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Windows 7: How to install Win7 to new SSD drive

05 Feb 2010   #1
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 
How to install Win7 to new SSD drive

My system is Vista64 installed on a 500GB hard drive. I want to upgrade to Win7 and install it on a 64GB SSD drive. After installing Win7 I'll use my current C: drive as a data drive. I need to preserve my C: drive as bootable Vista64 in case I encounter some sort of compatibility problem with Win7.

I have the SSD drive operational now under Vista64 as drive E:. I have Win7 Upgrade on order & will receive it in a few days. The SSD is empty and formatted as NTFS with a single partition.

Problem: how to install Win7-64 on the SSD? I've come up with the following scenarios all of which seem to have problems.

1. Run Win7 Setup from Vista with Custom Install pointing to the SSD drive. There seem to be several problems with this:

1a: Win7 install may rewrite the MBR on my current C: drive, thus making it non-bootable as a Vista64 drive
1b: Win7 may create a multi-boot option on the C: drive making it impossible to boot directly from the SSD (which is what I want to do)
1c: Since my system boots off the C: drive, Win7 install may fail when it tries to reboot the system during the install process

2. Boot from Win7 DVD and install to SSD and with current C: drive powered on and enabled. I can do this by changing the BIOS Boot sequence to DVD, SSD, hard drive. But it seems there are still problems:

2a: Win7 will not register because it can't see my Vista install
2b: Win7 setup procedure might write something to my current C: drive and foul it up

3. Unplug power from current C: drive, boot Win7 DVD, and install to SSD. This is what I think I should do, but from what I've read I won't be able to register Win7 (again, because it can't see my Vista64 installation.)

I know about the registry hack option to register Win7 after a clean install, and I also know about the dual-install process to get it registered. It just seems like there should be a cleaner way to do the Win7 install. Is there?


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05 Feb 2010   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

When installing Win 7 remove your Vista HD.

I take at this your setup is:

SATA1=disk0=Vista
SATA2=disk1=HD for Win 7

When installing Win 7:

SATA1=disk0=Win 7

after installing Win 7, install HD2:

SATA1=disk0=Win 7
SATA2=disk1=Vista & DATA
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05 Feb 2010   #3
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 

Correct, my Vista C: drive is SATA0 and my SSD is actually SATA2 (I have a DVD/RW on SATA 1.)

Does Win7 Setup really care wich SATA port the drive is connected to? I agree the safest approach is to disconnect my current C: drive, but as I posted this seems to prevent Win7 Upgrade install from registering itself.
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05 Feb 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Theog's approach to unplug Vista drive during install is best. It will later allow Vista to be booted via BIOS shortcut Boot Menu key (usually F10 or F12) if you want to boot it instead of Win7 which will be set as first HD to boot.

At any point you can deactivate Vista drive by booting the Win7 DVD, selecting Repair, clicking through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Prompt and type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (replace # with Vista HD)
INACTIVE
EXIT

This will allow you to delete it in Disk management after moving data off it you want to clean off the MBR, or just delete the Vista system files.

Use one of the methods here to install Upgrade version to clean HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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05 Feb 2010   #5
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 

Thanks Greg, I'm thinking that's the safest way to go. My BIOS (ASUS P6T with American Megatrends BIOS) doesn't seem to have the F10 or F12 quick boot option but that's not a big deal. I don't mind switching the boot drive sequence from the main BIOS Boot screen if/when I need to, and I'd rather not have the MBR on my current Vista drive messed with.
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05 Feb 2010   #6
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Your Asus uses F8 to show boot menu...
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05 Feb 2010   #7
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 

Most Excellent!

Thanks.
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