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Windows 7: W7 on separate SSD

25 Apr 2011   #1
Captain Morgan

Vista 64 bit
 
 
W7 on separate SSD

Hi All,

New to this forum, sorry I didn't find alot sooner

I am waiting for my new 128 SSD and Windows 7. I currently have Vista on my Hard dirve. I would like to make the W7/SSD the new boot drive and just use the Vista HDD for storage.

Need some help on setting this up.

Thanks in advance!


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25 Apr 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I wrote a little guide for this purpose. If you have further questions, post back: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

PS: Brink is right. if you make a new Win7 install from an installation disk, things are a lot easier. I recommend though to disconnect the HDD during the Win7 installation. You may still want to read the part about moving the user files.
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25 Apr 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Captain Morgan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have a retail copy of Windows 7, then you could format the Vista HDD during a clean install of Windows 7, then just select the SSD to install Windows 7 on.

Before you start, be sure that you have AHCI mode selected instead of IDE in your BIOS settings.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Apr 2011   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Your choice which way to proceed but, I too am a big supporter of just doing a clean install onto the new SSD.

Although it is quite possible to just move things over, a clean install may actually be much simpler in the long run.
Also the fact a clean installation is always a plus

As suggested, make sure you switch to AHCI mode.
But I would also like to add:
Unplug the other HD, leaving only the SSD connected when you do the clean install.
Hook the other back up back up once Windows is installed and up & running.
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25 Apr 2011   #5
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

If you want to do a clean install on the SSD please disconnect the other drive while you are doing the install. And make sure you put the SSD on the first SATA port in the system. Which will be labeled either port 0 (zero) or 1 depending on how the manufacturer labels them.
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25 Apr 2011   #6
Captain Morgan

Vista 64 bit
 
 

THANKS for all the help and guides!

Joe
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25 Apr 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

You're most welcome Joe. Glad we could help.
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30 Apr 2011   #8
Captain Morgan

Vista 64 bit
 
 

Hi All,

Back for more help...arrgh!

Ok, I removed hard drive with instaleed vista. Inserted SSD and installed W7 from the cd.

But, I must have missed something. W7 is up and running just fine
I put the Vista HDD back in, (front expansion sata) rack.

Now, it seems whatever I do, the system can't find the HDD. I 've tried the CMOS and it's not there and W7 doesn't detect either?

Thanks,
Joe
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30 Apr 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Joe,

Does it show up in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc)?
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30 Apr 2011   #10
Captain Morgan

Vista 64 bit
 
 

No, it doesn't show up there.
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