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hi everyone. I'm trying to do a fresh install of windows on my pc since I've just added an ssd. I'd like to install the os on my ssd and use the hdd for saving everything else but not sure how to install on ssd. when trying to install windows it only gives the options of installing to the hdd or some other place that has only 100mb of memory. what can I do to install on the sdd. is there anything else I should do during this process to set it all up since I'm a noob?
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post #2 of 14
first, make sure only your ssd is plugged in. you'll plug in the hdd later. set your ssd to ahci mode in bios if it isn't already. boot from windows disk...follow instructions.
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post #3 of 14
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when should I plug in the hdd. how will the pc know to save everything to the hdd and not the ssd?
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post #4 of 14
save everything you want to save to the hdd before you even unbox the ssd.

after Windows is installed to you ssd, THEN shut down and plug in your HDD. after you start back up, Windows will install the driver for your HDD, and then you can open its contents and do with it what you wish.

Most people tend to only have their OS, and a few critical programs on their SSDs...it's really your call though.
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post #5 of 14
in the meantime, there are many guides online for installing Windows to SSDs...maybe do some Googling before you tear into it :-)
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post #6 of 14
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thanx for the replies. just wondering where do I set the ahci mode in bios? I've gone into the boot options but dont see anything for ahci.
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post #7 of 14
it would be in the SATA mode area. Usually the options are IDE mode or AHCI mode. i don't have the same mobo, but it should be there somewhere.
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post #8 of 14
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for the life of me I can't find it. I'm looking in the advanced options but nothing. is there any possibility you just can't do it with some motherboards? really don't know where else to look. would it hurt to just not change the setting?
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post #9 of 14
hmm...i just don't have any experience with that mobo, so i can't tell you for sure. the ssd will work no matter what, but AHCI is a much better controller mode for fast hard drives, be it HDD or SSD.

what's the specific mobo you have? maybe another AMD user can chime in here for BIOS help...
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post #10 of 14
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the board I have is an asus m5a97. it's not a pro or evo model. I've completely gone through everything and can't find it at all. crazy. thanx for helping though
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