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Windows 7: Looking for Help with a SSD install

12 May 2011   #21
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Again, the Paragon tools I listed in my post does not do backups or create/restore images. Do yourself a favor and over what I posted about the two programs, then check out the links.

Good luck.


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12 May 2011   #22
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You can either do a clean install. If you do that you may want to look at this tutorial. However, with a new drive the 'clean all' command is not necessary, you can try the tutorial by WHS Or, you can do it the easy way as Sygnus21 suggested with the Paragon Migrate OS to SSD. Either way you choose, to save space on the SSD most people Change the location of their user files. Which way you choose is up to you, but I would suggest the Paragon Migration tool.
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12 May 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

I would try the reimaging option first to get some experience with it and see how performance pans out.

Having the installation DVD gives you the option of doing a booted Clean Install whenever you're ready. You can also use it to boot for Repairs.

Here are some tips for getting a perfect clean reinstall - use the ones which apply: Reinstalling Windows 7
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15 May 2011   #24
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi guys,
I have been reviewing your post & tutorials, I have decided to get another SSD for my games (this is a gaming pc)so this is what I will have. The OS will be on a 64gb SSD, the second SSD 128gb will be for Games (Steam) and the 3rd will be for everything else. So I will have a program file on each drive. What programs should I keep on the OS drive? and if I am correct on the 128gb drive I shouldn't need to partition it. the 3rd drive will be a 1.5tb HHD. Any thoughts?
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15 May 2011   #25
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi guys,
I have been reviewing your post & tutorials. I have already saved everything that I wanted to save on another drive, so I'll be doing a new install like it is a new computer. I have decided to get another SSD for my games (this is a gaming pc)so this is what I will have. The OS will be on a 64gb SSD, the second SSD 128gb will be for Games (Steam) and the 3rd will be for everything else. So I will have a program file on each drive. What programs should I keep on the OS drive? and if I am correct on the 128gb drive I shouldn't need to partition it. the 3rd drive will be a 1.5tb HHD. Any thoughts?
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15 May 2011   #26
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I suggest on the OS drive, just the OS and most frequently used programs, other programs and user files on the 1.5TB.
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15 May 2011   #27
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi guys
Thanks for all your input and patience I think I got the sequence down
This will be my sequence of the install:
1. Shut down
2. Unplug the SATA cable from the existing HHD
3. Install the 64gb SSD and plug the SATA from the existing HHD into this one.
4. Insert the disk.
5. Start the PC, hit delete to get in the BIOS and check that the SSD is there.
6. In the bios set first boot device to dvd
7. Change onchip sata from IDE to SATA hit save.
8. Start pc and install the OS.
9. After the OS is installed, restart, go into bios and change first boot device to the ssd.
10. Start pc install video drivers.
11. Then do the alignment now?
12. Turn off hibernation.
13. Turn off pc and install 2nd ssd and restart check my computer to see that the second SSD is there.
14. Turn off pc install 3rd drive(1.5 HHD), restart and check my computer.
15. Move user folder to 3rd drive.
16. How do I put a “Programs files & Programs file (x86) on the 2nd and 3rd drive?
I'll be doing this next weekend
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21 May 2011   #28
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Guys
This where I am at. I installed the 64GB ssd for my boot disk. Perfect. I then add my 128GB ssd and the 1.5tb hhd.
In the bios and device manager all 3 drives show up.
in "My Computer" I have C drive the ssd 64gb as it should be, then I have an System reserved E drive 61.8MB of 99.9mb and the 1.5 F drive. but no 128gb ssd.
In disk Management the E drive is a partition of the 1.5 drive. I did format the 1.5 tb drive. but the E drive is still there.
In disk management the 128 gb ssd is shown as 119,24 gb unallocated. So what do I need to do with the 128Gb ssd and can I get rid of the E drive is a partition of the F drive?
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21 May 2011   #29
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Is BIOS set to ahci? If not, do not change it now. Open computer where it shows all drives and take a screenshot. Open and expand disk management and post a screenshot showing both the upper and lower sections. Also, go to device manager, expand ATI/Atapi Controllers and Disk drives. what controller is at the bottom of the ata/atapi section and do you see each disk in the disk portion of device manager.
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21 May 2011   #30
gregrocker

 

Did you leave the other HD's unplugged when you installed to the 64gb SSD? Is E:System Reserved on the same HD? It should not have a drive letter, so you can remove it in Disk Management.

It should not be on another HD/SSD if that's the case, unless that HD also has an OS and is booting independently via System Reserved.

While in Disk Mgmt, please maximize the window and post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu - attach file using paper clip in reply box.
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