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Windows 7: Reformatting & Reinstalling Windows 7 64bit on current HDD/SSD

27 Mar 2012   #1
SeanHogan

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 
Reformatting & Reinstalling Windows 7 64bit on current HDD/SSD

I just currently bought and set up a SSD (switching from HDD for boosted read speeds), installed Windows 7 onto it, and put drivers on. When prompted to reboot my system once again I noticed that the reboot time jumped from the initial 15 seconds, to about 40. To test just to make sure it wasn't anything, I hard booted it and same thing. It hangs at "Starting Windows" with the flag moving forever. I then installed the rest of my software and whatnot.

So what I would like to do is format the current SSD drive which I am currently using Windows on, and re-install windows onto it. Maybe changing the order in which I install my drivers would make a difference? It's just strange how either my GPU drivers or Motherboard drivers would slow boot time so immensely. How would I go about doing that on the drive I am using?

I have read many forums and How-To's, but none seem to explain about the current one you're using.

Thank you,
Sean


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27 Mar 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure I understand why the problem.

If you have a valid Windows installation disc, just boot from that disc and reinstall to the SSD. Disconnect other drives before beginning.

Maybe you can give more details or offer a better explanation.
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27 Mar 2012   #3
SeanHogan

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

I thought I'd have to reformat the SSD, then re-install windows onto it. When I put the 95 in to reinstall, will it reformat the drive?
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27 Mar 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

What drivers are you supplying? You're not changing out drivers given by Win7, are you? This is not XP.

Wait until several rounds of optional Windows Updates deliver drivers before importing any drivers missing in Device Manager.

Only if you are issued Standard VGA for display should you change any in the absence of performance problems.

Look over these steps for getting a perfect reinstall - they're the same for retail: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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27 Mar 2012   #5
SeanHogan

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

The drivers that I'm installing are the ones that come with the motherboard/GPU.

And I'll look into that clean-boot, thank you.
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27 Mar 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SeanHogan View Post
I thought I'd have to reformat the SSD, then re-install windows onto it. When I put the 95 in to reinstall, will it reformat the drive?
What's a "95"???

You don't have to reformat. You can if you want to.

You can also use existing partitions or delete existing partitions and create new ones.

All of those are choices offered to you AFTER you begin the reinstall by booting from the installation disc.

If I recall correctly, Windows never tells you it is formatting--it's done automatically at a certain point in the install after your partitions are set.
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27 Mar 2012   #7
SeanHogan

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SeanHogan View Post
I thought I'd have to reformat the SSD, then re-install windows onto it. When I put the 95 in to reinstall, will it reformat the drive?
What's a "95"???

You don't have to reformat. You can if you want to.

You can also use existing partitions or delete existing partitions and create new ones.

All of those are choices offered to you AFTER you begin the reinstall by booting from the installation disc.

If I recall correctly, Windows never tells you it is formatting--it's done automatically at a certain point in the install after your partitions are set.
Haha, whoops! Sorry, on my blackberry, and held down alt instead of shift....

And okay, that's not that big of a deal then. I didn't know you could delete partitions, and what not within that actual clean install. I thought it had to be done prior.
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27 Mar 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Unplug all other HD's before installing. Choose Custom Install to delete all partitions and click next to have installer create and format one large install partition and begin install.

click to enlarge

Wait to check performance before supplying any drivers that aren't missing after install and optional Updates.
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27 Mar 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest you post a full picture of your Disk Management. One reason could be that the bootmgr landed on the HDD. Before you reinstall, come back. You might first want to do a secure erase.
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27 Mar 2012   #10
SeanHogan

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

This is a screenshot of my Disk management. I didn't delete or do anything to my other drive while installing windows on this SSD.

The first HDD is the 300GB, while the SSD is the 128GB.


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