After weeks of frustration I am now suspecting that my Kingston 60gb SSD may be somehow going bad. After following this forum's instructs I diskparted the SSD and tried reinstalling Windows 7 on it. After numerous attempts, Windows install keeps stalling at the "expanding Window's files" screen, then cancels the install. (Bios checks ok, disk has no scratches, and both DVD writers return the same results.)
To help prove the integrity of the SSD (still under warranty) I would like to now try doing a temp OS install on another internal HDD. There are 2 of those, each with data on them. Each HDD has only one large partition, as in drive D & drive R.
What is the detailed procedure in preparing one of those HDDs in order to accept a temporary OS install, while still preserving the existing data on that physical disk?
I must also be able to identify which disk is which (new partition?) when it comes to finding the "new" disk when loading the Windows 7 install software