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Windows 7: Reinstallation on SSD, how much GB needed for clean install?

21 Feb 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Reinstallation on SSD, how much GB needed for clean install?

I have a 256GB SSD; which has 117GB of FREE space available.

It ONLY has my Windows installation on it, and a few other key applications, while the bulk of my other apps and games are on a HDD via Steam Mover.

I now also have, a brand new ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard, and an Intel Core i5-4690K, and a new computer Case and I'll be using the rest of the parts from my current PC.

Essentially it will be the exact same computer, just with a new motherboard and a new CPU.

I am debating either (Option 1) using this...
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

Or (Option 2) partition the SSD and put a fresh clean installation of my Windows on the new partition, then gradually migrate data (ie My Docs, Etc) from the old to the new, and then just reinstall a few essential applications... the only catch being my Steam installation has a number of junctions created to the HDD using Steam Mover; so I'll presume that after reinstalling Steam, I'll probably have to copy the original from the old partition, over onto the new.

Then just gradually change size of the partition as things are moved over, and the old windows is no longer needed... until the SSD is just a single 256GB drive again...

But I am unsure as to whether or not I should attempt option 2 cause well I forgot just how much space a fresh and clean installation of Win 7 Ultimate 64bit will need; and what would I need to do to get it "reactivated" with Microsoft without having to go buy another copy that I can't afford?

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21 Feb 2015   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hmm personally I think you are for the sake of the cost of a new OEM going to have a lot of messing around to do like that tutorial lays out .

If it were me I would clone that drive to a spinner just to save my data (if it is only data you want to save) and then install the OEM onto that SSD after wiping it then just install my applications - it would not take so long and seems a simpler way to make the SSD your C: drive, and like I said just for the cost of an OEM.
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21 Feb 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I dont have an OEM...

Its a boxed retail copy of Win XP Ultimate 64bit...
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21 Feb 2015   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nyarlathotep View Post
I dont have an OEM...

Its a boxed retail copy of Win XP Ultimate 64bit...
Are you asking about Win XP or Win 7 ?

I use apx. 42 GB on a Win 7 64 Bit OS installed over 5 years ago.
No gaming, CAD, CAM, PhotoShop, ... etc.
I have over 100 programs installed, my DATA is stored on a spinner as the [D] drive.

Try WinDirStat and/or TreeSize free to see where your space is being used.
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

MS Win 7 requirements:
Windows 7 system requirements - Windows Help

Min space is 20 GB, I wouldn't use less than 60 GB
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21 Feb 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


Sorry, it's Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit!
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21 Feb 2015   #6
Microsoft MVP


You can migrate Win7 retail to any other hardware you want for life. Why would you need to buy another copy?

I would try doing the adaptive restore to see how it performs, then if not to your liking you can reinstall.
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21 Feb 2015   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Ok, I had no idea that the retail version could do that.

How do I try an adaptive restore?
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21 Feb 2015   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

This is what I've got, and I'm presuming its a retail copy...

There is nothing on it that says anything about it being an OEM.... and I've got another copy of Home Edition that IS, an OEM which I bought for another PC... and it actually does state that it is OEM...

But this Ultimate version, is in a plastic box that opens like a book, which in turn is slipped down inside this black cardboard sleeve.

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21 Feb 2015   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


The Paragon Adaptive Restore!

I'm an idiot! lol

I've been really freaked out about this new PC rebuild, and in fact I was preparing to do the Paragon Adaptive Restore when I missed on on prepping my USB Drive for it... and accidently deleted the volume on my Data Storage HDD...

Accidently deleted/recreated HDD Volume, did NOT format, need recovery

I've pretty much been in a tailspin panic ever since trying to do two things at once... finishing the new PC build, and trying to recover that lost partition... so, my head wasn't thinking right when you suggested trying the adaptive restore first for my Windows installation.

I will try that...

After I figure out what to do about my hdd accident...
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21 Feb 2015   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Put all your data on the hard drive, make your hardware changes. Create an install partition on the ssd (use the entire drive) align it and mark it active, and do a clean install on the ssd, do all rounds of windows updates, install your programs. Add your hard drive to the new system.

Done :)

Why are you storing data on the ssd ?
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 Reinstallation on SSD, how much GB needed for clean install?

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