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Ok guys, how do i go about formatting the HDD with Windows 7 on so that i can unplug it, install the SSD and install Windows 7 on the SSD?

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post #2 of 26
Go into your BIOS and change SATA mode from IDE or IDE+SATA to AHCI, save and exit.

Which SSD you got?
post #3 of 26
You don't really have to format the hdd. You can just unplug it, plug in the ssd, boot from the windows 7 cd and load windows. Afterward if you want to hook up the hdd again, just make sure your bios is set to boot from the ssd and then format the hdd through windows explorer.
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You should be able to format the HDD from the Windows Installer on the Win7 DVD (make sure to reboot once more with the HDD unplugged to prevent the bootloader from being installed to the wrong drive).
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post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by linkin93;14280953 
Go into your BIOS and change SATA mode from IDE or IDE+SATA to AHCI, save and exit.

Which SSD you got?

Thanks for that. I havent got it just yet, im still researching on how to install one and what one to get. Any preferences?
Quote:
Originally Posted by razaice;14280959 
You don't really have to format the hdd. You can just unplug it, plug in the ssd, boot from the windows 7 cd and load windows. Afterward if you want to hook up the hdd again, just make sure your bios is set to boot from the ssd and then format the hdd through windows explorer.

I am keeping my two hdds and adding the ssd...im not quite sure how to connect it to the psu? So even though Windows is still installed on the HDD, it will be fine to format and delete it in Windows Explorer and wont cause any issues?
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Originally Posted by railfan844;14280982 
You should be able to format the HDD from the Windows Installer on the Win7 DVD (make sure to reboot once more with the HDD unplugged to prevent the bootloader from being installed to the wrong drive).

Im getting mixed comments here regarding unplugging the HDDs or leaving them in and formatting during the windows installation?

Is it ok to just unplug the HDDs from the mobo or do i have to unplug them elsewhere?

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post #6 of 26
Just unplug the HDD SATA cable from whichever side is easier (mobo or HDD). I formatted my HDD after I installed windows to the SSD and plugged the HDD drive in so I could get rid of all the windows stuff from it, and then I copied everything over from my backup drives.
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post #7 of 26
No it shouldn't cause any issues to format the hdd after installing windows. I would just make sure the hdd is unplugged from the mobo during the windows installation since there's been reports of windows loading files on the hdd as well when it's plugged in during installation.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linkin93;14280953 
Go into your BIOS and change SATA mode from IDE or IDE+SATA to AHCI, save and exit.

Which SSD you got?

The BIOS option is under "SATA Mode" and the choices are probably "Compatibility/IDE, AHCI, or RAID".

Select AHCI or RAID.
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Don't install windows on to the SSD while windows is also installed on the other HDD. when it installs, it will configure for dual booting.
when changing to AHCI from IDE mode, you will BSOD trying to boot to the standard HDD>

I suggest
-unplugging the standard HDD and putting the SSD.
-then go into your bios and change hdd mode to AHCI from ide or whatever it's at.
-then boot to the windows install dvd and install windows to the ssd.
-when it's completed, shut down and reconnect the old hdd
-boot into the bios, change the boot order so that the SSD is checked before the standard hdd.
-reboot into windows. navigate to the old hdd and delete all of the windows junk off of it. -OR- the BEST way to do this though, is to back up anything from the standard hdd to an external and reformat it so the boot record is deleted and every trace of ever being your primary is gone. then move your saved data back to the drive after the formatting,
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Deagle50ae;14281289 
Don't install windows on to the SSD while windows is also installed on the other HDD. when it installs, it will configure for dual booting.
when changing to AHCI from IDE mode, you will BSOD trying to boot to the standard HDD>

I suggest
-unplugging the standard HDD and putting the SSD.
-then go into your bios and change hdd mode to AHCI from ide or whatever it's at.
-then boot to the windows install dvd and install windows to the ssd.
-when it's completed, shut down and reconnect the old hdd
-boot into the bios, change the boot order so that the SSD is checked before the standard hdd.
-reboot into windows. navigate to the old hdd and delete all of the windows junk off of it. -OR- the BEST way to do this though, is to back up anything from the standard hdd to an external and reformat it so the boot record is deleted and every trace of ever being your primary is gone. then move your saved data back to the drive after the formatting,

Many thanks for this! How do i reformat the HDD? In disk management?
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