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Windows 7: Pls. Help me get Things in Right Order - Making New SSD Primary Drive


25 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Pls. Help me get Things in Right Order - Making New SSD Primary Drive

Hi all

What is the best way (best order) to get my PC to run a new SSD as its primary drive?

Also, it'd be great if someone would mention when any settings need to be changed.

At the moment I boot into C: and have E: as back up.

So do I connect the SSD as a separate drive and install Windows 7 onto it?

Then do I set the other drives as slaves and get the PC to boot into the SSD?

And how is the slave thing done (if necessary)?

You get the idea...

Any help (perhaps a list) would be very much appreciated.

Best

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25 Aug 2012   #2

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Back up your data.

I'd probably make sure I had the Ethernet driver located and on a hard drive, CD, DVD, or USB stick before I began, so an Internet connection can be established when the install completes.

Decide where you want your data to ultimately reside--on the new SSD, on the old hard drive, whatever.

Disconnect the current hard drives.

Connect the SSD.

Install to the SSD by booting from your DVD drive with the installation disc. If you are offered the "AHCI" controller during the install, say yes.

Take a look in Windows Disk Management after the install to confirm you have a System Reserved and C partition of the expected sizes on the SSD.

Reconnect the old drive and restore data as necessary.

Reformat the old drive as necessary using Disk Management.

The master/slave thing is not used on recent PCs.

Windows will make a few necessary changes since it will recognize that you are now using an SSD.

You can check to confirm the necessary changes after you are done and correct them if necessary. Unlikely you will need to. Those things would include defragmentation set to "off" on the SSD, reasonable size for System Restore, and possibly turning off hibernation.

That's normally all you have to do. Installation is not much different than to a regular hard drive.

Update Windows and get anti-virus going.

The key point is to disconnect all hard drives other than the SSD before the installation.
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25 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

Is there any such thing as "Formatting" a new SSD ?

Have not heard of it so far, but wondering.
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25 Aug 2012   #4

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It must be formatted, just like any drive, BUT-----that is done as part of the installation process by Windows. You don't have to specifically issue a "format" command or tell Windows to format anything.
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25 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

Great !

Thank's for the quick reply.

The new SSD will have a recovery partition on it. If I do not remove the OS from the "old" HDD, (to save as back-up sys.) what happens to the recovery partition on it ?
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25 Aug 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post

The new SSD will have a recovery partition on it. If I do not remove the OS from the "old" HDD, (to save as back-up sys.) what happens to the recovery partition on it ?
What makes you think the new SSD will have recovery partition?

New drives of any type typically have nothing on them.

More details needed.

The typical way to have a "back-up sys" is to make an image of the new SSD installation and store that image on some other drive for possible restoration in case of a disaster. Or to rely on a Windows installation disk to do a clean install when needed.

If you intend to put the old drive in a closet rather than in your PC, then you can of course leave it as is. But, over time, that old installation will be outdated since it will no longer be receiving Windows Updates.

Typically, the old HD is re-used as a storage or backup drive in the new setup, alongside the SSD.
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25 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

The new SSD will have a recovery partition on it after the OS is installed on it, correct ?

Why can't I reboot with the old HDD, up-date it, then reboot back to the SSD ?
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25 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Many thanks, ignatzatsonic

As a provider of speedy, succinct and well laid out advice you are a rare and valuable beast indeed.

Have a great weekend.

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25 Aug 2012   #9
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The best practices to get a perfect reinstall are here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If your SSD becomes short on space, you can copy your active User folders to a HD, then rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.
Then delete the content of each User folder on the SSD.

The only recovery partition needed is to save a Windows 7 or other backup image of your completed install to one of the HD's to use in place of future reinstalls:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Macrium - Image your system
WD Acronis free cloning/imaging app
Seagate Acronis cloning/imaging free util
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25 Aug 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
The new SSD will have a recovery partition on it after the OS is installed on it, correct ?

Why can't I reboot with the old HDD, up-date it, then reboot back to the SSD ?
Wrong to your first question. A clean install does NOT include a recovery partition.

Recovery partitions are found on store-bought PCs such as HP or Dell because they are put there by HP or Dell. They are NOT part of an ordinary clean install.

As to your second question, I suppose you could do it, but why bother with such a clumsy and time-consuming method? You can restore an image of the SSD within 15 minutes or so with no updating. You can make a new image file every day if you want to, although most would regard that as excessive.
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