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Windows 7: option of MBR or GPT

26 Mar 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


The steps are in the tutorial to install in EFI mode. Otherwise set your DVD drive or USB flash stick first to boot in BIOS setup, not the EFI boot disk.

If install fails google the verbatim text of error code and number to see how others have solved it.

Follow these general steps to get a perfect clean reinstall of Win7, based on thousands we have helped with here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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27 Mar 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro x64

Hi Rocker. I have done clean installs on my 2 tb drives. I am taking a break before doing an install on the 500 gig drive. I already wanted to and did a full "clean all" with the elevated prompt of the 500 gig drive. After I install it it should be the first in the boot list.
Right now, if the computer has been running, and I am in 1 of the 1 tb drives, it will not allow me to "select" a drive in windows boot manager. The first 1 tb drive in the boot list is the same suspect drive where this problem started. If I let the computer turn off for a period of time, it will allow me to select a 1 or the other drive in boot manager. I plan to further test this when I format the 500 gig drive....I am hoping the problem will cease with that drive, and I can try a full "clean all" of the suspect drive. I am also going to be resetting up my first win 7 64 bit computer, which never gave me the problems this machine is giving me, and could conceivably use that drive in the older "cheapie" machine which is right now dismantled. I have checked the bios I have on the board, it is the latest.
Do you think the thought could be in the board, and would resetting the cmos be of any use? I will first do the tests, and even do a full "clean all" of the drive.
I have another question, which is off the subject. I am curious about any tutorials or threads about setting up an ssd drive, I just want to read up on this, like where you have the os on the ssd drive, and you are using other larger drives where you are storing stuff? I have no idea how this works, or even what terminology I would search for. I hope I am not sending it back, and what that will entail, this is my first build. I have heard that the crosshair board by asus is while a step above is actually less reliable.
Thanks, jeff
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27 Mar 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP


Clean All is a waste of time unless you're needing to make data irretrievable by most data recovery software. For the purposes of a cleaner slate, only the Clean command is needed and then only when there is evidence of corruption in the boot sector. Otherwise simply deleting all partitions during booted Custom Install using the Drive Options is enough - you can repartition at the same time, or just click next to have installer create and format one large install partition and commence install.

If SSD performance is not optimal try SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Forums .

Easiest is to rightclick to link your data folders on separate HD to the relevant Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums

Otherwise you can move your User folders to separate HD: User Folders - Change Default Location
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29 Mar 2012   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64
option of MBR or GPT

So now it works. windows boot manager working right. It's been an education. The only thing is it doesn't exactly recognize my logitech keyboard unless I have this Dell keyboard plugged in- but that was something I had tried repeatedly, so I stlll suspect that drive. But now it is #2 in the boot process. I guess there is a way to put the Dell keyboard drivers on a usb stick, for another thread. Thanks
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