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Windows 7: How to install Win7HP x64 from disc on new SSD

12 Jun 2014   #1

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How to install Win7HP x64 from disc on new SSD

Hi guys first post here, I'm kinda new to desktop PC's have always been a laptop user but decided to get a desktop a couple of months back so I can tinker and learn a bit while I do it

Ok so my PC has a 1TB HDD in place and although its fine I do like the idea of running a smaller (128GB) SSD for the system and a larger 4TB HDD for storage of data ect, I'm sure it's a faily common set up these days.

So I have bought the bits 4HDD, no problem here I can manage this fine.
I got a 128GB SSD and also a 2.5 to 3.5 bracket.

What i need advise on is getting the system installed on the new HDD, is it as simple as just unplugging the HDD thats in there now plugging in the new SSD putting the Windows 7 disc in the disk drive and away we go?

I did a little reading up and got plenty of conflicting information and it just left me more confused than when I started.

So I thought would join here and hopefully get a clear picture of what I need to do.

If someone would be kind enough to help please be aware I'm on my first ever PC for only a couple of months and I'm not that tech savvy haha, so feel free to write like you are talking to an idiot

Best Regards and I look forward to any reply's.

Jay


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12 Jun 2014   #2

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Welcome to SevenForums Jay,
Yes you can treat your fresh ssd just as you would any clean drive. Place the Windows 7 CD in the drive and then install as normal.
When done just boot to bios and make sure your new ssd is either first in the boot order or second after the optical drive.
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12 Jun 2014   #3

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Thankyou for replying, I have read something about BIOS settings that need to be changed is this not correct? and also, I can do this with the new SSD right out the box or do I need to initialize it first?
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12 Jun 2014   #4

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Also you can reference many excellent tutorials here as well but really the computer, Windows 7 and the ssd will take care of themselves. Do your updates as well and many choose smaller blocks of updates but here again I just let 'er rip as they say. The speed of this whole process is so much faster it makes it a joy to install Windows ! Again welcome.....

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/?filter[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup
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12 Jun 2014   #5

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Take it right out of the box and place it in the rig, then as Windows starts it's install it will ask which drive you want to install to. You can also temporarily remove the sata cable from any other drives in the desktop to make this less confusing, then re-install sata cable once done.
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12 Jun 2014   #6

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Perfect, you're super speedy too

Look forward to trying it over the weekend.
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12 Jun 2014   #7

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Let us know if you have any issues, good luck and enjoy the new ssd, its life altering fast !
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13 Jun 2014   #8
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In addition to Alan's excellent help and encouragement, if your SSD is large enough I'd keep everything on it, but if not you can move the User folders off to the HD by copying them there, then rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums then set that as the default folder using Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums .


If that isn't to your liking you can move the actual Shell User folders that you use to the HD as you wish following User Folders - Change Default Location however you won't be able to use Windows 7 backup imaging since it will want to include the hard drive data partition deeming it a System partition since it has system files.


I would NOT move Program files off the SSD as this defeats the purpose of the faster speeds.


Feel free to ask back any questions. This tutorial compiles everything that works best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here since beta: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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13 Jun 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi,
Yeah there is something I wanted to check before I start attempting the transition tomorrow evening.
I'm guessing that my Windows 7 disc doesn't have all drivers and things as I got a Club Driver CD a Gigabyte CD and a Wireless CD as well so guessing I'll need to run those after the main Windows 7 disc is finished.

Also should I run into any issues can I just unplug the drive put my old one back in again and carry on until I figure it out?

Thanks for replying :-)
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13 Jun 2014   #10
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Yes, you can go back and forth between the drives after SSD install by booting your choice via the BIOS Boot Menu key. Set the SSD as first Drive to boot in BIOS. Trigger also the installation media this way to avoid problem if you use flash stick installer.


Please read how drivers are handled best in Windows 7 in the red portions of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as this is not XP, but the first driver-complete OS in the installer and via Windows Updates after installation. There normally are only a handful needing importing from the OEM device's Support Downloads webpage, not a driver disk that may be five years out of date.
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