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Windows 7: New SSD disk - Help installing Win 7

28 Aug 2011   #1
Ziyi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
New SSD disk - Help installing Win 7

Hi everybody!

I just bought a new SSD disk (first time). OCZ Vertex 2 120GB.

I'm currently running Windows 7 Home premium x64, OEM thingy.. on a standard 1TB disk.

Now.. I know I need to enable ACHI at some point.. thats about it..

I'm now going to install Windows 7 on the new SSD disk.
Do I have to prepare the SSD in some special way?
Special drivers etc? Enable achi in bios before installing.. help, I'm quite lost. Tried to read around here... but.. as all dumb people I read a litle, then just ask


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28 Aug 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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28 Aug 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

You need to enable AHCI in bios before you do the install. But remember that you will not be able to boot into your old OS after you do that. I suggest a clean install. The installation disk will format and align the SSD properly. Or you can follow this tutorial Optimize HD/SSD for reinstall, and you will not get the 100MB partition. In that tutorial you do not need to run the 'clean all' command as you have a new drive. After installation, install your Motherboard and other drivers. Don't tweek the drive as much as others recommend. Make sure thar Defrag is turned off (the installer should do that but just check) after installation and updates open an elevated command prompt (start-type cmd in the search box-right click and select run as administrator) in the command window type powercfg -h off. That will disable Hibernate and will save you 4 GB of space on your SSD. Then you can move your user files to another hard drive to save more space. That is about all that needs to be done. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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28 Aug 2011   #4
Ziyi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks a lot, just what I needed. Explanation i less than 2 thread pages!
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28 Aug 2011   #5
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Ziyi, were you going to transfer the OS to the SSD? I suggest a clean install, although it is a pain, it will give you the best install and will enable you to get rid of those programs we all have installed, but don't need. I would suggest keeping it light and install malwarebytes and MSE. If you want to transfer the OS, let us know.
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28 Aug 2011   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ziyi View Post
Thanks a lot, just what I needed. Explanation i less than 2 thread pages!
You are welcome. Let us know if you need any further help. Also, run Windows Experience Index soon after you get installed. It helps Windows to recognize the SSD if it hasn't already and make necessary changes.

EDIT: Also, as soon as you get installed and all updates installed, Make an image of the OS and save it somewhere. That will keep you from having to do a clean install again, you can just restore that image.
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28 Aug 2011   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Sorry, my brain isn't working real fast this morning. When you do the install, make sure the SSD is connected to port 0 and that it is the only hard drive connected during the install. Then you can shut down and reconnect the other hard drives.
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28 Aug 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome, Essenbe has some experience at installing SSDs.
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28 Aug 2011   #9
Ziyi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Clean install feels better.

Since I don't have a Win 7 dvd og recovery dvd.. I am now downloading one (universal).. I got the a key. Will it work? Since this comp. came installed with windows. OEM and all that..
I do got a recovery partition..but guess all the useless bloatware or what it's called will be installed at the same time?
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28 Aug 2011   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Make sure you are downloading a legit windows disk. But, yes, you can use it with your COA key on your computer. Here is a tutorial, but be sure it is not a pirated copy and full of viruses.
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