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Windows 7: Help Installing a New OS onto my SSD.

20 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Help Installing a New OS onto my SSD.

Hey, I recently purchased a Samsung 840 SSD, and a new copy of windows 7. I currently have windows 32 bit installed on my PC, but then new copy I bought is a 64 bit version.

If anyone could run me through the installation process of the new version of windows that would be great. I want to get rid of the OS I am running currently but keep all the files on my HDD, this meaning I want my SSD to be my C: with my OS and a few applications on it. Thanks!

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20 Jan 2013   #2


You don't need to buy a new copy of Win7 to use 64 bit. You're entitled to use either 32- or 64-bit with each license. So you can use the old key or move it somewhere else if it is retail. If its Factory OEM I would def use it to not lose it's $100+ value.

Unplug the HD, plug in the SSD to SATA 1 port. Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7
doing the partitioning you want at Step 6/7 or just click Next to have Win7 format one large partition and proceed with install.

After install, plug back in the HD to access its file, boot it if needed using one-time BIOS Boot menu key at boot. When ready you can wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command and repartition in Disk mgmt. Partition or Volume - Create New

That SSD should be large enough for OS, all Programs, the paging file set to Auto Managed, Hibernation file if you use that modern perfected feature in Win7, and your data. If it becomes tight copy User files or data off to HD the rightclick the copied User folder or data to link to related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums which is the easiest way to link data from the HDD and see it all in one view.
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20 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Edit: Nvm I fixed it, I'll be sure to post here the results of the rest of the installation.
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20 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Alright, I'm confused as to what I'm doing now. "After install, plug back in the HD to access its file" is the part I'm at, but by what you're saying it looks like I'll be deleting everything on my HDD, and I don't want that. I have the new Windows 7 installed on my SSD, all I want now is for the HDD to be usable as well but not be my C:

Is there any way to simply make sure it doesn't boot from the HDD anymore but I still can use all of my files? Because I've got about 1TB of stuff on there that I would rather not lose. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2013   #5


I'm sorry, but what is hard to understand about this?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
After install, plug back in the HD to access its files, boot it if needed using one-time BIOS Boot menu key at boot.
The SSD should continue booting first. If not enter BIOS setup to set it first to boot again.
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20 Jan 2013   #6
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Just go into the BIOS settings and set the SSD as second boot device. The CD/DVD reader should be first.

But if you want to make extra certain that the HDD never boots, use this program to deactivate the 'active' partition on the HDD. The controls are under the Partition tab > Modify.
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