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I looked all over and I hate to ask, but I am at the install part of my SSD install (GPT) and I am getting the "specified drive letter is not free to be assigned" when trying to assign letter C. I did a disk detail and it shows 2 volumes, but no letters at all. any help would be greatly appreciated. i want to get back to gaming frown.gif

EDIT: i changed my boot order in the BIOS and now i am seeing that the thumb drive is getting assigned C. i am looking up now how to change drive letters in the prompt, but if anyone has a link feel free to post it. ty

found it: thanks anyways. and for those if they ever need it http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757491%28WS.10%29.aspx
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I looked all over and I hate to ask, but I am at the install part of my SSD install (GPT) and I am getting the "specified drive letter is not free to be assigned" when trying to assign letter C. I did a disk detail and it shows 2 volumes, but no letters at all. any help would be greatly appreciated. i want to get back to gaming frown.gif

I know how to fix it. lol

(Try this first!) You can either try ignoring that and continue with the install or...

You need to make the C volume in the system a different drive letter first.

Make sure there are no other drives in the system...

Do you want me to go over the process? lol It is just hard to explain easily atm. haha
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I know how to fix it. lol
(Try this first!) You can either try ignoring that and continue with the install or...
You need to make the C volume in the system a different drive letter first.
Make sure there are no other drives in the system...
Do you want me to go over the process? lol It is just hard to explain easily atm. haha

thanks for the speedy response, but I just plugged thru and everything worked out okay. the guide here overall is just wonderful so thanks for posting it and all the hard work.

My only outstanding question is when i first set-up the drive it showed 83GB not 90GB in the beginning. whatever, assumed there be some loss like a reg HDD, but after my windows install I only had like 52GB free. What happened to all my space?
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pagefile, hybernation file, and system restore file is taking up ~ 20gb of space. id delece them to free up the space.
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pagefile, hybernation file, and system restore file is taking up ~ 20gb of space. id delece them to free up the space.

i turned off the system restore and did about 90% of what the guide said. I will go back and see if those are in there and try them out, ty. idk why, but I was quite surprised to see DOS showing only 83GB fresh out of the box with nothing done to it. why would 7GB not be showing?
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seriously awesome guide man, appreciate all of the time and effort that went into creating this! thumb.gif
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i turned off the system restore and did about 90% of what the guide said. I will go back and see if those are in there and try them out, ty. idk why, but I was quite surprised to see DOS showing only 83GB fresh out of the box with nothing done to it. why would 7GB not be showing?

because they don't use the same maths as your operating system. an operating systems work on 1024 while HDD/SSD work on 1000. so according to your SSD it has 90GB but that's in 1000 bytes to a kilobyte. Your operating system works on 1024 bytes to a kilobyte and so on. imo, they do it to make you think there is more space than there is, but if you actually read the fine print it will tell you that there "may be less space than advertised". Its pretty silly but its been like that as long as i can remember.
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thanks for the speedy response, but I just plugged thru and everything worked out okay. the guide here overall is just wonderful so thanks for posting it and all the hard work.

NP thumb.gif
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My only outstanding question is when i first set-up the drive it showed 83GB not 90GB in the beginning. whatever, assumed there be some loss like a reg HDD,
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Why is my hard drive smaller than its advertised size?
There is probably nothing wrong. Imagine a world where a "foot" was 12 inches to one person and 11 to another. The only thing common to the two people with yard sticks would be the size of the inch. Their yard sticks placed side to side would be different. There are two gigabytes, two megabytes, and two kilobytes, each meaning something slightly different then its counterpart. It so happens that 2 ^10th power is almost 1000 (it's 1024) and 2 ^20th power is almost 1 million (it's 1,048,576) and 2 ^30th power is almost 1 billion ( it's 1,073,741,824). A kilobyte is 1000 bytes to person counting in decimal and 1024 bytes to a person using the binary representations. The only thing common to the two measurement systems is the size of a byte.

Your operating system uses both binary and decimal representations of hard drive space depending on where you look. The hard drive manufacturers use the decimal representation. I've seen people complain that HD manufacturers are using the most beneficial numbers to rate their products, but I don't agree with this. If you use the decimal system you know exactly how many bytes your hard drive will hold without having to think about it. If you use the binary representation, you have to do a calculation to figure the exact number of bytes your hard drive will hold.

Let’s use the example of an 80 gigabyte hard drive. A typical 80 gig will have 80,048,390,144, but Windows will report that as 74.5GB in some places. If we calculate 80,048,390,144/1,048,576 we get roughly 74.55, (binary) gigabytes. A 160 GB drive would be 160,000,000,000/1,073,741,824 or 149.0116119 (binary) gigabytes. To get the values in (binary) megabytes simply divide by 1,048,576.
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but after my windows install I only had like 52GB free. What happened to all my space?

Yep, like firestorm1 said, pagefile, hibernation file are killers. Just shrink pagefile down to 1024MB min and max and disable hibernation.
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seriously awesome guide man, appreciate all of the time and effort that went into creating this! thumb.gif

Thanks biggrin.gif
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because they don't use the same maths as your operating system. an operating systems work on 1024 while HDD/SSD work on 1000. so according to your SSD it has 90GB but that's in 1000 bytes to a kilobyte. Your operating system works on 1024 bytes to a kilobyte and so on. imo, they do it to make you think there is more space than there is, but if you actually read the fine print it will tell you that there "may be less space than advertised". Its pretty silly but its been like that as long as i can remember.

Yep lol
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Thanks for the tutorial +REP.

Probably should have read it instead of rushing through my installation first. Hehe. Installed my SSD on IDE by accident, but found a easy answer to that.
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Thanks for the tutorial +REP.

Probably should have read it instead of rushing through my installation first. Hehe. Installed my SSD on IDE by accident, but found a easy answer to that.

lol. I hope you saw that the fix was in my guide as well tongue.gif
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