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Windows 7: help with a clean Windows 7 install on new SSD

16 Jan 2012   #1
beagrie07

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
help with a clean Windows 7 install on new SSD

Hi, I've bought a new OCZ Vertex 3 SSD as I'm upgrading my computer in the coming weeks. I currently have 3 hard drives. What I want to do is do a CLEAN install of Windows 7 onto the SSD and then use the other hard drives as normal. How would I go about doing a clean install onto the SSD? Also what do I do about Windows 7 on my current C: drive after this clean install is complete?

Thanks


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16 Jan 2012   #2
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

I believe there is tutorials on this forums about installing and/or cloning HDD to SDD.
I just recently upgraded to SSD from HDD with clean reinstall of windows 7 there is steps I did:
1) disconnect all other drives exept the one you use to install windows (in my case DVD drive)
2) Do a clean install of windows (this is same as HDD)
3) do updates intall drivers (SSD management software)
4) connect all drives (you can format/repartition old system partition including old 100MB partition if there is no data that you need).
5) configure storage (change documents, music, etc location) to store files on HDD (if SSD storage is not enough)

Windows 7 should detect SSD and configure it self for optimal usage (disable defragmentation etc) you can check for more in you SSD manufacturer software or manual.
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16 Jan 2012   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Take a look at this Tutorial:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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16 Jan 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beagrie07 View Post
Hi, I've bought a new OCZ Vertex 3 SSD as I'm upgrading my computer in the coming weeks. I currently have 3 hard drives. What I want to do is do a CLEAN install of Windows 7 onto the SSD and then use the other hard drives as normal. How would I go about doing a clean install onto the SSD? Also what do I do about Windows 7 on my current C: drive after this clean install is complete?

Thanks
It's really no different than installing to a HDD.

Back up your data. Unplug all other drives. Install to the SSD. Update the new installation. Reconnect old drives and do with them as you wish---repartition, etc.

After you have installed Windows on the SSD, confirm alignment. Inspect settings for page file and System Restore. Consider eliminating the hibernation file if you don't use hibernation.
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16 Jan 2012   #5
beagrie07

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies, I'll keep this post on hand with that tutorial while I setup, its my first SSD so I want to do my research and make sure I have everything in place.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
It's really no different than installing to a HDD.

Back up your data. Unplug all other drives. Install to the SSD. Update the new installation. Reconnect old drives and do with them as you wish---repartition, etc.

After you have installed Windows on the SSD, confirm alignment. Inspect settings for page file and System Restore. Consider eliminating the hibernation file if you don't use hibernation.
When you say confirm alignment etc. that can be done through the OCZ SSD management software?
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16 Jan 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beagrie07 View Post

When you say confirm alignment etc. that can be done through the OCZ SSD management software?
I know nothing about OCZ software, but it can be done through Windows own Diskpart command.

It should be aligned properly automatically, but it's good to check it because if it is mis-aligned you will have a noticeable reduction in performance.
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16 Jan 2012   #7
beagrie07

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Ok I'll keep that in mind, just gotta wait on the drive to arrive now!
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16 Jan 2012   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

If you don't mind spending $20 (USD), you can use the Paragon Migrate HDD to SSD app to do it for you.

Macrium Reflect has an additional component that will do the same -- with the added feature that you can EXCLUDE filetypes in order to "shrink" your partition size to make it fit on the SSD, but I don't think you can buy it separately.
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16 Jan 2012   #9
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Mark Phelps is right about Paragon Migrate. It is excellent. It will transfer the OS to the SSD. format it and align it correctly. It will also let you exclude files to shrink the size if necessary. I have used it quite a few times and it has worked perfectly every time. It is not only for SSDs, it works on mechanical hard drives too.
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16 Jan 2012   #10
beagrie07

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

So that program is basically a clone of the hard drive or a clone of the OS on its own?
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