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Windows 7: How do I set up for installing a SSD


17 Jan 2013   #1

Window 7 home x64
 
 
How do I set up for installing a SSD

I watched a online video and was instructed to change the sata from native IDE to either raid or the 3rd option (can't remember) I choose the 3rd option and everything worked fine. Later in the day I wanted to restore an image and could no longer boot from cd in the bios. It took me a while to figure out that the change I made caused the issue.

I want to know the basic settings for a ssd drive .

If it is necessary to make that change how do I boot from cd?


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17 Jan 2013   #2

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17 Jan 2013   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
these days Windows 7 and W8 don't need any extra SSD alignment or fiddling around any more.

Proceed as follows

1) Backup your OS partition (and the small system partition if it exists) to external media or another partition on your computer. Use a program like Acronis or Macrium or whatever -.

2) Connect your SSD to a USB slot via a SATA==>USB adapter (if you buy the SAMSUNG or some other makes this cable will be included -- screenshot enclosed).

3) Restore the OS image to the SSD - and the system small partition if that was on the original backup image . Shouldn't take more than around 15 - 20 mins.

4) open computer and connect SSD to SATA connector -- same principle whether Laptop or desktop.

5) Get into BIOS and set boot device as SSD . You don't have to remove the old disk on a desktop -- even if all the bays are full there's always some space to put an SSD -- it's small, no vibrations as no moving parts so you don't even have to bolt it down so you can stick it anywhere there's space - but keep it away from a GPU (Graphics card) if you have a separate one of those as these can get VERY HOT).

6) Simply boot -- job done.

Cheers jimbo

(SATA==>USB connector)


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17 Jan 2013   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Your sata controller should be in AHCI mode. That should have nothing to do with booting from DVD. You can either use the one time boot option ( I don't know which key it is for your board) or in BIOS>Boot options, set the DVD as 1st boot device and SSD as second. You should get a brief message asking if you want to boot from DVD. You will only have a few seconds to push any key. Other than that, it could be a bad disk or bad iso or bad burn. The sata mode should not affect booting from CD/DVD.
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17 Jan 2013   #5

Window 7 home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Your sata controller should be in AHCI mode. That should have nothing to do with booting from DVD. .
It does. I just reset it to AVCI, that is where it was before. When I rebooted I no longer get the option to boot from cd. I have a gigabyte ga-970a-ud3 mobo. in the bios there is another option for me to change sata ports 4&5 to IDE. Would I want to keep both dvd drives in ports 4&5 and leave it set to IDE?


Also presently there is no SSD option in the boot priority. Will that change when I add the drive? It should come today.
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17 Jan 2013   #6
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

That would be a good option, it only matters for the SSD to be in AHCI mode. The SSD will run in IDE but it will not give you the best performance. I was not aware that DVD drives would not run in AHCI though, guess I learned something else today.
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17 Jan 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
these days Windows 7 and W8 don't need any extra SSD alignment or fiddling around any more.
Curious about that Jimbo. Are you saying it is no longer necessary to align a new SSD?
Why?

(I just bought my first one)
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17 Jan 2013   #8
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I am assuming he is saying the installer will align it if you let it. SSDs still need to be aligned. I do it myself, then install. No 100MB partition and I know it is done right (OCD).
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17 Jan 2013   #9

Window 7 home x64
 
 

well it seems stuck at 47% with the cloning. This is where I mess up I get impatient with windows. I never know when to go away for 3 day and let it finish or cancil it and start over. I always cancil and it gets ugly from there.

It took about 30 seconds to get to 47% hasn't moved at all in 10 min
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17 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
these days Windows 7 and W8 don't need any extra SSD alignment or fiddling around any more.
Curious about that Jimbo. Are you saying it is no longer necessary to align a new SSD?
Why?

(I just bought my first one)
I use disk management in Windows to format and partition my SSDs when I first get them and that way I know they will be properly aligned. I would use diskpart, but I can never remember how to do it that way!
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