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Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive

How to Clean Install Windows on a MSATA (SSD) Drive
Published by SandeepP
26 Sep 2013
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How to Clean Install Windows on a MSATA (SSD) Drive

information   Information
This tutorial would be applicable for any system shipped with a MSATA drive as a cache device using Intel Smart Response Technology (ISRT).

This tutorial will show you how to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the MSATA drive instead.

warning   Warning
Re-installation of Windows would delete everything stored on the system so make sure that you have backup of all your important data stored externally.



Here's how you can start:

First you need to prepare your BIOS for installing windows on the MSATA drive. We need to disable the Intel Smart Response Technology.

Tap F2 at the startup to enter BIOS. Under SATA OPERATION change to AHCI from ISRT.

Note   Note
For some systems it would be different combination to enter BIOS like pressing DEL key. Check your system manual for knowing how to enter BIOS.


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Once it is done we need to clean both the drives. Boot from your Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation DVD/USB.

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Open a command prompt at boot in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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Once you are in the Command Prompt perform the steps below to clean both the drives.

Type DISKPART and hit enter

Type LIST DISK and hit enter.

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Type SELECT DISK 0 and hit enter.

Type CLEAN and hit enter

Type LIST DISK and hit enter

Type SELECT DISK 1 and hit enter.

Type CLEAN and hit enter

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Type EXIT and hit enter to exit from Diskpart.

Type EXIT and hit enter to exit from Command Prompt.

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This would clean both the disks and would delete all the data stored on both the drives. Press Restart button on the below window.

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Boot from the OS disc or USB key and then you can install windows on either SATA or MSATA drive.

To clean install Windows 7 see this tutorial:

Clean Install Windows 7

To clean install Windows 8 see this tutorial:

Clean Install - Windows 8

I hope this tutorial helps answers the question of many users about installing Windows on the MSATA drive.

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask it here or send me a PM.

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26 Sep 2013   #1
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Very nice tutorial


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26 Sep 2013   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one.
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26 Sep 2013   #3
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Good job!
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27 Sep 2013   #4
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Great work!

I would have rep'd, but I must spread it around some more.
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27 Sep 2013   #5
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks all really appreciate it
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01 Oct 2013   #6
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Nicely done and you put Instructions down step by step makes it very easy
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26 Jun 2014   #7
shaylourie

win 7 ultimate 64
 
 
f.y.i

if you are installing from flash drive make shure to connect it to usb2 inted of 3
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09 Jul 2014   #8
LCopJunior1973

Windows Pro 8 64 bit
 
 

Hello, I'm trying to do a clean install of my Windows 8 Pro onto an SSD but when I do the clean install for some reason it keeps my wallpaper and certain functions from an older install. I was just reinstalling my Windows Pro because I was experiencing some issues with my Steam games. What can I do to fix this. I also have a "slave" drive which is for just backups and directing my install of programs to it.

Thank you.
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09 Jul 2014   #9
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi LCopJunior1973, welcome to 7F!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LCopJunior1973 View Post
Hello, I'm trying to do a clean install of my Windows 8 Pro onto an SSD but when I do the clean install for some reason it keeps my wallpaper and certain functions from an older install.
Don't quote me on this, but I believe your clean install really isn't clean and your previous user account is being carried over. And, then there is the prospect of "how many drives do you have?" and where is the active, healthy boot drive, and are you trying to dual boot different OS's from the same drive?

We will need at the least a: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LCopJunior1973 View Post
I was just reinstalling my Windows Pro because I was experiencing some issues with my Steam games. What can I do to fix this.
Not sure about the issuses, but until this gets straightened out you should get back to a bare-bones OS, 7 or 8.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LCopJunior1973 View Post
I also have a "slave" drive which is for just backups and directing my install of programs to it.

Thank you.
Your welcome,

The slave drive may be part of this depending on how its set-up, but at first glance it does not look like it.

You may find better help if you want to stay with Windows 8 here: Installation & Setup - Windows 8 Forums

In either case you should have better System Specs, did you fill in yours from memory? These two will help immensely and do it for you automatically.

How to fill in your System Specs Tutorial for SevenForums. and EightForums.
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