj've made from its application as shown in tutorial, apply the image and see if it will start. If not confirm Active and run the three Repairs again.

I'm not sure why you couldn't install on your new rig. Prompting for drivers during MBR install almost always means a bad installer. Download another ISO and write to stick or burn to DVD with Windows 7 USB-DVD Download ... Read more

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I am running win 98se and would like to install another hard drive and a different os. How can I make it so that I can choose which hard drive to boot from when I start my computer?

A:multiple hard drives

Hi jstdume, welcome to TSG....

Go into your bios setup to see if you have an option to boot to IDE 0, IDE 1, etc.

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Ok I know this has probably been done, but I would like to know and I didn't see anything like it. What I would like to do is have one 74gb WD 10k drive for loading games and things and 250gb WD 7200 drive for storage of thing like music movies and things that won't benifit as much from a 10k drive. I think this like a Master and Slave drive, right?

A:Multiple drives with out RAID

Yes just set up the drives as 74GB master on ide0 and you could put the 250GB on ide1 as secondary master.

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I have a client that is running SBS2003 server and has about 17 client computers. one of the client computers is mapping a drive several times like H: is duplicating itself to I: J: K: L: M:........and so on the other drives say disconnected but you can access them very strange i tried a netuse cmd to delete them and it worked for about 1 minute then they all came back I would appreciate any help you may have.

A:Multiple mapped drives?

Have you checked to see if the user account of that machine has any associated scripts that run at logon?

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I have multiple virtual DVD drives on my HTPC. How am I able to switch between drives? When I mount the drive, it auto-launches in Media Center but have not been able to find the option to play a DVD from a selected drive.


A:Multiple DVD drives in Vista H/P?

I am thinking it will use which ever is the Master DVD drive. I looked and could not find a way to set this myself. Hmm

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Hello again, I'm back so soon!!

I will be building the new system this weekend, all parts are here and ready to go! I can't wait.

I've been toying with an idea and I want to see if it's feasible, because I'm sure it's possible.

There are 4 computer users in this household. 3 adults and 1 teen. I would like to give everyone a dedicated hard drive, so it would be as though they have their own computer, but we would share the resources of the faster mobo, ram, cpu, etc. My one son is quite the gamer, so he could purchase a kick [email protected]@ graphics card (with oomph ), and the rest of us non-gamers could just use the utilitarian one I have (or use his for that matter).

The case and the mobo will support the 4 drives:

First of all, would I be sacrificing space in the case for my optical drive and card reader? (not to mention a mobo connection?)

Secondly, would I need to purchase 4 windows xp, and other related software that we might share?

I'm sure you're wondering why I would go to this extreme. I don't want to be selfish and not let anyone on the faster, new machine. Then again, I'm tired of all the crap that ends up on my system from them.

I suppose I could just partition the 2 drives I have. How would I ... Read more

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If your hard drive has two SATA ports, can you just plug in two hard drives or do you still need to use a RAID card and all that stuff?

A:Multiple Hard Drives

You dont need to setup Raid, but you will have load the sata and raid drivers before you can use the drives.

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Ive been learning how to setup multiple harddrives but im haveing problems. do they both have to be on the same ribbon cable? ive set the jumpers (one doesnt have jumpers) the ribbon cable is just to small =/ any advice, if i cant use 2 cables then ill have to redo my entire pc

A:Multiple Hard drives

What are you working with 4 IDE and SATAs? Did you update the BIOS?

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First, let me say this is an excellent forum.

I had a Pentium 200 with 2.1 Gig harddrive with Win 95. Was running out of space and brother gave me a 8.4 Gig HD. I removed my smaller HD & installed the 8.4 Gig as single drive, and repartitioned & formatted, then installed Win 98 on it. Problem is I have lots of data (mostly Word Docs) on the other drive which I need.

What is the best way to set up these two harddrives? I don't really care which is slave and which is master, whatever you guys/gals advise.

Is it possible to configure my system to get both drives up and running so that I can copy the important files over to the 8.4 Gig with Win98??? If I can do that I'd then like to reformat the 2.1 Gig and install Win 98 on it.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Even a link to such info. would help.



A:Configuring Multiple Drives

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How do you search all hard drives, external hard drives and flash drives in windows 7? In win xp you could do this with a single click (might take some time for results tho), in windows 7 I am contently frustrated. Windows 7 does not search anything unless you index it (or open up a folder for every single little data source you want to search).

Is there a solution to this problem, or is this yet another one of the dozensthings win7 does worse then winxp?

edit: Solution:
1# Open up root of a drive
2# Do your search
3# Click on Customize under 'search again'
4# Expand the 'Computer' tree
5# Select each non-index drive you want to search and hit ok

A:How to seatch multiple hard drives?

What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?

Open the drive, start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.

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Hello to every TSG member (especially the ones who will help me )!

Before I write down my problem, I would like to list my equipment:
- ASUS P5PE-VM mobo
- HDD #1: 160 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally in 1st Master, functioned for about 1.5 years, was running Windows XP SP3
- HDD #2: 500 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally in 4th (?!) Slave, functioned for about 0.5 years
- HDD #3: 80 GB IDE Seagate winchester, originally not plugged in
- HDD #4: 80 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally not plugged in
- 350W PSU, used by an nVidia 7600 GS, the two hard drives, One DLDVD-RW drive and a 2.8 Ghz Intel Celeron CPU.

And now my story:
About a week ago I was doing nothing really stressing for the computer, just browsing or something like that, then I heard that one of my winchesters stopped spinning and the computer froze. When I rebooted, after POST I got a "S.M.A.R.T. command failed" error message, but I could boot by pressing F1. From windows I couldn't access HDD #1's S.M.A.R.T. with the application "HD Sentinel". The computer worked for about 4 days with the same error on each boot and without S.M.A.R.T., then when I started a video playback while running several other programs in the background, I got a KERNEL_INPAGE_ERROR BSOD (I don't have the dump). Since then the PC doesn't recognize HDD #1, but is trying for about 2 minutes. HDD #2 is operates normally, but when I try to install Windows (tried XP SP3 and 7) on it, the in... Read more

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Recently I have been trying to back up my computer by creating a system image and saving it to an external hard drive. I first tried boot up the drive directly from BIOS; however, that did not work. I then made a special recovery drive on a different USB which I was able to boot from. I was about to restore using 'system image recovery' but I stopped when I realized that doing so would overwrite my C: drive. So essentially my question is this: is it possible to create a system image backup that I can freely boot from while still having my main drive for primary use?

A:Can I set up multiple hard drives to boot from

Yes you can, but not from external drives.

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All right, kinda involved inquiry here.

Running Windows 7, have 3 hard disks. 90% of my programs (basically everything that would let me) is installed on D: and E:. I've decided To switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, so I realize I need to redo the entire C: drive to accomplish this. I have tuneup utility, which comes with a registry back up.

So my question is: Can I back up the registry, format C:, install a new OS, and replace the registry? Or is there some other method I can use so I don't need to reinstall programs that are already installed and on separate drives?

A:Reformating and multiple hard drives.

The 64-bit OS install will require reinstallation of your programs too. If you tried to use your old Registry with the new install you would run into all sorts of troubles, one of them being that 64-bit Windows has a different directory and Registry structure.

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