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Windows 7: Need to install W7 on new ssd drive


01 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Need to install W7 on new ssd drive

Do I need to do anything to the new ssd first, or just install the OS like I would a regular HD?

Thanks, Bill

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01 Dec 2013   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
Do I need to do anything to the new ssd first, or just install the OS like I would a regular HD?

Thanks, Bill
Just do it as regular HDD.
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01 Dec 2013   #3

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Thanks.
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01 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Disconnect all other drives first. Put the SSD on the first SATA port. Preferably, a 6Gb/s port. Also check your BIOS to see if AHCI is set or available. If it's set already, you're good to go. If not, you'll need to do a few things BEFORE setting it or your system will crash.

Forgot to ask, is this a new build or are you replacing a HDD with a SSD?
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01 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

It's a laptop, and BIOS shows AHCI is listed in a bracket beside something. Does that mean it's set.
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01 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I don't know enough about your BIOS to answer but it sounds like it. If this is a single drive laptop, have fun! The increase in speed of the drive alone will amaze.
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01 Dec 2013   #7
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01 Dec 2013   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
It's a laptop, and BIOS shows AHCI is listed in a bracket beside something. Does that mean it's set.
You have to set the AHCI in the BIOS AND in Windows.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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07 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Very frustrated and need help. I got my new SSD today, but I can not get the oem dvd to install on it. It keeps giving me different messages that make no sense. I believe I am using the wrong OEM DVD. The one I have is for a Dell Vostro 3700, and the computer I am installing on is a Dell Vostro 3750. I didn't figure this out until a few minutes ago. Could that be my problem?

So I decided to just use macrium reflect to clone my old hard drive on my Vostro 3750. I connected my new SSD by USB enclosure to the vostro, but Windows will not recognize it. This is the first time I have ever had a USB hard drive not be recognized and I have no idea what to do.

Can someone help me please?
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07 Dec 2013   #10
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You'll need to install the SSD internally if you want to clone or image over to it.

Is this a Dell Recovery or Reinstallation DVD? If it's Recovery there will be several disks in the set and it will contain all of the factory bloatware. Post back the verbatim error you're getting.

Better to use a fresh ISO for your licensed version downloaded from Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as long as the Product Key is readable on the COA sticker to input during or after install. This is a vastly better install anyway. Stick with the steps, use patience and you'll get and keep a perfect install.
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