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Windows 7: Will A: vs. C: work as the Windows-7 System Drive?

05 Jan 2013   #1
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 
Will A: vs. C: work as the Windows-7 System Drive?

I would like to begin using an SSD in my older Tower.

I use W7-Pro-64 with 4GB's of Ram.

I would like to know if I were to install 7 on an SSD and assign the Systems Drive Letter to A:, if I would have any trouble with 7?

Additionally, would Applications like Office, BoostSpeed, Picasa, etc. install on C: as they did before or would they install on A:?

I'm hoping they are all going to install on C:.



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05 Jan 2013   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

A: & B: are for fopply drives, the OS needs to be installed to C:.
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05 Jan 2013   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

When correctly installed from boot Win7 will always see itself as C. If installed from another OS which blocks it from C, it will take the next available drive letter not including A or B.

Since entire generations have been born not knowing what floppy drives are, I don't know how much longer those letters and B will be blocked or if they are somehow available. Others might know for sure a way to claim them.
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05 Jan 2013   #4
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 

I used B: as my 3.5" Backup Drive for about a year with no bad effects that I know of.

I just wanted Forum Feedback as it might keep me out of trouble.

Have any other Forum Members tried this with a SSD?
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05 Jan 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Windows will always be C, you can`t pick a drive letter during an install.

You can install windows on a partition marked D when your in windows, but when you boot to that system it will still be C.
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05 Jan 2013   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

As long as it's being installed from booted installer so that the OS it's being run from doesn't withhold C.
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05 Jan 2013   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Exactly.
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