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Windows 7: Format needed for new SSD and HDD in Windows 7 fresh installation?


06 Oct 2012   #1

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Format needed for new SSD and HDD in Windows 7 fresh installation?

I am putting together my own computer and am putting in a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD. Seems as I cannot get a definitive understanding of whether or not I need to format and partition each of these drives. I want to install Windows 7 on the SSD and use the HDD for other programs and data. So do I format and not format each of these drives?

Thanks,
Fred B

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06 Oct 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

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06 Oct 2012   #3
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Welcome fredly, yes besides the tutorials linked to by ICit2lol, the HDD should be formatted to NTFS.
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06 Oct 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Welcome fredly, yes besides the tutorials linked to by ICit2lol, the HDD should be formatted to NTFS.
Ooops yep missed that Gary
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06 Oct 2012   #5

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All drives have to be formatted, BUT------

You don't have to specifically format the SSD---it will be formatted automatically when you install Windows.

You will have to format the HDD and that can be done several ways. Easiest is to use Windows Disk Management when you make a partition on the HDD.

Leave the HDD unconnected when you install to the SSD. After Windows is running on the SSD and is updated and all is well, then connect the HDD and have your way with it.
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06 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

If you let the Windows 7 installer format and partition your SSD you will get a 100 Mb system partition along with a C partition. If you want to avoid the 100 Mb partition, you should format and partition the SSD first and then install Windows 7 to that newly created partition.
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