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Windows 7: A sticky situation involving Windows on a SSD and HDD

30 Dec 2014   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Okay I will be the one to ask.

Zamaj did you or did you not replace the motherboard?
If you replaced the motherboard what motherboard did you install?

This information will help these good folks in their guidance.

Building a new PC means different things to different people.
To me a new PC always means a new motherboard is included.

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30 Dec 2014   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

I am most definitely using a different motherboard; everything is new except for the HDD, RAM, and optical drive, which I am reusing.

I was using the Pegatron mobo that came with my old HP, for my new build I'm using the a Gigabyte Z97x board.
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30 Dec 2014   #13

Windows 7 (64 bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zamaj View Post
I am currently building a new PC, and I am reusing my hard drive from my old one with Windows 7 on it. I have bought a new copy of Windows 7 and an SSD and I want to install and boot Windows from the SSD. My question is, how will this work with the old copy of Windows on the hard drive? I think it might have been better to wipe the old HDD while it was still in the old PC, but I've dismantled it now so that isn't really an option. I'm unsure as to exactly what steps I should take to get everything working properly. If anyone could provide some guidance, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
I built a new PC about six months ago and ran into similar issues.

I bought a new SSD to use as drive C, and used two old SATA drives for D and E. On the first attempt at installing Windows 7, it installed to drive D. Then I remembered, this old drive had been used as a boot drive.

Rebooting from the Windows CD, I deleted the partitions on all three drives, repartitioned each one, and continued the installation. To my surprise, Windows installed to drive D once again! (Now I'm really confused.)

To make a long story short: I had to unplug drive D and E and then install Windows 7 to the SSD. The installation went fine, and once completed, I powered down, reconnected drive D and E and rebooted.

Being a "permanent student of the school of hard knocks", I had forgotten to repartitioned drive D and had a boot up conflict because of two drives having active partitions. I then powered down, booted from the CD, repartitioned drive D, thus deleting the unwanted active partition.

We all live and learn , I hope this helped.

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