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Windows 7: I want to make my D drive the boot/operating system drive

11 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
I want to make my D drive the boot/operating system drive

I have an SSD that I want to install my operating system on, and make it the boot drive. The reason being that some software will default to install on the C drive automatically, without prompting for another option, so I want to use just a regular hard drive for data and some programs, and I want this to be the C drive. Boot from the D drive, which will be the SSD.

Does this make sense? How do I go about this? Thanks!


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11 Feb 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you install windows 7 to the ssd in the normal way, using booted media e.g. the dvd , it will assign itself letter C.

It is possible to assign a different letter during boot media install - but it's complicated.


If you already have windows 7 installed on the HD ( I assume it has already itself C ) - running setup from there and pointing it at the SSD will cause the installer to use the next available letter.

That will be much easier for you.
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11 Feb 2011   #3

XP 32 bit
 
 

I have a program called acronis disk director. Very good! You can merge, split discs and lot more. You can also write which disc is main.
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11 Feb 2011   #4

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11 Feb 2011   #5

XP 32 bit
 
 

-.-' Well I'm new here I tried to help
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11 Feb 2011   #6

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Yes , and thank you - that was meant in good humour ( you should have seen my first few posts - lol )
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12 Feb 2011   #7

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I am trying to do the same thing. What do you mean by running setup? I should boot normally to windows 7 on c drive which is the normal hdd and then run the windows installation disk and install to sdd which would be d drive? If I then format c drive will it remain c or will my sdd be renamed to c since it will be the only drive with an os?
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12 Feb 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

When you run Windows 7 installer from another OS, it will take the next available letter.

When you boot Windows 7 installer to install, it will always see itself as C even if another partition has claimed C - while in Windows 7 the other OS partition will have another letter and vice-versa.
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13 Feb 2011   #9

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

thanks guys. I was able to get windows on d drive. Turns out that it dont matter which drive your os is on, programs will always default to the drive which your os is on.
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13 Feb 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

In that case, I would reinstall by booting the installer so that you are universally in C.

But this is up to user preference, since there is rarely an issue with Windows 7 on another letter.
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