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Windows 7: Simpliest way to install new boot drive, SSD C: Drive crashed

20 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 professional
Simpliest way to install new boot drive, SSD C: Drive crashed

My Corsair 240 GB SSD just crashed, as Boot C: on my games machine. I was lucky to be able to save most data I wanted to keep via my network before full failure. But Now I have a Crucial 960 GB SSD to replace it but am confused how to install it and reformat it as my boot C: drive .. when I cannot find (or maybe forgot to create) a boot disk ... I do have my original Windows 7 install CD but that's all i got. Is there a simple way to create a boot dsk that will allow me to format my new SSD, to reinstall Windows 7 ?? Will the BIOS allow me to do that ????

BTW, I performed a CHKDSK (fixed bad sectors) on my old SSD, which continually crashed to BSOD half way through, which i needed to reboot meaning CHKDSK would start again, never ending cycle (Hit any key to stop CHKDSK doesn't work because the keyboard is turned off when that happens, for some strange reason??). I hope CHKDSK is part of a AUTOEXEC.BAT and not the BIOS because I would hate to have this start over with my new SSD installed.

BTW, I pretty annoyed my Corsair only lasted 2 1/2 years, I realise it should be still under warranty but I want to upgrade to something bigger.

Anyhelp Appreciated.


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20 Sep 2013   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM

You will be able to install front the Windows 7 disk that you have, follow Clean Install Windows 7 for the perfect install.
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24 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 professional

ok, this is gettting very annoying, I tried the page you showed and it seemed to be installing ok right up to "setup is preparing your computer for first use" .. but it never got there. Install did the list ok - Copying, Expanding, Installing Features, Installing Update, <reboot>, Completing Installation .. then a few screen on offs etc but I never got "prepare for first use", instead I got a error message "Windows Setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware". WHen I hit ok, and removed the install disk, The system rebooted then I got error message "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation" .. I dod this twice with the same results.

The only hardware changes I've made is to replace a 240G SSD with a 960G SSD, as my boot drive - C: .. When first I booted up after installing the new SSD, I checked the BIOS and it saw the new SSD as Device0, and the name was correct. Only thing that didnt happen, is naming this new device as C: drive, I'm not sure where that is done.

I don't understand why Windows is having problems, is it because the new SSD has not been allocated C: drive ?

Any help thanks
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