Hi there, I'm new to Windows 7 and to this forum. I can't quite find what I'm looking for from searches or tutorials, so I'll ask from scratch. I'm modifying my desktop by adding an SSD and installing Windows 7 Pro 32-bit (prior OS is XP). The new OS is a full version, not an upgrade and this will be a clean install. The new SSD is a Corsair Force 3, 120 Gb. My MB is a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P with Core 2 Quad 2.67 GHz CPU. I have a number of hard drives for data and the new SSD will, of course, be my boot ("C") drive. I currently use a dedicated C drive for the OS and put all data on other drives.
My issue is that I am making two changes to my system at once (new SSD and new OS) and I've not done either of these before. I don't see any way to separate this into two steps. Since the SSD is very new, I assume that it has the necessary firmware and that it will install smoothly. However ...
Do I just replace the old Raptor C drive with the SSD and treat the SSD like any other drive or will it require any extra steps? I assume that it will need formatting before use. I would also like to create two main partitions: one for the OS and programs (I'm guessing around 60 Gb) and another separate one for other use.
If I install the SSD and then install Windows 7, will Windows know to deal with the unformatted SSD before or while installing itself, i.e., will it give me all the options for partitioning and formatting? (I'm used to XP handling things that way.) Also, will Windows 7 also automatically detect that it is an SSD and deal with the TRIM features, etc.?
Thanks in advance for any help.