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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 onto SSD in a custom build PC

16 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Installing Windows 7 onto SSD in a custom build PC

Iíve recently purchased a custom built PC from a company and Iíve included in it an SSD for the operating system and programs, and a 1TB HDD for storage both are brand new with no data installed.

Once I receive the PC I will be installing my own copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Iíve read on a number of forums that I need to unplug the HDD before completing the clean install of Windows 7 onto the SSD otherwise the boot partition will install onto the HDD if I keep it plugged in. I canít find any user guides/videos tutorials for this situation so would appreciate it if someone could confirm if itís best to disconnect the HDD as I donít want to start taking the side of the case and unplugging the HDD if itís not required.

Thanks to anyone who can help with this.

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16 Oct 2012   #2
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I would unplug the HD, just power down, open the case and carefully pull the plugs out. Make sure you don't touch any electronics without first touching the case, and don't do it on carpet.

The problem is that the installer will write the System boot files to the first HD or Active partition, so if SSD is in Disk0 and there's no other Active partition it might be OK to install with both plugged in.
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 Installing Windows 7 onto SSD in a custom build PC

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