Acer Ferrari 3400 HDD limit removal to 128 GB

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  1. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    #1 ripan, Jan 16, 2014
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  2. Mutagen

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  3. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    Thanks Mutagen for taking time. The SSD with a IDE intfc is a Transcend brand.
    Yes (Maybe I sounded too much of a rookie), there is OS on the 128 GB disk. I just cloned the original one using Paragon disk mgmt sw.
    Your supplied link is a bit above my head though. Too much inbetween the lines so to say.

    Cheers
     
  4. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    When you say it can't boot, what do you see? (A black screen with a flashing underscore, or a message)

    I have used Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 with great results. Is it possible you missed an option when cloning? One other suggestion: I assume the original drive is smaller than the new one. There are two approaches here for cloning -

    1 - Make an exact clone, keeping all partitions the same size. This means using Windows disk manager after cloning to make the extra space available.

    2 - Resize the partitions when configuring the cloning options.

    For me, I use the first method. It has always worked, even though another step is needed. I don't achieve reliable results with the second approach.
     
  5. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    When it canĀ“t boot the screen is black with a flashing underscore. Nothing more happens until I "kill" it.

    I used the 2nd method and I will try the first one during the weekend and report back the result.
     
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    #6 RJARRRPCGP, Jan 17, 2014
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    Blinking cursor->corrupted boot data. Wipe the drive and try again.
     
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  7. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    Problem solved

    Great advice Mutagen, works like a charm after exact cloning making the excess drive space available as a separate partition.

    Much faster windows and application start :cheers: