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Note: first post, hope not to make too many mistakes.... I have been searching this forum, but I haven't found a solution yet.

Short story:
I have an SSD that was my win7 OS disk, it is not booting and is not visible via SATA. It can be seen via USB (BlacX-thermaltake external drive) but the first partition is showing up as an unallocated 1.44 gb partition. There are 4 healthy small (1.5-3 gb) partitions and another allocated 53 gb partition at the end.
I did a clean install when I changed the CPU. Win7 was up and running and I was doing some SSD optimization (moving the User Folder to a HDD, changing the registry.) It actually ran fine for a few start ups, but I think it was doing a windows update when it failed to boot (or recognize the drive at all.)
So... Can it be saved? Will I have to reinstall Win7? (there is no data I need on it, I don't need to worry about data loss)

Medium Story:
For the last few weeks I have thought I had a dead drive, but now I can see it with the USB drive. (looking through some posts here, I saw the suggestion of using the USB as a possibility when SATA was not reading. I'd rep the poster, but there didn't seem to be a rep+ button anywhere. Still working on the forum mechanics...)
I did order a new drive, it is on its way. I will use the new drive even if I get this one running, but I will use this one with my class if I can get it running again. (Public high school teacher, I build a computer with my class each year to try to keep the tech within the same decade...Probably next year I will have a desktop w/8 gb RAM working alongside some mac g4's with 8gb HARDDRIVES...)
I think I have attached a picture of the Computer Management Screen showing the C: drive with the program files and the emergency Win7 install, D: Data_Files and the unlettered 64gb SSD that, in theory, has the normal Win7 install.
The drive is a SuperTalent FTM64GX25H that is a year and a half old, it has run well up until this point. (and having an SSD for over a year makes it hard to go back to a HDD)
Win7 64bit, AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3.01GHz, 4gb Muskin ram, ASUS Crosshair III MB, Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 (only running 1 right now, but had 2 crossfired before changing the CPU,) ASUS monitor (again, only running 1, but had 3 before changing the CPU.)
Please let me know if there is any more information needed.

Long Story:
War and Peace.

Thanks for any suggestions...
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just resintall windows7, you have no data on it. It takes like half an hour. Trying to recover it will take longer.

to check if the drive has a hardware problem or not, run some diagonostic tools on it like WD data ifeguard or seatools. If supertalent has their own software for testing drives use those.

oh and finally, on a personal note, I wouldn't bother optimizing an SSD, cuz there's really nothing to optimize. It is already speedy. Any tweak you try to add to it is insignificant, and you wont see any realtime performance improvements.

btw welcome to OCN, you can fill out your system spec under 'User CP'
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Thanks Captain Han, really speedy reply! (I thought I'd post and see responses tomorrow...)
I did try to reinstall the OS once, but from the windows install disk, the drive was not visible. I can only see it via this USB external drive. Can an OS be installed via USB? (the drive is visible from the bios screen, but not from the windows install or repair screens.)
One note, I have to install vista, I got this just before win7 was released and have to do the free upgrade.
Thanks on the SSD optimizing, It was fast just out of the box. I won't worry about optimizing.
What I was (am?) worried about was running out of space when windows defaults to putting the Users folder on C: I don't think I want all of the "my documents" on the ssd.
Thanks again, I've got to get to bed and will try reinstalling again tomorrow.
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Yes OS can be installed via USB. But you dont want to do that because it may give you problems if you ever want to transfer it back to SATA. Besides USB is a lot slower than SATA so you are loosing the benefit of using SSD.

there are ways to do clean install
, it was an old article but it should still work

and if you need more space, i recommend just creating more folders on the other drive instead of moving your user folder there. Windows has a lot of defaults pointing to those folders if you are missing them then it'll cause major problems.
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