SSD Drive Installed but Programs run from HDD

Posted on 2014-03-11
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I installed SSD drive (F) cloned from HDD Windows Partition (C:)
I have a mixed system. Program run from C: unless I change Program properties by right clicking. See attached file for full list of Environment variables, How to fix this? What is the meaning of these variables? My Libraries folder is on C:, which is good,

C: is HDD partition and F is SSD

CLASSPATH=.;F:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\lib\ext\
CommonProgramFiles=F:\Program Files\Common Files
CommonProgramFiles(x86)=C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
CommonProgramW6432=F:\Program Files\Common Files
Path=F:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common;F:\Windows\system32;F:\Windows;F:\Windows\System32\Wbem
hnologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static;F:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\SnapAPI\;F:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime
ProgramFiles=C:\Program Files
ProgramFiles(x86)=C:\Program Files (x86)
ProgramW6432=C:\Program Files
QTJAVA=F:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\lib\ext\
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 39922549
I installed SSD drive (F) cloned from HDD Windows Partition (C:)
I have a mixed system. Program run from C: unless I change Program properties by right clicking. See attached file for full list of Environment variables, How to fix th

What you should have done is move your documents / pictures /video's /music onto another drive and then trimmed down your windows installation (C:) until it would fit on the SSD, now do the clone, unplug your spinning drive, set the boot order to boot from the SSD,
You may have to fix the boot.  Boot from the windows CD, get to the command prompt
bcdboot x:\windows
BootRec.exe /fixmbr

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now re-attach the older drive, and you can now use it as a data drive or install new programs onto it.

Author Comment

ID: 39922557
I did trim C:\ HDD partition before cloning. But, my boot drive was B: , so after cloning when I tried to restart the PC from SSD, Windows did partition recovery ( I should have removed O/S from C:) Now, SSD is boot as well as system drive. See Attached DiskManagement screenshot before and after SSD installation.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 39922674
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 use a boot.ini file the pertinent area is the disk # and the partition #.  You also have to change your bios boot order to have the SSD as the first drive. Unplug the Spinning drive and let the system boot get things right then you can plug in the older drive.  since it has multiple partitions your drive lettering is going to be screwed up.

if you use diskpart, select the appropriate disk and then clean it then reboot,  then when you create the new partition create a logical partition that has the entire disk first as windows will always assign primary partitions drive letters  first.
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ID: 39922797
It is obvious, that some things went wrong.
When cloning, the new system drive letter on the ssd should of course be c:, not f:

What went wrong: you cloned and restarted with both drives connected. Your old drive remained on c:, while the clone was assigned letter f:

What I would do:
Restart the cloning. This time, after cloning, disconnect the HDD and there you go: the clone will now get the letter c:

Author Comment

ID: 39924930
What will happen if I reconnect HDD, would C: on HDD get new drive letter if SSD takes C: letter?
Another option, can I just change registry to properly reflect env variables, without cloning again?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39924947
1) no, it wouldn't.
2) I would not mess with the reg here, most probably you will end in a mess. Reclone.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 39924971
What will happen when you reconnect and reboot is that your driver letters will change. which is why I want you to use diskpart and clean the drive using the clean command now reboot.  

Windows NT, 2000 and XP keep a list of partitions, identifying each by a signature. The list is maintained in the registry key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\MountedDevices]. Drive letters are also recorded in this registry key and matched to the corresponding partition signatures. In this way, the OS can remember the drive letters assigned to each partition from one boot to the next.

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ID: 39925783
Thanks for detailed explanation, I am on SSD now! C:\ drive, other partitions got different letters as you said.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39925787
How did you proceed?

Author Comment

ID: 39925788
Also great thanks to McKnife for exactly diagnosing what I did and confident sure shot advice.

Author Comment

ID: 39925791
1. Cloned SSD from my backup partition.
2. Removed HDD and booted with SSD with Windows disk
3. Windows repaired boot
4. Restarted, and viola!
All as you said.

Author Comment

ID: 39925792
4. Restarted with HDD connected. (above)

Author Comment

ID: 39925812
McKnife, I wanted to give you credit too for laying out plan for me and confidence, I am newbie at exp-exch I selected multiple solutions but it allowed me only one and used all the points.
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Expert Comment

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Don't worry, it's not about points.
We should only try to make threads usable for others in the future.

Ok, happy SSDing!

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