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Windows 7: Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot

09 Apr 2013   #1
Movick

7/64
 
 
Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot

Hello,

I'll give the "2 cent version" of my situation.

I have a dual-boot system (XP on mechanical HDD / Win 7/64 Pro on SSD). Recently, I had a series on infections damage my XP installation irrepairably and it is now time to move everything over to 7. I've just purchased a larger SSD to accomodate all of my programs and I'll need to re-install Win 7/64 on the new SSD. BTW...by "all of my programs" I am referring to latest builds, Win 7 compatible applications, i.e. Corel X6.

First, will I be able to re-install Win 7 Pro (OEM disc) on the new SSD without issue (same PC - new SSD)?

My BIOS is set up as AHCI for the SSD, and I am given the option to select Win 7 (default) or an older operating system (XP) - this was for the dual boot set-up. For now, I will keep the dual boot configuration, as I can still log on to XP in safe mode and transfer old data to external E-sata back up.

My second question is: once I physically swap out the larger SSD, how do I prompt the system to install Windows 7 from the CD-ROM drive onto the new SSD?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!!
Movick


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09 Apr 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Movick

If you're installing Windows 7 to the new SSD drive make sure only that drive is plugged in. Unplug the XP drive and the smaller SSD . What are you going to do with the smaller SSD drive that has Windows 7 Pro already? You may want to uninstall it from that drive before you could use the key on the new SSD .
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09 Apr 2013   #3
Movick

7/64
 
 

Hi VistaKing - thanks for the crazy fast reply!

"What are you going to do with the smaller SSD drive that has Windows 7 Pro already?"
It is only 64GB, hence I planned upon removing it completely from the PC, replacing it with the larger SSD. I'll probably keep it as an emergency back-up volume - good idea or no?

If I physically remove the old SSD, replace it with the new one and unplug the XP drive, would I simply boot from disc? What about the BIOS dual boot config - will it default to a single boot with the absense of the 2nd drive or will I need to reconfig BIOS beforehand?

Thanks again!!
Movick
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09 Apr 2013   #4
Movick

7/64
 
 

BTW..I should mention that I have an internal storage drive as well - should i unplug that as well for the re-installation?
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09 Apr 2013   #5
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

All drive must be unplugged . Just the drive you will be installing on must be plugged in. Disable the dual boot in bios .
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09 Apr 2013   #6
Movick

7/64
 
 

Thanks VK, please Forgive my redundancy in clarifying the details one last time - I'm a power user not a hardware guy.

(1) I swap the SSD and unplug the other two drives.
(2) I boot, go into BIOS and change the dual boot setting. May I ask where would I find this setting?
(3) I reboot or continue boot out of BIOS, insert Win 7 disc into ROM.
(4) Allow Win 7 to install on the new SSD.
(5) Power-off, re-plug 2 secondary drives.
(6) Reboot, BIOS set dual boot back to previous setting.

Did I miss any steps?

Thanks for the help - I hope my inexpertise isn't too annoying!

Movick
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09 Apr 2013   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Please post screenshot of disk management of current situation.
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09 Apr 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Movick View Post
Hello,

I'll give the "2 cent version" of my situation.

I have a dual-boot system (XP on mechanical HDD / Win 7/64 Pro on SSD). Recently, I had a series on infections damage my XP installation irrepairably and it is now time to move everything over to 7. I've just purchased a larger SSD to accomodate all of my programs and I'll need to re-install Win 7/64 on the new SSD. BTW...by "all of my programs" I am referring to latest builds, Win 7 compatible applications, i.e. Corel X6.

First, will I be able to re-install Win 7 Pro (OEM disc) on the new SSD without issue (same PC - new SSD)?

My BIOS is set up as AHCI for the SSD, and I am given the option to select Win 7 (default) or an older operating system (XP) - this was for the dual boot set-up. For now, I will keep the dual boot configuration, as I can still log on to XP in safe mode and transfer old data to external E-sata back up.

My second question is: once I physically swap out the larger SSD, how do I prompt the system to install Windows 7 from the CD-ROM drive onto the new SSD?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!!
Movick
So you do the dual boot now by using the win7 boot manager? So something like:
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09 Apr 2013   #9
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

In the bios change the boot device to 1 DVD 2 SSD
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09 Apr 2013   #10
Movick

7/64
 
 

Kaktussoft,

Yes, that's what I have. Need I config differently than VK suggested?

Thanks!
Movick
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