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Windows 7: Install a second OS on a newly installed SSD drive?

16 Oct 2010   #1
Bill Johnson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Install a second OS on a newly installed SSD drive?

Hello all.

I have an ASUS G73 laptop and have installed an OCZ 240GB SSD drive. The laptop currently has Windows 7 Home premium 64 on it on the original drive. I would like to install a new Windows 7 Professional 64 version on the new drive and be able to dual boot. I have formatted the new drive and it is recognized in My Computer and I can save files on it.

When i tried to install 7 Pro, it would not show the new drive as an option to install on. I tried this by inserting the disc in the DVD drive and by rebooting with the DVD in the drive. I also took the original drive out of it's bay and tried to reboot and could not get it to install. I then moved the new drive to the original drive's bay and rebooted and could not get it to install.

When you all finish giggling about all the stuff I went through, could you post a guide on what I can do to get it to install?

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16 Oct 2010   #2


Check your bios settings first.. make sure the SSD is visible in BIOS and is enabled as a boot device and that AHCI mode is enabled. If that doesn't solve you problems download and extract the drivers for your SSD, copy them to a flash drive and select load drivers before you try to install. I would have added more information and specific links, but you weren't specific on the model of your laptop or the SSD you're trying to install
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16 Oct 2010   #3
Bill Johnson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the quick response!
ACHI is enabled but the OCZ Agility 2, 240GB SSD, drive does not appear in the bios. When I am in windows I can save files to the "D" drive that I assigned it to. I cannot figure out how to get the bios to "see" the drive. The laptop is a Best Buy version of the ASUS G73 Jh.
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16 Oct 2010   #4


That is the 1.8" model
Make sure you have the latest available bios update, that TRIM is enabled, write caching is off, download drivers for your SSD and extract them to a flash drive for installing at the load drivers option from the windows install disk, and make sure all available options are enabled as bootable devices.. there isn't a BIOS settings manual for your system so I can't be more specific.. then try again
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