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Windows 7: Adding SSD and upgrading from 32 to 64

25 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 x86
Adding SSD and upgrading from 32 to 64

I currently have a licensed Windows 7 x86 version installed on a desktop. I purchased a new SSD that I plan to use for the OS, Office, and some productivity applications. Games and media will remain on my existing 500GB hard drive. The hard drive currently holds my 32-bit installation of Windows 7.

I want to install 64-bit Windows 7 on my new SSD and keep the data on my HDD.

Should I unplug my HDD when I install 64-bit Win7? If I plug in the HDD after installation will there be a conflict as to which OS should boot? I don't want to dual-boot or go back to x86, so I don't care about the windows installation on the HDD, just the data.

Should I keep my HDD plugged in with the new SSD and then install Win7 x64 to the SSD? Will that keep all of my HDD data intact?

Thanks for all the help, Internet community.


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25 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Do you have another PC or HD you can transfer files to temporarily?

I would move all you want to keep off the drive, then format it. Then move that DATA (Music, Movies, Pictures etc) back.
This way, all it contains is the DATA you wish to keep.
Do not worry about any programs or apps that needs to be installed. They will need to be re-installed anyway, and possibly have a 64bit version. Just DATA.

As far as installing Win7 x64 on the new SSD ..

YES. The best method is to unplug all Hard Drives, leaving only the SSD connected (and of course your CD/DVD drive)
Before you install however, I would go into the bios and change to AHCI mode, if it isnt already. Also, make sure the 1st boot device is set for the CD/DVD drive.

After Windows is installed, plug up the other HD.
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