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Windows 7: Clean installing Windows 7 on a SSD and wiping Windows 8 64bit

20 Jun 2013   #11
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The 32 gb SSD is meant to be a paging file to speed up the HDD, however we have helped users install the OS to it.

What's worked before is to pre-format the SSD so it will show up during install to choose for Win7 install. You can try doing this with Disk Mgmt or if necessary use Partition Wizard to Format Partition.

If the SSD does not show up first as DISK0 during install, the installer may write the boot files to the HDD since it writes them to the first Primary partition in order. For this reason I would try to disable the HDD in BIOS before install, or delete all HDD partitions and repartition it Logical using Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help so that boot files cannot be written to it.

You'll likely want to put your User files on the HDD and then link them to the corresponding Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. This avoids the HDD becoming a System drive if you move the User Folders - Change Default Location to it, although if you use an imaging app besides Win7's build-in one then that is not an issue.

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20 Jun 2013   #12

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

Take a reading below

Needs help on Installing SSD and using HDD as data drive on Inspiron 17r SE

It will tell you how to get to the hard drives .
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 Clean installing Windows 7 on a SSD and wiping Windows 8 64bit

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