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Windows 7: looking to uninstall windows and reinstall on different drive

01 Apr 2012   #1
xdaveyy

windows 7 64
 
 
looking to uninstall windows and reinstall on different drive

Hey im new to doing this and have some questions. I have 3 ssd's. 60gb 120gb and 256. Currently the60 is not installed and may still have data on it from a previous pc build. Windows is installed on the 120 right now with the 256 being a second drive for my steam games. I want to erase all data on all of the drives and install windows onto the 60gb (new c drive) and make the 120 and 256 an e and f drive. Here are some of my questions.

Should i hookup the 60gb drive so my pc recognizes it and then go about reformatting and erasing all data from the 3 drives? Except the os.

Then after erasing all data do i delete the partition from the 120gb drive and reinstall to the 60gb drive?

Does installing windows to a drive automatically default it to the c drive?


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01 Apr 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I think I'd be inclined to disconnect the drives you are not using for Windows 7, install to the one you are, and then wipe the other drives.

This tutorial may be of help: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

The new installation will take drive letter C providing you have made sure no other drive is using it, hence the suggestion to disconnect all the drives except the one you're going to use for Windows 7.
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01 Apr 2012   #3
xdaveyy

windows 7 64
 
 

But what happens when i hookup the drives again and the.120 still has windows on it
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01 Apr 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You'll be booting into the 60 GB SSD so just go into disk management and wipe the 120 GB drive then repartition it.
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01 Apr 2012   #5
gregrocker

 

You may need to wipe the other HD with Diskpart Clean Command first to delete it if it has System Boot files on it. Then you can repartition in Disk Mgmt.

As long as you install to 60gb with others unplugged as suggested, keep it set as HD to boot first in BIOS setup, the other Win7 HD won't be booted but will be available to access files or wipe.
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01 Apr 2012   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You should use the Partition Wizard Bootable CD to

1. Delete all your partitions.
2. Create your partitions.
3. Mark the 60 GB drive active. ( It will not create the system reserved partition )
4. Take the disc out, drop in your windows disc, reboot and install windows.

This way you`ll have your hard drives listed C: D: E: etc. and your optical drives will be listed F: G: etc. Nice and neat.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
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