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Windows 7: Need to install W7 on new ssd drive

07 Dec 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional

Greg Rocker,

Thanks for your reply. If I can get my new SSD in USB enclosure to show up in Windows, I'll just clone the one in my laptop to it, but it will not show. Maybe it just needs formatting. I didn't do that before starting this tril and error project. I tried putting the new hard drive in the laptop, and booting to m old hard drive in USB enclosure, but it wouldn't boot that way.

The USB SSD shows in device manager. Is there some way to format it from there. By it not showing up in windows, I can't do anything with it.

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07 Dec 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP


Use Step 2.2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation from the Command Prompt accessed by pressing Control + Shift at first screen after you boot into installer, or via System Recovery Options

You may also need to reset BIOS to defaults and assure SATA controller is set to AHCI. Also if this is a UEFI BIOS there are special steps.
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07 Dec 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional

I installed the new SSD back in the laptop, booted from DVD, and presto, it's loading seven now. Still not sure what the problem was before, but it seems fixed now. Clean install on a new SSD will be squeaky clean and very fast.
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