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Windows 7: Help me avoid a future problems

29 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Help me avoid a future problems

Hi guys,
3 months ago my WD Raptor died on me. I had a primary partition with Win 7 on it.
Now I have 2 hdds, 1st Samsung 320GB 7200rpm T166 with a logical partition ans 2nd Seagate LP 1000GB 5900rpm with a primary and a logical partition.
Now I have Seagate 1st primary partition System Active and Samsung logical partition boot where I installed Windows 7.
I know it doesn't look good but after the Raptor failed I was certain that the Samsung had a primary partition.
In two weeks I will have an SSD and I want to install Windows 7 on it and I want to make the SSD System Boot, so it would boot the OS independently, without the hdds.
Can someone explain me how/what should I do?

PS: I don't want to lose any data.

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29 Nov 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

What do you want to do?

When you get the SSD, disconnect all other drives and install Windows to the SSD. The process is no different than installing to a HDD.

Then reconnect your other drives and consider what to do with the data on them.
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29 Nov 2011   #3


If you want to recover the System boot files into Win7 on a Logical drive, unplug all other HD's, swap Win7 HD to DISK0 cable, set Win7 HD first HD to boot in BIOS setup after DVD drive, boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to convert it to Primary partition, mark it Active, boot into DVD or Repair CD System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times to write the System boot files to the Active partition.

After repair plug back in other HD, delete 100mb partition using PW CD Wipe Partition utiliity or Diskpart Delete Partition Override command.
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29 Nov 2011   #4
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you have an installation disk, the easiest is to reinstall - as Ignatz says. That way you get all the SSD settings automatically.

If you want to transfer your current installation, the easy way is to use the Paragon Migration Tool. It does all the settings for you with 2 clicks. It is absolutely foolproof. But it costs you $19,95.

If you want to venture into a "custom OS transfer", follow my tutorial: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System But there are certain possible pitfalls and you have to act carefully.
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30 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I will install win 7 on the SSD.
Is there another way? I dont want to open my case and unplug any cables.
I have a 2.5 rack, I have to slide the SSD in and Im done. The rack is connected to the ICH8R SATA ports 0 and 1.
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30 Nov 2011   #6

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Installing with only one drive connected is the best way.
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30 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So I disconnect the data SATA cables only?
After Ive finished the windows 7 installation and reconnect the hdds, what problems/conflicts can I expect?(missing partition/data, bsod, unbootable system)
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30 Nov 2011   #8

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by florini View Post
I dont want to open my case and unplug any cables.

Disconnect the power cables to all drives other than the SSD so they cannot spin or be written to.

If you DON'T do that, you have a pretty good chance of having problems.

If you DO that, you have only a small chance of any problems and almost no chance of a problem that can't be solved on this forum---assuming a new SSD and a fresh install is all you are planning.
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30 Nov 2011   #9


If you can't unplug cables, then enter BIOS setup at boot (by tapping the key given on first screen) to disable any other HD's besides Win7 HD.. Follow the steps I gave exactly..
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11 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

OK guys, Im back and I want to thank you all for the support.
I installed the ssd, disconnected the hdds power cable, installed the os+apps, reconnected the hdds power cable, everything went almost flawlessly.
I got 2 freeze ups/black screens but I discovered that they were Avira Premium Security Suite 2012 fault, so I changed security app and no more black screens.
After Ive finished installing everything I tested my hdds with HD Tune Pro and my Seagate 1TB drive gave me 2 warnings(Reallocated Sector Count 1870, Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 2).
Can I fix this? How much time do I have?
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