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Windows 7: Clean install Win7 on external drive on different machine?


01 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 
Clean install Win7 on external drive on different machine?

I'm going to be rebuilding my wife's Dell Inspiron's Windows 7 installation because it is just dragging hopelessly (cursor can spin for 5 seconds upon right click of item in Windows Explorer). It will also be an opportunity to blow away all the cruft from the original Dell-supplied software that we never use!

This will take a while, and I'd like to minimize the down time for her.

Can I do the install (including drivers, etc.) on an external drive connected to my Windows 7 machine and then just image the result over to her boot drive (after suitable backups, of course!)?

A second question: I'm thinking of installing an SSD to speed things up for her, using a hard drive as the backup drive. What kind of capacity do I need to fit all of Windows 7 easily? Is 64GB enough, or do I need a 128GB to make sure there's enough room for apps on the SSD?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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01 Dec 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Installing on another system is possible but iffy. I would not do it. The little time you gain you may lose 10 times in trouble shooting.

2. I run all 3 of my desktops with 64GB SSDs (one since 4 years). But I would recommend 128GB. The price difference is not big. It gives you a bit more room - e.g. if you also want to run a virtual system. I am now upgrading this system to 240GB for that reason. I run Windows 8, Mint and Zorin in virtual on a Windows 7 host.
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01 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Installing on another system is possible but iffy. I would not do it. The little time you gain you may lose 10 times in trouble shooting.

2. I run all 3 of my desktops with 64GB SSDs (one since 4 years). But I would recommend 128GB. The price difference is not big. It gives you a bit more room - e.g. if you also want to run a virtual system. I am now upgrading this system to 240GB for that reason. I run Windows 8, Mint and Zorin in virtual on a Windows 7 host.
Thanks for your reply!

(I guess you signature "Keep it simple…" says it all!)
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01 Dec 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Everything else you need is here to get and KEEP a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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01 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Everything else you need is here to get and KEEP a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
That's a great resource! Thanks much!
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05 Dec 2013   #6

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by camner View Post
I'm going to be rebuilding my wife's Dell Inspiron's Windows 7 installation because it is just dragging hopelessly (cursor can spin for 5 seconds upon right click of item in Windows Explorer). It will also be an opportunity to blow away all the cruft from the original Dell-supplied software that we never use!

This will take a while, and I'd like to minimize the down time for her.

Can I do the install (including drivers, etc.) on an external drive connected to my Windows 7 machine and then just image the result over to her boot drive (after suitable backups, of course!)?

A second question: I'm thinking of installing an SSD to speed things up for her, using a hard drive as the backup drive. What kind of capacity do I need to fit all of Windows 7 easily? Is 64GB enough, or do I need a 128GB to make sure there's enough room for apps on the SSD?

Thanks in advance for the help.
Hi camner,

In addition to the information you have already received, you can purchase upgrades from your system at the below link:

Dell Inspiron Desktops Inspiron 620 Replacement Parts - Hard Drive, Memory, Battery & Motherboard | Dell

128 Gb should be better if you do not store alot of the data on the system.

If you have taken a backup then you can easily install windows:

http://dell.to/19boJUM

If not then you can create a bootable pen drive with the image of the windows:

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Then clean install the windows as suggested by Greg. Once done install all the relevant drivers:

Updating Dell Drivers

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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05 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Thank you SandeepP. I'll take a look to see if I have a Dell backup of this machine.
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06 Dec 2013   #8

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by camner View Post
Thank you SandeepP. I'll take a look to see if I have a Dell backup of this machine.
Hi camner,

Please check the same at your convenience and let us know. You can also request backup discs at the below link:

Request Backup Disks

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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06 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

The computer is out of warranty and is therefore not eligible to get discs from Dell.
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07 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post



Then clean install the windows as suggested by Greg. Once done install all the relevant drivers:

Updating Dell Drivers

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
Thanks. I do have a followup question.

When going to the Dell support site for drivers, there are quite a number of "recommended" drivers that seem to be specific for a given hardware configuration. For example, just to pick two:

1. Under video drivers, there are 6 recommended drivers, including nVidia Graphics Driver, nVIDIA Geforce GT530 (M208n) Graphics Driver , Intel Graphics Controller, v.8.15.10.2291, A01 , AMD Turks XT Radeon HD6670 (M208), v.8.812, A00 , AMD Caicos Radeon HD6450 (1G DDR3, M116 & ML116), v.8.812-110104a-112217C, A00 , and nVidia Nvidia M207(D12M2-25) GT420 (1G DDR3), v.263.11, A01 .

Surely it does't make sense that I need them all! Should I install them all or determine what my video card (or onboard chipset) is and just install the driver(s) for them?

2. There are 3 recommended wireless drivers listed: Dell Wireless 1502 WLAN Driver , Realtek RTL81XX PCI-E Network Connection, v.7.038.0113.2011, A01 , Atheros Wireless 1502 WLAN Mini Card Desktops, v.9.1.0.328, A01 . Again, install them all?

Thank you.
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