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Windows 7: First custom PC build (Q's)

23 Mar 2011   #101
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Take a look in Disk Management after you restart with the Seagate connected.

It will probably be noted as a "primary" partition, but not much else.

Your boot drive will probably be listed as primary, boot, system, active, and maybe page file and crash dump.

If your boot drive is brand new, you might want to copy your personal files from the Seagate to the boot drive rather than move them. There is some chance your new drive will fail and they tend to fail early. If it makes it through the first few hundred hours, it has a good chance of lasting a long time---at which point you can delete the stuff from the Seagate.

I'd choose some type of backup software to copy your personal files periodically from the new drive to the Seagate.

You can also consider using images to back up Windows, but I wouldn't rely on images as a backup for my personal files.

I'd look at System Restore and set a limit on how much space you want it to take up. It can gobble up a lot of space if you don't set a limit.

Get a good antivirus going and make sure Windows is updated.


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23 Mar 2011   #102
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Shut down the computer, install the Seagate, turn on the computer, you should see a message windows is installing drivers. Go to start, computer and open computer. See if you see it. You should see your Western Digital as "C" and the Seagate. If it is there you should be good. If you do not see it go to Disk Management. It should show there. Right click on the drive. One of the options should be add or change drive letters. Click on that and assign it a drive letter. After that go back to computer and it should show up there and be usable.

Personal preference: I use computer to go everywhere so If you want to, go to start, right click on computer, click 'show on desktop'. That way it is always right there. Again this is a personal preference.
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23 Mar 2011   #103
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Be sure to install an anti Virus program as soon as possible. Many here recommend Microsoft security essentials. It is rated pretty good, and is free. I use it and Malwarebytes. Also windows is going to be downloading numerous updates. Everyone here has their own opinion. mine is look at the updates it is going to install. Keep looking until you find one that says SP1. In the left column, uncheck that one, do not download it. Download the others. It will tell you to restart the computer. When you boot back up, go to windows update and click check for updates. It will find more for several times. Install all except SP1. When you check for updates and it says there are no more updates, then download the SP1 update. It works better for me that way and doesn't cause problems.
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23 Mar 2011   #104
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
No, if you do it right.

Yes, if you plunge in blindly and do it wrong.

There are many tutorials on this site about how to do it right.

You need to plan and organize first. Read.
Could I please get a link to one of the tutorials?
Top of the web page you are viewing..... just below search and to the left, called "Tutorials"
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24 Mar 2011   #105
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Be sure to install an anti Virus program as soon as possible. Many here recommend Microsoft security essentials. It is rated pretty good, and is free. I use it and Malwarebytes. Also windows is going to be downloading numerous updates. Everyone here has their own opinion. mine is look at the updates it is going to install. Keep looking until you find one that says SP1. In the left column, uncheck that one, do not download it. Download the others. It will tell you to restart the computer. When you boot back up, go to windows update and click check for updates. It will find more for several times. Install all except SP1. When you check for updates and it says there are no more updates, then download the SP1 update. It works better for me that way and doesn't cause problems.
I couldn't install SP1 before I installed everything else anywau
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24 Mar 2011   #106
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Glad you got it up and running. Congtatulations on your first build. I know you are proud of yourself. Now, read the manuel. It will explain BIOS and all of the settings there and what they do. Good Job!
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24 Mar 2011   #107
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Glad you got it up and running. Congtatulations on your first build. I know you are proud of yourself. Now, read the manuel. It will explain BIOS and all of the settings there and what they do. Good Job!
Thanks, and I've read my Asus manual to learn about the BIOS and I will if necessary in the future!
About my Seagate hard drive, I said I have my old stuff on it... that includes Norton 360, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, my precious Minecraft saves ect. Will I still be able to use these? Or are they in-operable?
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24 Mar 2011   #108
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You will have to reinstall all of your applications if you did a clean install of Windows, and I believe you did. All you can copy directly from the old drive is your personal data.
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24 Mar 2011   #109
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You will have to reinstall all of your applications if you did a clean install of Windows, and I believe you did. All you can copy directly from the old drive is your personal data.
So I guess it wouldn't matter if the drive wasn't connected while installing 7?
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24 Mar 2011   #110
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It might matter if the old drive was connected while you were installing Windows to the new drive. Normally, you would not want the old drive connected because the Windows installation disc might try to put some files on the old drive and you would want all Windows files on the new disc.

Is that what you mean?
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