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Windows 7: install ssd and keep all programs without a reinstall of windows

20 Jan 2015   #161
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

That really helps me. Not a user of the command prompt, didn't think that reformat would let me delete an operating system. Thank you. Will be doing it tomorrow.


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20 Jan 2015   #162
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I understand - command prompt is not everybody's cup of tea. I would use Partition Wizard and delete all partitions. With PW you don't get the usual Windows push back if you want to manipulate system partitions.


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20 Jan 2015   #163
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

As long as it gives me a blank HDD. Then I can proceed with moving my data, as you suggested in an earlier post. That may take me awhile, trying to sort what is a program file and what isn't. But, moving toward my goal in a positive direction. Thanks
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20 Jan 2015   #164
gregrocker

 

Use the Elevated Command Prompt to run Diskpart Clean Command.

I've now restated this multiple times to make sure it gets done correctly. If any less than Clean command is done then the boot code which is interfering with the SSD boot will remain even if you delete, recreate and/or reformat the partitions.
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21 Jan 2015   #165
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

@gregrocker

Since you are so adamant in me doing the clean command, I have it done as you asked, I hope.


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21 Jan 2015   #166
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks good. PW would have been easier, but that's OK. Now you can define partitions. I would not make 1 big partition on the whole drive. Just one Data Partition large enough for your data now and in the future. Note that the allocation units in Disk Management are in MBs and not GBs. So e.g. 200GBs are 200000MB

Reason: A big partition is not always easy to shrink with Disk Management (because of the MFT). It is a lot easier to leave unallocated space on the disk for future use - even if you want to extend the sata partition later.

But if you want additional partitions (in addition to the Data Partition) for other things, that's a different matter. Those you can define right now.
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21 Jan 2015   #167
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Agreed, just split it in half, put data on half, and data and disk images on the other.

Or even 3, 2 300 GBs each and a 331 GB for disk images.

And I agree with Wolfgang about using PW, it`s just sooooo much easier.
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21 Jan 2015   #168
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

Yes, would have been easier, at least for me. But gregrocker wanted me to do it with the command prompt so I did.
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21 Jan 2015   #169
gregrocker

 

If you'd used PW to wipe the HD it woudl have taken much longer since it has no real quick wipe, plus you were being advised to only delete the partitions when we'd already been through finding out that the drive was slowing your boot which can only mean boot code is interfering. Merely deleting the partitions does not get rid of this boot code, only wiping it.

It is frustrating that I'm still having to argue this when I spelled it out clearly several times already. I understand there are quite a few things going on in the thread, so maybe it isn't clear to all that your SSD has boot times which are a deal-killer.
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21 Jan 2015   #170
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

Sorry, you feel that way. But, your book smart and not a very good teacher for the unknowing. I'm sure you know the subject matter as you have passed that on. But then again you didn't know that when I did the disk alignment mine was good, at least understand and read the link you posted. Carry on my friend but just posting links is not the way to teach and help the novices. All in all though. thank you for your help. Patience with someone is a virtue.

Just so you know, I know too, a clean install is the best. But, it's the easy way out. Solve the question you were asked. If you don't know how, pass it to others.
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