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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on a new mSATA

26 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Installing Windows 7 on a new mSATA

I just ordered the Intel 525 120gb and waiting for it to arrive. I won't be cloning my current windows installation and will do a fresh install.

I have Y580 with a 1TB HDD, with all my files + programs etc.. Basically, I want to ask you if I will be doing the installation process right:

1) Install the msata on board.
2) Change the boot sequence in BIOS to boot from the SSD.
3) Install Windows 7 from a USB on the SSD.
4) Boot Windows 7 and install all drivers + apps.

Is the process right? Also I have two questions:
Won't I have two Windows 7 installation? Would that be a problem? Could I uninstall Windows 7 (while keeping my data files on the HDD) before I install 7 on the SSD?
Is their something I should do to enhance the performance of the SSD? Like installing Intel SSD toolbox and rapid technology?


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26 May 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Unplug the other HD's during install to the SSD.

Have your network LAN driver in the backup so if its not provided you can get online quickly to do all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).

Only import drivers still missing in Device Manager after all rounds of Updates are done with reboots, keep Checking for Updates. Device Manager - Finding Unknown Devices - Windows 7 Help Forums

After install plug back in the HD, shrink old WIn7 partition to move the User folders to a new data partition you make, rightclick each User folder to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums, or from the new Win7 you can move to HD the User Folders - Change Default Location - although moving User folders will make the new data partition on HD a System drive required to be included in Win7 backup images.

If there is a IRST driver it will be installed or you can install it from the mobo maker's Support Downloads webpage.
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