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Still a little confused on how to set up SSD + HDD

post #1 of 9
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So here is the thing. I already backed up all my files and folders and I am ready to switch from my HDD to my SSD. I understand that it's as easy as unplugging my HDD and hooking up my SSD, and just reinstalling Windows, but I need to know how to reformat my HDD so I can use it as a storage drive after I install Windows 7 on the SSD.

I can't just hook up the HDD and SSD with Windows 7 installed on both, can I? Wouldn't that mess things up by having 2 boot drives?

So how can I format the HDD (which still has Windows 7 on it since I can't just format my boot drive which I am in Windows) after I installed Windows 7 on the SSD? I don't have access to any other PC's atm.
post #2 of 9
Why not just unplug the HDD, install Windows on the SSD, then plug in the HDD but make sure it's not set as the main boot priority, so make the SSD priority 1 and the HDD 2 or 3 or not a priority (if you can); then once you're in windows (via the SSD), format the HDD.
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post
Why not just unplug the HDD, install Windows on the SSD, then plug in the HDD but make sure it's not set as the main boot priority, so make the SSD priority 1 and the HDD 2 or 3 or not a priority (if you can); then once you're in windows (via the SSD), format the HDD.
Can you do that? I thought Windows would get corrupt or something if I did it like that. If it is really that easy, I will do it that way.
post #4 of 9
I plugged in my SSD only and installed windows, then plugged in my HDD then deleted all the windows stuff off of the hard drive and just kept my data. Works perfect
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Can you do that? I thought Windows would get corrupt or something if I did it like that. If it is really that easy, I will do it that way.
Why would Windows get corrupt? Windows will be on the SSD, nothing to do with what's on the HDD.
post #6 of 9
connect up ssd and boot windows disk from bios, format harddrive turn off pc dissconect data cable for hdd and reboot installing windows to ssd.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post
Why would Windows get corrupt? Windows will be on the SSD, nothing to do with what's on the HDD.
I'm not sure. I always thought that having Windows installed more than once it would act like having 2 boot partitions messing with each other or something.

Thanks for clearing things up.
post #8 of 9
just format the hdd 1st before installing windows.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post
Why not just unplug the HDD, install Windows on the SSD, then plug in the HDD but make sure it's not set as the main boot priority, so make the SSD priority 1 and the HDD 2 or 3 or not a priority (if you can); then once you're in windows (via the SSD), format the HDD.
Yep, in BIOS just set to boot from the SDD first and it will load right up. Then in disk manager just reformat the HDD if you already have the stuff you want to keep backed up. Having both with a copy of win 7 for a couple of minutes is no biggie at all.
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