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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on new SSD

17 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on new SSD

Hi everyone
I'm new to this forum so apologies if I'm asking some very obvious questions.
I've just fitted a new SSD to my desktop computer and have bought Microsoft Office Home PRemium 32bit to instal on to it. The idea is that I just have the operating system on the SSD and everything else on the HDD.

I've saved all the things from the HDD that I want to keep just in case something goes wrong.

My plan is to wipe everything off the HDD and then reload onto it the things I saved to my remote hard drive.

I'm not sure what is going to happen when I turn the computer back on after installing the SSD. Will the computer want me to tell it which drive to use, do I need to any formatting or partitioning.

Am just about to do this so quick replies very welcome.

Many thanks

BCG

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17 Jul 2011   #2

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17 Jul 2011   #3
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Hello Blackcatgirl1, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look through the information presented in these tutorials linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installations

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information



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17 Jul 2011   #4

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Am having trouble setting up the partition. When I type in Create partition primary align=1024 I get the message "There is insufficient free space to create a partition at the specified size and offset. Specify different size and offset value or don't specify either to create the maximum sized partition.

I am using the Mini tool partition wizard too and from checking that it doesn't appear that I have set up any partitions yet. Any suggestions
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17 Jul 2011   #5
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at Step Two #4 of this tutorial to see the correct way to run the commands.

You will need to run the clean command to start over Step One, as the SSD is new you should not need to run the full clean all to start over.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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17 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on new SSD

OK have cleaned the SSD and got the succeeded message. Now to create the partition. I've read Step 2 #4 as you suggest but have what is probably a daft question concerning the size of the partition I need to create. My SSD is 56GB. I want to install Windows 7 OS on it only. When using the Command prompt do I still say 1024 or should I put 56 or another smaller number (divisible by 4)???
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17 Jul 2011   #7
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

1024MB = 1GB

use the size you need in MB and not GBs
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17 Jul 2011   #8

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No need to type in size as you are only making one partition.
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17 Jul 2011   #9
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No need to Clean a brand new SSD as it decreases its life.

Simply boot the Windows 7 DVD with only the SSD plugged in, choose Custom Install, create your partition(s) as desired and install Windows 7 to first OS partition - ignore the 100mb boot partition it will create which conveniently places the Repair Console on F8 Advanced Boot Options.

The whole process is detailed with pictures here: Clean Install Windows 7

Afterwards move the User folders to the HD following this tutorial: User Folders - Change Default Location, Or move the entire named User profile all at once to the HD: User Profile - Change Default Location
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17 Jul 2011   #10
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You may want the have a look at this so you can make your own decision if the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition is issued, which it will be if you don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the install to.


Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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