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Windows 7: First ssd installation procedure ?

07 Dec 2013   #1
Vale

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
First ssd installation procedure ?

Hi All,
Firstly thanks for reading, I wanted to build a new system some time ago but circumstances have pretty much stopped that for now so I have decided to just update a few things in my old work horse starting with the hard drive, I have purchased a Samsung SSD 840 along with W7 Pro 64bit. I assume I just unplug my existing drives and plug this one into sata 1 and install the OS ?? or do I, is there a procedure I need to be aware of first, I.e. bios settings etc ?
Thanks for any advice as I am a total noob with SSD's, it came with a disk also, do I need this ?
Cheers,
V.


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07 Dec 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Vale,

Yep, you would do the same as if it was a HDD. One thing to check is to make sure that you have AHCI/SATA enabled in your BIOS for the best performance. This would be the same for any SATA hard drive (HDD/SSD) though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Dec 2013   #3
Vale

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn, it was the bios bit i was insure of Appreciated matey.
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07 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a 6Gb device. If you have any 6Gb port on the mobo, use that. Keep all disks disconnected whilst you install Win7 on the SSD. Here are a few more tips (even if you do not transfer the OS):

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

I would first predefine an active, aligned, primary partition on the SSD and install into that. Gets you away from the dreaded 100MB system partition and makes imaging later a lot easier.
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07 Dec 2013   #5
Vale

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks also whs...but.....

"I would first predefine an active, aligned, primary partition on the SSD and install into that. Gets you away from the dreaded 100MB system partition and makes imaging later a lot easier."

That just lost me
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07 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vale View Post
Thanks also whs...but.....

"I would first predefine an active, aligned, primary partition on the SSD and install into that. Gets you away from the dreaded 100MB system partition and makes imaging later a lot easier."

That just lost me
Just run these cmd commands for your SSD and direct the installer to that partition. It is all explained in the tutorial I linked.

Diskpart
List disk

Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit
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07 Dec 2013   #7
Vale

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ah..so do i understand that as..plug the ssd in while W7 premium is working on an existing HDD and do the diskpart from there... ? then unplug all drives, plug the SSD into sata1 and install my W7 Pro on the newly created partition ?
Sorry mate, i did warn you i am a noob
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07 Dec 2013   #8
Vale

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

just to clarify...the drive i have alreadly with W7 home prem on it will be used for storage only and the ssd will be the new main drive with a new os on it
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07 Dec 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vale View Post
Ah..so do i understand that as..plug the ssd in while W7 premium is working on an existing HDD and do the diskpart from there... ? then unplug all drives, plug the SSD into sata1 and install my W7 Pro on the newly created partition ?
Sorry mate, i did warn you i am a noob
Yes, that's it. When you want to boot from the SSD, you will have to change the bootorder in the BIOS.
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07 Dec 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vale View Post
just to clarify...the drive i have alreadly with W7 home prem on it will be used for storage only and the ssd will be the new main drive with a new os on it
Once you got the OS on the SSD running, come back. Then we'll discuss how you can cleanup the HDD and best use it for data storage.
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