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Windows 7: Windows 7 re-install limit

06 Mar 2014   #41

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I`m sure that was just an oversight on Gregg`s part. Unplug all the drives except the ssd, and make sure it`s on sata port 1 on the motherboard. Then do the install.

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08 Mar 2014   #42

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It would be best to install Win7 to DISK0 pictured there, to avoid having he System Boot files derailed onto it if you instead install to C.

A simpler solution if you can't unplug all other HD's besides C is to swap the data cable between DISK0 and DISK2. This will put Win7 hard drive in DISK0 position with no worries about reinstalling it.

But if you can't do any of that then another option is to convert the G and F partitions to Logical which format will reject the System Boot files so they will be written to C. How to Wipe Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Wipe Partition Help Video

Otherwise if you install Win7 to C with the others plugged in, it will place the System boot files on the first Primary partition and Win7 will be booted from another HD which is not desirable.

Once again, remember to boot the Win7 installer, delete C (If you use that HD) and then create New partition from the whole disk, format, install Win7. Use the drive option pictured in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7. If you install instead to Disk0, back up its data first and format the partition before install.
Based on my disk management, it looks like the drives are all switched around, correct? Can that be fixed, and how? Assuming it get's fixed, I follow this
If the Win7 target Hard Drive is in Disk0 position then you can install with the other HD's plugged in. Just be sure to choose the correct HD for install.

If not we'll need to help you avoid putting the boot manager on the wrong HD, so post back the screenshot of Disk Mgmt that Brian requested.
, correct? Is there special instructions since diak0 will be an SSD?

TY :)
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08 Mar 2014   #43
Microsoft MVP


If you can plug the SSD into SATA port 1 it may change to Disk0 in Disk Mgmt avoiding the necessity of unplugging the other drives.

Sometimes the BIOS won't cooperate though: Disk drive numbers may not correspond to the SATA channel numbers when you install Windows on a computer that has multiple SATA or RAID disks

In that case I already suggested how you can leave the other drives plugged in, by converting any preceding Primary partitions that are listed before Disk0 to Logical: How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard. Then there's no chance the boot files can be derailed to them as can happen when Win7 is installed to a disk which has other Primary partitions preceding it.
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16 Mar 2014   #44

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

@all who responded to this post,

I'd like to thank you for the help/patience, sincerely. I finished what I set out to accomplish, tyvm :). In the event something goes wrong, I will let you know.

Thx for everything :)
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