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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

23 Nov 2010   #140
Ukiii

Windows 7 Prof x64
 
 

Bare Foot Kid,

Thank you for your response. I actually do want to erase everything off the HD just to be sure that my clean Win 7 install is going to be.... well, simply clean! I have two disks and the one I want to clean is the one that I used for OS, programs, and games. I'm going to move whatever data I want to keep onto my second HD. In this case, how am I going to get the MBR back in place onto the one that I'm going to clean? is it generated while creating partition, or do I have to do something else? Any help on this would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Luc.


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23 Nov 2010   #141
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



The MBR is written to the new partition automatically when Windows 7 is installed.

Leave only the Hard Disk Drive you want to do the install to connected to the motherboard, just to be on the safe-side so you don't have to be concerned about your data and you can reconnect it after the install is complete and Windows is booting good.

Create a single 100GB partition to do the install to and other partitions can be created after the install using Windows 7 disk management.
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23 Nov 2010   #142
Ukiii

Windows 7 Prof x64
 
 

Bare Foot Kid,

+1 for the info

Cheers,
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23 Nov 2010   #143
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukiii View Post
Bare Foot Kid,

+1 for the info

Cheers,


Glad I could help mate!
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24 Nov 2010   #144
Ukiii

Windows 7 Prof x64
 
 

Bare Foot Kid,
It's me again with yet another question if you don't mind.

I intend to install Win 7 on a new SSD. My questions are:

1. If I follow your tutorial and create the partitions through diskpart, and create that 200MB reserved for system space, what letter is it going to have assigned by the Win installer?

2. Do I have to create that 200MB space? I'm sure I won't use dual/multi boot, however I read that it's good to have it anyway. Is that correct?

Sorry if the questions seem lame... It's just before I install the new OS on this SSD, I want to be sure that I'm doing things right...

Thank you.

Luc.
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24 Nov 2010   #145
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

The 200mb partition isnt assigned a letter and you will never need to refer to it.

If you just let windows 7 installer do its work, itl automatically create this partition.
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24 Nov 2010   #146
Ukiii

Windows 7 Prof x64
 
 

Thanks Swarfega,
If i'm to create that partition I would like it to be slightly bigger - hence use of diskpart and extending it to 200MB.

And what about it's usefulness? Please note I'm not going to use double/multi boot.

Cheers,

Luc.
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24 Nov 2010   #147
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I am trying to limit the number of things on my SSD drive, the OS and one other main program I use. Currently I have Mozilla and Chrome installed on my HDD. I have noticed that only IE will pull up a program called Gotomeeting correctly, Mozilla and Chrome will just hang the program and I have to close out of it. It has only been doing this since I installed the SSD drive...should I have Mozilla and Chrome installed on the SSD drive to get Gotomeeting to work correctly or does that even have anything to do with why Gotomeeting will not work correctly on these two browsers? I have a 64 bit OS.

Casey
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24 Nov 2010   #148
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukiii View Post
If i'm to create that partition I would like it to be slightly bigger - hence use of diskpart and extending it to 200MB.

And what about it's usefulness? Please note I'm not going to use double/multi boot.

Cheers,

Luc.
Hello Luc, here are some of the other uses of the System Reserved partition, hence the suggestion to create it at 200MB instead of the default of 100MB; we are now seeing issues with the default being too small.


I wrote this for another tutorial I haven't used yet.

Note   Note
  • It adds a link to the WinRe (Windows Recovery Environment) that is seen when the advanced boot options are accessed through the use of the F8 hot-key during system startup that can be used to recover from startup errors if a Windows installation / recovery disk is not available for use.
  • The partition is suggested for use with Windows Backup and Restore to function correctly, we're now seeing issues if not enough space is available for WB & R to use and creating a larger (than the default 100MB) SysResv partition may solve these issues.
  • It is used by Windows 7 BitLocker to store encryption information and will be created by the BitLocker program if it does not exist.
  • It creates a single location for the Windows BCD store that the system boot files are kept in, in a dual / multi boot situation and makes removing one of the installed Windows Operating Systems (OS) in a dual/multi boot very easy to accomplish if the need arises.


Hello Casey, I'm afraid I don't have an answer for you on that one.
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24 Nov 2010   #149
Ukiii

Windows 7 Prof x64
 
 

Bare Foot Kid,
Thank you for your reply. However I still didn't get an answer in regard to the following; can you have a look at this?

Quote:
I intend to install Win 7 on a new SSD. My questions are:

1. If I follow your tutorial and create the partitions through diskpart, and create that 200MB reserved for system space, what letter is it going to have assigned by the Win installer?
Thank You BFK.
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