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Hi guys, im gonna be getting an SSD very soon and am going to use it as my boot drive. Anyway, i was watching a tutorial and the guy said if you are using it as your boot drive then you need to remove your current HDD that is your boot drive and replace the SSD? Cant i just install the SSD with my two current HDDs and install Windows on it? Obviously i would format the HDD with Windows on first.

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Unplug the HDD's while installing Windows to avoid compatibility issues, but otherwise you're fine. Leave them in after Windows is done installing.
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Yea you'll be fine. Make sure you reformat those HHD's. Heres a good guide to use for setting up your SSD before the install.

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html
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Yes sir.
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Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz View Post
Unplug the HDD's while installing Windows to avoid compatibility issues, but otherwise you're fine. Leave them in after Windows is done installing.
Oh ok, so just unplug the two HDDs, plug in SSD, install Windows, then replug in the HDDs.

What happens to the HDD with Windows already installed on? I format the drives when reinstalling Windows so in this case do i have to do it in the OS?
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post #6 of 8
You don't need to unplug the spinning hdd's, you can fromat them during the windows install.
Make sure to set your bios to boot from the ssd.
Here's a couple nice guides for setting up your ssd-

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=82516

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...mp-Utilities-*
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post #7 of 8
Why do we need to unplug the HDD's? Cuz thats going to be a hassle for me.
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Thanks for the links guys....they are very helpful! So is it ok to format the hdds during the Windows installation on the SSD or not? I dont understand what happens to the other HDD with Windows 7 on if i unplug it and then plug it in again. Even though the PC will boot from the SSD, will the existing Windows installation on the HDD be a problem? The only way i know how to format the HDD after Windows install is in the disk management section.

Basically, how do i format and remove the existing Windows 7 install from the HDD so i can install it on the SSD? Could someone outline a step by step approach from having the SSD in its packaging to having it running Windows 7 please? Would be much appreciated!


Thanks!
Edited by 8564dan - 7/20/11 at 5:19am
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