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Windows 7: Installing win7 on ssd

25 Dec 2011   #1
davy crockett

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Installing win7 on ssd

I have noticed in many places people saying that the HDD should be disconnected when installing win7 on an ssd disk - is there a reason for doing this? And what would happen if the HD was not disconnected when windows is installed on the ssd?


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25 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Depending on the port allocations for the HDD(s) and SSD, you risk to get your bootmgr to be installed on the HDD. The installer seems to grab the first disk if finds to install the bootmgr. Has happened to me - and other people.

It is really not convenient to have such a configuration. You cannot delete the HDD partition with the bootmgr and e.g. Windows imaging would image that partition along with C (because it contains a system file). So disconnecting the HDD(s) is a good idea.
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25 Dec 2011   #3
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've always disconnected extra drives when installing any OS. It eliminates the possibility of accidentally installing on the wrong drive (like a data drive, oops!). It's just a smart thing to do, IMHO.
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25 Dec 2011   #4
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Depending on the port allocations for the HDD(s) and SSD, you risk to get your bootmgr to be installed on the HDD. The installer seems to grab the first disk if finds to install the bootmgr. Has happened to me - and other people.
Add me to the list of "other people". Ended up pulling everything except the DVD and SSD. After the Windows install, I then installed all the other peripherals one at a time. Get a working system going then add to it. Windows will create a new SID with each hardware change. If you change more than about three items at a time, it may trigger a re-certification. Installing peripherals one at a time also makes problems easy to find on a new build, if necessary.
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