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Can I de-partition the SSD

How can I de-partition the SSD drive one the Asus eeePC 901 so that the C drive uses all 12GB? The OS is Windows Home.

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Use a program such as "Partition Magic" With this program, you can open up the max size of your hard drive. The only thing is that ,if your d: partition has your recovery files on it, you would have to allow space on d: drive in order to keep the files in place.

One other thing that can be done. Check to see if your drive is set to NTFS. If it is set to FAT32, you can run :
convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs

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You're excited, you just hot home from work/school and you see the box from UPS on your porch as you're approaching the door, you've been dreaming about it for so long, and you just want to get inside and install that SSD and get going through everything at blazing speed! But hold on! SSDs are very fragile software-wise, still, and you don't want to burn out a drive that you just paid a rather large chunk of money for out of not knowing the tricks to get it going properly!

Most Operating Systems nowadays (yes, even Linux and Open BSD!) have a little thing called TRIM which is essentially your drive's life support. It allows your drive to keep itself in order, deleting what it doesn't need, re-allocating space on the drive, and otherwise making the best use of idle clock cycles that it can. Without TRIM support, a 32 gig SSD can expect to see a drastic decrease in performance within a week, and 128 gig within a month. (Note: Only Windows 7 of the Windows OSes supports it currently)
Also, one should also use caution to NOT defragment the SSD (wait, did he just say to not defrag it?) yes I did, SSDs do not need to be defragmented, because they are not discs, and all data is immediately available for read (the reason you defragment in the first place is because the data on a HDD becomes scattered after deleting some files here and there, and the most efficient placement of the data is along the outside of the drive, so it moves it all back out there). This is actually bad for your SSD, not bad as in it'll explode, but it can reduce the lifetime of it by a decent amount.

So, let's get started then, do you have your OS install disc? Good. Got your coffee (or soda in most cases) and some patience? Also good whenever you're working with computers.

So, turn off your computer, and then boot it back up (don't restart, we're going into BIOS land). Right as you hit the power button, begin to tap del, or F2, or F12, it's different depending on your motherboard manufacturer, but the two most common are F2 and del. You should see a mostly blue screen with a lot of options, some of which you're wondering what the heck they mean. Just see if you can navigate to a page where it displays options for a SATA controller. Chances are it's set to AHCI as a default, but if it's not, you're gonna want to change it to that (to the people that use RAID from BIOS: you're gonna want to back that up, Windows will be taking that over for you) hit F10 to save and exit BIOS setup. Now you may begin to install your OS, but this is not about that, so I'm going to assume that you're doing that fine.

After you have installed your OS (If you're using Linux, then continue on down and read all of this before installing), and I'm going to assume that it's either Linux or Windows for the duration of this so, Windows first:
When you finally get into Windows, open command prompt with admin privileges (from the start menu, type cmd, then press ctrl+shift+enter) type this in exactly as it's written (without the quotes): "fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify" if CMD returns with saying "DisableDeleteNotify = 0" then TRIM is enabled, good job. If it returns with 0, then either your drive does not support TRIM, or you forgot to enable AHCI.

in Linux, as you're installing, use the Ext4 file format (you'll require version 2.6.33 or later, as it has no TRIM support before then). Now it's time for the wonders of the terminal: Having met the two requirements, all we need to do to enable TRIM is the following: First, we have to make a backup of the current /etc/fstab for disaster recovery purposes:
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  2. Then we need to edit the /etc/fstab file:
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I have had an Evesham PC desktop computer since 2002. I use Windows XP. Is there any possibility of downloading Windows 8? Annie

You might need to upgrade a few hardware items first also you might upgrade to vista then windows 8
Creating a new partition on your hard drive gives your future version of Windows 8 a place to live on your drive.
Knowing exactly how much space the OS requires helps you determine how large to make your partition.
Size requirements don't tell the entire story on their own, though.
Other factors like drive type and additional storage help ensure you get the best Windows 8 experience where your hard drive is concerned.

