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Windows 7: Previous Boot HDD to SSD questions:

30 Sep 2012   #1
Anox

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Previous Boot HDD to SSD questions:

Hello all.

I recently bought new motherboard and SSD. I intend to use the SSD as my boot drive, but because of the hdd being my current drive, will windows have to be removed from the old HDD in order for use in my new system?

If so, how would I go about this procedure? In addition, bear in mind I wish to keep the data on it if it's possible to.

Or would it be easier to just backup my important data from my old hdd and wipe/format it?


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30 Sep 2012   #2
Shine

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

If you have an external HD I would backup your important info and data onto it. Then I would format the drive and then install windows on your new SSD.
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30 Sep 2012   #3
Anox

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shine View Post
If you have an external HD I would backup your important info and data onto it. Then I would format the drive and then install windows on your new SSD.
Thank you for the advice!
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30 Sep 2012   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

When installing Win 7 on the SSD, be sure and disconnect all other HDD from the motherboard. This is a precaution to make sure no Windows files get loaded on anything except the SSD. Once you get Win 7 on the SSD, it will become your C drive and the HDD will be assigned a different letter.
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30 Sep 2012   #5
Anox

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
When installing Win 7 on the SSD, be sure and disconnect all other HDD from the motherboard. This is a precaution to make sure no Windows files get loaded on anything except the SSD. Once you get Win 7 on the SSD, it will become your C drive and the HDD will be assigned a different letter.
Right, I see, so the drive that windows boots from will always be assigned c:, Thanks!
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30 Sep 2012   #6
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Unplug all drives, go into the BIOS and make sure SATA is set to AHCI, not IDE. It may be helpful to go to your motherboard manufacturers website and download the newest drivers for your hardware before you start this process though.....put them on a flash drive, just so you have them available. Plug SSD into the Intel SATA III port if you have one and do a clean install of Windows. Install drivers and updates. This would be where I would make an image of your system so if you ever have to reload Windows, you already have a great jumping off point. After all of that is done, you can plug up your HDD and backup your data and wipe that drive clean.

There are many different ways to do what you want, that is just the way I do things.
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30 Sep 2012   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anox View Post
Hello all.

I recently bought new motherboard and SSD. I intend to use the SSD as my boot drive, but because of the hdd being my current drive, will windows have to be removed from the old HDD in order for use in my new system?

If so, how would I go about this procedure? In addition, bear in mind I wish to keep the data on it if it's possible to.

Or would it be easier to just backup my important data from my old hdd and wipe/format it?
This is a tutorial that gives great advice on Clean Install Windows 7
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