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Windows 7: New Hard Drive-Help?

06 Jul 2009   #11
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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Hi Folks. I've just ordered a new hard drive which I intend to use as my main drive. I'm not very techy so I thought I'd better seek some advice on what to do with it when it comes.

My present situation(+see spec): I have two Samsung 500GB HDDs, the HD501LJ version, running from an Asus P5Q Pro mobo.

My c/ drive has been partitioned into 2x250GB with Vista x64 on one side and W7 build 7232 on the other. The other 500GB drive has my media files on it.

Vista was obviously installed first and then W7. So at boot I get a default of W7 or choose Vista as second choice.

I've ordered a 1 TB Samsung F1 32MB cache which is a really good price here at the moment. I figured that this would increase my space plus my speed as it is supposed to be a fast drive.

Where I'd like to be: I'd like to re create the same situation on the new drive-2 250 GB partitions with Vista and W7 on plus 500GB spare.
I would then like to use my two older 500GB drives as back up and storage.

Then I realised I don't really know how to do this ie connect the new drive, partition it, install the OSs and make it my boot drive.
I think I have only two SATA cables so I'll probably have to get one but where do I stick it?

I read that with this mobo I have to use the same socket on the mobo as my present c/ drive if I want to use it as my main boot drive.
I have plenty of sockets but if this above is true how do I do it? Can't get my head round the logistics of it.

Does anyone have the time to write me a baby talk run through please?

Thanks, John
Hi Ken. Thanks for getting back to me. This was my first post. In fact the thread isn't very long.
I've been awaiting the delivery of this drive and now I want to re create the dual boot I currently have and make the big new drive my main drive and use the other two 500GBs for backup and media.

Cheers, John


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06 Jul 2009   #12
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Hey john got you a new fancy hard drive huh?

The frist thing I would do is make sure you have plugged in the new hard drvie correctly (the SATA connection and power). Boot into windows 7 (from your installs on the other drives) and type in Disk Management in the start menu and hit enter. This will bring up the Windows 7 partitioner (which runs great). You should see your two 500GB(?) drives and your new unallocated 1TB drive. Right click on that unallocated space and hit new volume. It will bring up the wizard to create a new partition...just follow the steps and when it asks for the size enter it in Megabytes. Also go ahead and format it as NTFS....repeat for the other partition. Go ahead and do this for the 500 GB partition you want on the 1TB drive also. Get the install disc for Vista and 7 (I would install vista first) and restart the computer. If you want to be safe unplug all drives besides the new drive and boot the installation media when the computer restarts. Install vista as usual to one of the 250GB partitions and then reboot to install 7 to the other 250GB partition (the 7 bootloader should pickup vista with no issue). Replug in your other hard drives after the 7 installation and copy over your files as needed. Than go back to the partitioner and format those drives....your finished.

EDIT: Make sure to tell your BIOS (after you are done with vista and 7 installations) to use the 1TB drive as your primary drive!
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06 Jul 2009   #13
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thats fantastic Zidane. Just what I wanted. I'm gonna write out the steps and go for it.
As I said my OEM Vista disk is pre SP1 so I'll be ages before I'm back online I imagine.
I seem to have 4 unused SATA ports on my mobo. Does it matter which one I use?

Thanks a lot, John

PS. When you say tell BIOS do you mean go into BIOS>BOOT and specify 1TB drive as BOOT?
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07 Jul 2009   #14
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ok. I've done it and it's thanks to you three who gave me the info and confidence.
I've got both OSs on my new drive and I've got it set as boot.
All seems well and I've spent all evening at it. Vista took ages to install and still hasn't finished downloading 3 years of updates but W7 went on in about 20 minutes so I've been reconfiguring that to my liking and installing stuff from my other install.

Many thanks to you all, John
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07 Jul 2009   #15
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Ok. I've done it and it's thanks to you three who gave me the info and confidence.
I've got both OSs on my new drive and I've got it set as boot.
All seems well and I've spent all evening at it. Vista took ages to install and still hasn't finished downloading 3 years of updates but W7 went on in about 20 minutes so I've been reconfiguring that to my liking and installing stuff from my other install.

Many thanks to you all, John
Awesome John....I didn't see you online for awhile and when I checked my rep I seen you left me some (thanks for that) so I figured everything went quite fine....enjoy your new monster drive

Zidane
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