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Windows 7: Installing Win7 Upgrade on new SSD

13 Feb 2010   #1

Installing Win7 Upgrade on new SSD

When I got my Windows 7 software I disconnected my current Vista-64 C: 500GB HDD, went into my BIOS and set the SSD as the first boot device, HDD as second, DVD reader as third, and then booted off the Windows 7 DVD. Since the SSD was the only drive on the system Windows 7 installed with no trouble.

After a couple of reboots I used the registry tweak to get the software activated. This worked with no problem. Then I went into the BIOS again and set AHCI mode instead of IDE mode and rebooted again. Windows 7 installed the AHCI driver for the SSD and came up fine.

I turned off the system, reconnected the HDD, and rebooted again. Now I had my old Vista C: HDD as drive F:. (My system has a DVD writer and a CD/DVD reader as D: and E:.)

I moved Page & Temp to the F: drive, turned off Indexing, and verified Trim was working. I switched My Documents to F: since I have a large set of pics & video files along with lots of other stuff. After another reboot it was just a matter of re-installing all my software. I've still got a couple of things to do, but there haven't been any problems except for one.

That one is AutoPano Pro - it simply crashes under Windows 7. I have an old version and haven't decided yet what to do about this. Maybe the panorama maker in Elements 7 will be good enough.

I did encounter one other problem which I haven't seen mentioned before anywhere. When I got the SSD I wanted to test it under Vista, so I had to initialize it. When I did that Vista asked what kind of format to use: GPT or MBR. I had not heard of GPT so I looked it up and found that it is a newer format designed for large hard drives. So even though my SSD is only 64GB I picked that one.

Mistake! Windows 7 said it could not install on GPT format so I had to go back to Vista and change the format from GPT to MBR. There is a commandline utility in Vista to do this. After that Windows 7 installed fine.

Right now my SSD shows 25.5GB used and 38.4 GB free. So I'm confident I won't have any space problems. I do have a couple more things to install (Streets & Trips take about 1 GB) but overall it's been a pretty smooth transition. I did have a couple of "Oh damns!" during the software reinstalls, but nothing serious.

I haven't done a defrag yet - looks like I should do some more research on that before I try it. And I need to do a benchmark comparison of C: and F: just to see how much faster the SSD is. It does boot noticeably faster than Vista on the HDD, and things like Word and QuickBooks pop up really quickly.

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