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Windows 7: Installing W7 on an ssd without deleting previous install

27 Dec 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

M is booting off of the System Reserved partition on Disk0 as depicted by it holding the System Active flags. I would either clean reinstall to SSD using booted DVD with other HD's unplugged, or if you want to keep M, write the System boot files to following these steps:

Mark M Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Power down to unplug Disk0, swap its cable to SSD if possible so M becomes Disk0.

Boot into Win7 DVD or Repair CD System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until M boots on its own and holds the System Active flags.

You can now power down to plug back in HD to Disk1 cable, access your files from M, boot C if needed using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command.


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27 Dec 2011   #12
Emcee

7 Professional x64 - SP1
 
 

Thanks very much. I think I'll just do a clean install.
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27 Dec 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

Be sure to unplug the other HD's when you reinstall. I'd also plug the target HD into Disk0 port.

Here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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27 Dec 2011   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have done this. It is always a good idea for a clean install to a SSD to have it as the only hard drive connected and be sure to set your BIOS drive mode to AHCI first, likely you have them that way already.
That way you have a shiny new windows install and can re-attache the HDD to grab your files or and use it to put your user files on to save the SSD space.
As Greg suggests, wipe the HD before moving file to it.
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28 Dec 2011   #15
Emcee

7 Professional x64 - SP1
 
 

As usual, I forgot to do one step and left all drives attached. Even though the other two drives were formatted with the CD partition manager, the "system" still installed in a 100MB partition on one. Fortunately, my SSD was already disk0 and labeled C:, so I just did the 3 startup repair trick and all is well.

Fixing these things is fun when you actually fix them and don't create too many headaches.
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28 Dec 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes headaches are bad Emcee, glad you have it going.
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28 Dec 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings so we can look it over. Tell us what is on each partition.

If the reinstall wasn't marked Active, Startup Repair will not write the System boot files to it.
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