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Changed drive letter, now Windows Boot is slow


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#1 McGraw

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:37 PM

Hey guys,

I just installed windows xp x64

I have 2 drives, 1 SSD and 1 hard drive

the hard drive is partitioned into 4 drives

I wanted to change the drive letters to 2 of the partitions, which right now, arent formatted yet

So I did, but now booting up windows upon restart takes longer than usual,

eg. It stays on the welcome screen for 20 seconds, then goes to the desktop background, and then takes 15 seconds to load the rest of the screen



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 08:40 PM

If you did not format....then you don't have a partition.

 

Windows relies on formatting to be able to see/recognize any subdivision/structure of a partition.

 

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 08:45 PM

during windows installation,

 

it said press C to create a partition

 

 

I created a partition on my SSD drive, for the OS

 

i created 4 partitions on what I refer to as the hard drive, i think it's sata



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:02 PM

 

I created a partition on my SSD drive, for the OS

How big is the drive? How big is the partition?

 

 

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:07 PM

its a 60 GB SSD

 

I pressed enter on it, during windows installation,

 

and it created a partition so most of it was used up

underneath, there was unpartitioned space of 8 mb

 

 

windows explorer said the capacity is 59.6 GB


Edited by McGraw, 16 June 2014 - 09:10 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:44 PM

Will it boot from the SSD with the HHD disconnected?

If so, does it boot as quickly as it used to?

 

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:41 PM

I disconnected the power and the data cable

 

and started up the computer,

 

i was greeted with this:

 

"Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key"

 

i pressed a key, and the message repeated itself

 

 

I should note in Disk Management,

 

C: says Boot

and

D: says System

 

I'm not sure if thats of any importance or not



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:11 PM

That means...boot files are on C:, while the Windows files are on D:...unless you have ever had an O/S installed on D: (which now doesn't exist).

 

The boot files don't have to be on C:, but I suspect that Windows expects the boot files to be on the same partition as Windows.

 

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:17 PM

When i changed the 2 partitions' drive letters

 

this message came up:

 

" changing the drive letter of a volume might cause programs to no longer run. Are you sure you want to change this drive letter ? "

 

 

Did I do something wrong ?



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:28 PM

Hmm,

 

When I installed XP the last time, I disconnected the HDD, and let it it install windows that way

 

 

But this time around, I didn't disconnect the HDD,

 

Does this pose any problems ?



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:03 PM

I think your post has answered those questions.

 

Just why did you want to change the drive letters for those two partitions?

 

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:42 AM

it was just there for categorization purposes






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