Size Requirements

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have the same system requirement regarding hard drive space, so if your hard drive can handle Windows 7, Windows 8 shouldn't be a problem.
For 32-bit versions of the operating system, you'll need at least 16 GB of available disk space. The 64-bit version requires 20 GB.
Your partition will have to be at least one of these sizes, depending on your OS version.
The PC Advisor website warns that these are literally the bare minimum requirements, and using these figures leaves you hardly any space to save files and install apps or programs.
Size Recommendations
You'll get more out of Windows 8 if the operating system has enough free space for you to install your favorite programs and apps.
PC World calls this extra space "breathing room," suggesting you give your Windows 8 partition at least 30 to 40 GB.
If you're dual-booting with another operating system or you're accustomed to keeping excess data on a separate partition, 30 to 40 gigabytes should be fine.
If you'd rather have all your songs, videos and PC games on the same partition as the operating system, consider giving it substantially more space.
Solid State Drive
Windows 8 works on traditional hard drives with spinning disks, but it's optimized to run on a solid state drive.
If you've got an SSD, consider putting your Windows 8 partition on that drive.
While any operating system benefits from the speed increase an SSD brings, ARS Technica specifically recommends this drive type for Windows 8, saying the operating system's "tablet-esque feel and search-heavy usage model will be much better served by solid-state storage."
Other Requirements
Hard drive space is a crucial system requirement, but others are just as important.
Ensuring your computer meets the other requirements before partitioning your drive for Windows 8 saves trouble in case your computer can't handle the OS.
You'll need at least a 1 GHz processor that support PAE, SSE2 and NX.
Your computer has to have at least 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit Windows 8, or 2 GB for 64-bit.
Your graphics card must be at least a DirectX 9-capable card with a WDDM driver. Also, while you're formatting your drive, format the Windows 8 partition in the NTFS format.
Storage Spaces
Storage Spaces is a useful Windows 8 feature when you're working with multiple drives and partitions.
The tool enables you to group drives into one larger storage space so you don't have to constantly switch partitions and explore different drives.
For example, if you create a storage space between two 32 GB flash drives, you'd be able to access it as if it were one larger 64 GB drive.
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you can technically "rename" any partition but you cannot change drive letters on the boot partition c:. I would uninstall some programs from the c: and reinstall them on the f:. There are 3rd party products like partition magic that let you re-size partitions but the good ones are not free.

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I just got my Eee box 1501P without OS. The Win 7 Home will not install unless I format the disk to NTFS. Apparently Win 7 doesn't do it by itself. Further I have two partitions 300GB and 20GB. Any...

The hard drive will be formatted by Win7 and should complete the instal on its own basically. I would install the OS on the 20Gb partition as that will separate your data and extra programmes but it doesn't matter. Win7 will put a crash partition on the disk automatically, usually a few Megs in size and in machine code because it is quicker and more efficient for the processor to utilize.
The drive has to be NTFS to handle file name and extensions. It will work in other formats but NTFS is easier to use.
Hope this helps.

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Is it possible to keep the operating system on drive c and the data on drive d and how to do this

yes, partition the drive...
If installing a new OS, Partition drive one with 1/4 of the drives size, then install the os to that partition, once installed if using Windows, partition 1 should show as C: drive, and partition 2 should show as an additional drive.. Each Partition will show as a separate drive..

If the OS is already installed, you can use a program such as partition magic, or you can use MS disc manage (right click My Computer, Select Manage)..

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Just bought an asus eee 901, cant connect it to i-net. think may be because installed norton on it before set it up to my home network. how do i restore it to factory settings

I'm sure it has a recovery disc package to it, i don't know if it is bundled with linux or windows xp or maybe both, you should use the recovery disc to restore to factory settings using an external(USB) optical drive.


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Formatting and partitioning a Hard drive will wipe out any and all information. Much like erasing recording tape.
Please be careful when attempting this procedure.
Partitioning a drive usually happens before the formatting process. Any drive can have up to 4 partitions.
Only one partition can be designated as active (the boot partition) one of the 4 partitions can be designated as an extended DOS partition.
When installing an Operation system ie: Windows (OS) The OS will bring you through this process.
However, on the other hand if you have an additional drive installed and you want your PC to see it, depending on what Operating system you have, you must navigate to the "Disk Manager" via the computer manager in the controlsettings of the OS. to see if the drive is recognized by the OS.
If it is, Right click on the drive and request a partitioning of that drive. Once the partition is complete, then request to format. this will configure the drive for the file format ie FAT or NTFS. In most cases NTFS is the format you would select. Additionally, you'll be requested as to the type of drive Logical or extended.
What you'll be doing with the system depends on how you Hard drive (HDD) will be partitioned out.
Remember the boot or active partition is where your OS will be and will be seen first after the PC boots (starts) up.
If you are using the system for home use, one partition is all you'll need. Lastly, you don't need 4 partitions on your PC unless you plan to use separate drives for say... backups, or to consolidate files. A lot of info I know... but if you go with one partition that maybe all you need.
I can't fix this for you, but if I helped you get it fixed, please rate it as a fixya not a helpful rating. These ratings let me be allowed to help you and others in the future. If you need more help, feel free to keep asking, but keep the original information so I can see it.

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