Here's what I would do, power down the PC and disconnect the Hard Disk Drive data cable from the motherboard and leave it disconnected.
Connect the data cable of the SSD to the #1 SATA port of the motherboard and set the SSD as second boot device in the PC main BIOS, after the CD/DVD drive.
Then boot the Windows 7 installation DVD and clean install
Windows 7 to the SSD, it should be the only drive detected during the installation process.
If you really want the best possible space to do the reinstall to, wipe the SSD first; have a thorough look at the information presented below before you decide what to do and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
After you have copied out
or made back-ups
of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase
) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
- Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
- If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install
of Windows 7 to; you can always extend
the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create
additional Primary partitions or an Extended
partition after the installation completes if you choose. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation DISKPART : At PC Startup Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version