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July 14, 2010
6:00 PM
hasanz
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Hello  all,

 

Long story short, I have 2 hard drives, and
have installed win7 on both drives. I haven;t activated windows yet so i
can still use both.

Here is the problem, HD 1 is 250GB and I
would like to make it my main drive.

HD 2 is 1 TB and would like
it to be the slave drive for all my storage.

 

All my data
is on HD2, the 1TB and I cannot copy all the files to HD1 to format HD 2
because I get access denied on some of the files. I have spent 3 days
trying to resolve the permissions, and have changed the security and
ownership of all of them but some of the files still show to be green
and I cannot read them or copy them. So thats why I cannot just copy the
files to HD1 and format HD2 and get it over with.

 So my
question: How can I uninstall win7 on HD2 ? I dont want windows to keep
asking my which windows copy to boot each time i turn my pc on.

  I
have put my self in this big mess because I forgot to move my data from
“My Documents” to another folder outside my “user” folders on my old
system (win xp) before I put that HD on my new rig (win7) and was
bombarded with access denied on them. I was able to change permission on
most of the files, but not all of them.

 

please help
*crying*

 

Thanks in advance!

July 14, 2010
6:20 PM
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“Slave drive” and “Main drive” as in… what?

July 14, 2010
6:43 PM
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I dont want windows to keep

asking my which windows copy to boot each time i turn my pc on.

The way I would do it is by removing the boot path for the second Win 7:

- Click on start and type ” msconfig ” in the search field and hit enter

 The second tab is BOOT. That's where you'll be working. If you have two win installs, both will be listed and you will have the option to delete the one that you don't want (keep in mind this won't uninstall windows), so next time you boot you'll get one choice only.

* The one you're using should be ” Current OS;default OS “.

As for as the files you can't access, not too long ago Dottech had a pretty good article on the subject:

http://dottech.org/freeware-reviews/10534

Make your pick, and Good Luck!

July 14, 2010
6:44 PM
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“Main drive” is your main/primary hard drive. “Slave drives” are basically all other hard drives (secondary, tertiary, etc).

July 14, 2010
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Ashraf said:

“Main drive” is your main/primary hard drive. “Slave drives” are basically all other hard drives (secondary, tertiary, etc).


So main drive is C: drive, and slave drives are D: and H: drives? Something like that? If so, alright, thanks.
July 14, 2010
6:57 PM
Ashraf
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Um not necessarily. They can be, yes, but typically most computers have C: and D: partitions on one hard drive. It just depends on how you set everything up.

July 14, 2010
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Ashraf
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@Hasanz: How about you create an image backup of HD2 and restore it on HD1? Or copy one hard drive to another. I believe DriveImage XML (http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm) will let you do both.

July 14, 2010
7:04 PM
Ashraf
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You could also try to virtualize HD2 with Paragon Go Virtual – http://www.paragon-software.com/home/go-virtual/ – and run it as a virtual machine on HD1 (I plan on writing about Paragon Go Virtual later today if you want to wait and read an article on it… it's new).

July 15, 2010
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Also, master/slave doesn’t necessarily apply to newer drives. It mainly occurred with IDE drives where you actually had to jumper them to determine which was the master and the slave. I don’t think SATA drives make this distinction.

July 16, 2010
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DriveImage FAQs said:

Q. Can I restore the image to a smaller partition?

A. No, currently you can only restore your data to a partition that is exactly the same size or larger, regardless of the data size.


It looks like you might have to manually copy all your data to the other hard drive with a Linux live cd or similar.

Guh-vah-pay
July 16, 2010
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Ashraf
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@Gvape: The copy hard drive function may work. However, I swear I have used a talked about an image that allows you to do that. I just can't remember which one it is…

July 16, 2010
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 Confused Technically speaking, moving the OS onto a smaller partition should be feasible… A huge hassle but still feasible. You would first need to move all your data files, I guess next would be to strip your OS as much as possible (removing as many programs as you can, even some Windows components), and then you could use a partitioning tool to shrink the OS and see if you are in the destination partition's margin… If not, do some more stripping.

No reason for it not to work this way. But like I said… Hassle.

?

July 16, 2010
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 Hum… Also it would be nice to know if he (Hasanz) got his problem(s) solved…?

July 16, 2010
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Gioneo said:

 Hum… Also it would be nice to know if he (Hasanz) got his problem(s) solved…?


 

I agree. If you are going to ask for our help – and we are going to spend our time helping you – you should atleast respond back and let us know how it went.

July 17, 2010
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Hey guys,

 

sorry for the late reply.

 

I have been busy with work all week and never got the chance to do much on my system.

 

Before I got replies on this thread, I kept trying to remove it from boot menu and was able to eventualy using the windows bcdedit in cmd. However, when i tried to delete the windows files and folders on the drive, i got same message about access denied. tried to change owners and no luck there.

 

As for my old documents, i still cannot access many of them. I cannot unlock them.

July 17, 2010
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Try booting into your slave drive.  Now, follow the instructions to enable the super admin here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/enable-the-hidden-administrator-account-on-windows-vista/ (I know it's for Vista, but it works on 7 too).  Now, log in as Administrator and you shouldn't receive access denied errors.

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