Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive

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    Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive

    Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive

    How to Clean Install Windows on a MSATA (SSD) Drive
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    How to Clean Install Windows on a MSATA (SSD) Drive

       Information
    This tutorial would be applicable for any system shipped with a MSATA drive as a cache device using Intel Smart Response Technology (ISRT).

    This tutorial will show you how to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the MSATA drive instead.

       Warning
    Re-installation of Windows would delete everything stored on the system so make sure that you have backup of all your important data stored externally.



    Here's how you can start:

    First you need to prepare your BIOS for installing windows on the MSATA drive. We need to disable the Intel Smart Response Technology.

    Tap F2 at the startup to enter BIOS. Under SATA OPERATION change to AHCI from ISRT.

       Note
    For some systems it would be different combination to enter BIOS like pressing DEL key. Check your system manual for knowing how to enter BIOS.


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    Once it is done we need to clean both the drives. Boot from your Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation DVD/USB.

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    Open a command prompt at boot in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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    Once you are in the Command Prompt perform the steps below to clean both the drives.

    Type DISKPART and hit enter

    Type LIST DISK and hit enter.

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    Type SELECT DISK 0 and hit enter.

    Type CLEAN and hit enter

    Type LIST DISK and hit enter

    Type SELECT DISK 1 and hit enter.

    Type CLEAN and hit enter

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    Type EXIT and hit enter to exit from Diskpart.

    Type EXIT and hit enter to exit from Command Prompt.

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    This would clean both the disks and would delete all the data stored on both the drives. Press Restart button on the below window.

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    Boot from the OS disc or USB key and then you can install windows on either SATA or MSATA drive.

    To clean install Windows 7 see this tutorial:

    Clean Install Windows 7

    To clean install Windows 8 see this tutorial:

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    I hope this tutorial helps answers the question of many users about installing Windows on the MSATA drive.

    Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask it here or send me a PM.




  1. Posts : 12,120
    Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
       #1

    Very nice tutorial
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  2. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #2

    Nice one.
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  3. Posts : 3,724
    Windows 10x64 Build 1709
       #3

    Good job!
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  4. Posts : 5,605
    Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019
       #4

    Great work!

    I would have rep'd, but I must spread it around some more.
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  5. Posts : 1,007
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks all really appreciate it:)
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  6. Posts : 7,466
    Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
       #6

    Nicely done and you put Instructions down step by step makes it very easy
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  7. Posts : 1
    win 7 ultimate 64
       #7

    f.y.i


    if you are installing from flash drive make shure to connect it to usb2 inted of 3
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  8. Posts : 3
    Windows Pro 8 64 bit
       #8

    Hello, I'm trying to do a clean install of my Windows 8 Pro onto an SSD but when I do the clean install for some reason it keeps my wallpaper and certain functions from an older install. I was just reinstalling my Windows Pro because I was experiencing some issues with my Steam games. What can I do to fix this. I also have a "slave" drive which is for just backups and directing my install of programs to it.

    Thank you.
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  9. Posts : 5,605
    Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019
       #9

    Hi LCopJunior1973, welcome to 7F! :)

    LCopJunior1973 said:
    Hello, I'm trying to do a clean install of my Windows 8 Pro onto an SSD but when I do the clean install for some reason it keeps my wallpaper and certain functions from an older install.
    Don't quote me on this, but I believe your clean install really isn't clean and your previous user account is being carried over. And, then there is the prospect of "how many drives do you have?" and where is the active, healthy boot drive, and are you trying to dual boot different OS's from the same drive?

    We will need at the least a: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

    LCopJunior1973 said:
    I was just reinstalling my Windows Pro because I was experiencing some issues with my Steam games. What can I do to fix this.
    Not sure about the issuses, but until this gets straightened out you should get back to a bare-bones OS, 7 or 8.


    LCopJunior1973 said:
    I also have a "slave" drive which is for just backups and directing my install of programs to it.

    Thank you.
    Your welcome,

    The slave drive may be part of this depending on how its set-up, but at first glance it does not look like it.

    You may find better help if you want to stay with Windows 8 here: Installation & Setup - Windows 8 Forums

    In either case you should have better System Specs, did you fill in yours from memory? These two will help immensely and do it for you automatically.

    How to fill in your System Specs Tutorial for SevenForums. and EightForums.
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