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Is the SATA mode set to RAID? If so then you need to RAID driver for your mobo to load before you can see the drives to install on.

 

If not, then SATA driver may need to be loaded when the SATA mode is set to AHCI. 

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Sean, thank you very much for writing up this great guide! I have a personal print-out of it and used it for my build and my parents' computer, very helpful!

I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask though. I'll be formatting my PC soon, starting off with a nice fresh install of Windows 7. I have a single 500GB WD Caviar Blue.

1) Should I create a partition on my hard drive? OS on the C partition and everything else on the second partition?

2) Should the C partition be strictly locked down to the OS only, no other programs besides Windows 7? Or can I install small programs (MSI Afterburner, Steam, MS Office) and a couple of my most played games?

EDIT: Oh, and how big should the OS partition be?
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You can install 64-bit and activate it on the same serial key.
Did just that. Then tried to get the HD to be storage and messed up the SSD. Tried to do restore & that would not work. Tried to re-install & windows said I did not have enough space. tried to delete the 2 partitions. could only do one, the small one. When doing Windows 7 install I could not format SSD. Could not figure out how or what to do. Computer is now at computer repair shop.
Why won't Windows let a person do a format of some sort before it installs??
The repair shop is most likely going to have to take the SSD out & put into another machine & format. Which I could not.
Why is it not easy to put programs, data and anything else on a HD leaving the SSD for only important programs?
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Originally Posted by Forde3654Eire View Post

Sean, thank you very much for writing up this great guide! I have a personal print-out of it and used it for my build and my parents' computer, very helpful!

I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask though. I'll be formatting my PC soon, starting off with a nice fresh install of Windows 7. I have a single 500GB WD Caviar Blue.

1) Should I create a partition on my hard drive? OS on the C partition and everything else on the second partition?

2) Should the C partition be strictly locked down to the OS only, no other programs besides Windows 7? Or can I install small programs (MSI Afterburner, Steam, MS Office) and a couple of my most played games?

EDIT: Oh, and how big should the OS partition be?

Up to you. If you want do like a 60-100GB partition for OS and programs and the other for data files.

 

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You can install 64-bit and activate it on the same serial key.
Did just that. Then tried to get the HD to be storage and messed up the SSD. Tried to do restore & that would not work. Tried to re-install & windows said I did not have enough space. tried to delete the 2 partitions. could only do one, the small one. When doing Windows 7 install I could not format SSD. Could not figure out how or what to do. Computer is now at computer repair shop.
Why won't Windows let a person do a format of some sort before it installs??
The repair shop is most likely going to have to take the SSD out & put into another machine & format. Which I could not.
Why is it not easy to put programs, data and anything else on a HD leaving the SSD for only important programs?

Did you follow my guide for the new install? If you did you would be able to format the SSD and install and set up no issue...

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"Did you follow my guide for the new install? If you did you would be able to format the SSD and install and set up no issue..."

Yes I got the 64-bit installed over the 32-bit without a hitch.
It was when I tried to make the HD the storage only by changing some commands that windows 7 got corrupt. Wanted to put SSD back to brand new by formatting that did not work.
No matter, it is in the shop now costing me $80 +.

I am still asking - Why won't Windows let a person do a format of some sort before it installs??
and
Why is it not easy to put programs, data and anything else on a HD leaving the SSD for only important programs?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by AlpineKid View Post

I am still asking - Why won't Windows let a person do a format of some sort before it installs??
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Windows does. When you boot off the install media it brings you to the drive manager window:

 

There you can format, delete and create partitions easily before an install. 

 

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Why is it not easy to put programs, data and anything else on a HD leaving the SSD for only important programs?

Thanks.

it is...what did you do? You did something very wrong if you corrupted windows before doing what you did. TO install programs to a HDD just chose the advanced install option for them and select a location on the HDD for the program to install to. For data just move the user folders location over to the HDD.

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Hi Sean. Hi all.

Just having a bit of trouble with something. I made a lot of the changes you have recommended and everything worked great (Thanks!). Except....

I followed the guide for changing the default installation location in regedit. None of my shortcuts seem to be working now that are pinned to the start bar or even icons from the start menu. Also I have noticed that when I try install things the default is still C:\ not my and not my HDD. I guess it didn't work at all. Any suggestions?
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Hi Sean,
I currently have XP (32bit) on a HD and I want to A) - move to an SSD, and B) - upgrade to W7 (64bit).
I feel like I'd have an easier time by moving C: to the SSD first and upgrading straight onto that.
Am I going to run into any unexpected problems, with it being an upgrade rather than a clean install?
So far as I can tell, as long as the physical upgrade and the windows upgrade goes smoothly all I have to do is "enable AHCI SATA mode" in the BIOS.
It seems easy but I have a feeling I'm missing something, am I on the right track?
Thanks!
Pete
Edited by p1t1o - 4/7/14 at 5:32pm
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Many thanks Sean.
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Originally Posted by japsta View Post

Hi Sean. Hi all.

Just having a bit of trouble with something. I made a lot of the changes you have recommended and everything worked great (Thanks!). Except....

I followed the guide for changing the default installation location in regedit. None of my shortcuts seem to be working now that are pinned to the start bar or even icons from the start menu. Also I have noticed that when I try install things the default is still C:\ not my and not my HDD. I guess it didn't work at all. Any suggestions?

Don't mess with the registry to move the install location defaults. It gives people issues. I never done it personally. I simply run the advanced install options for my programs if i want them somewhere else.

 

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Originally Posted by p1t1o View Post

Hi Sean,
I currently have XP (32bit) on a HD and I want to A) - move to an SSD, and B) - upgrade to W7 (64bit).
I feel like I'd have an easier time by moving C: to the SSD first and upgrading straight onto that.
Am I going to run into any unexpected problems, with it being an upgrade rather than a clean install?
So far as I can tell, as long as the physical upgrade and the windows upgrade goes smoothly all I have to do is "enable AHCI SATA mode" in the BIOS.
It seems easy but I have a feeling I'm missing something, am I on the right track?
Thanks!
Pete

I've not done it myself, I always do clean installs. If you want to change the SATA mode to AHCI do it after the upgrade (follow my guide on changing sata modes)or before you do a clean install.

 

This may help with the upgrade: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-7-64-bit-when-i-have/80575880-524a-4d4f-83ac-50372286e4c6

 

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Originally Posted by Pilgrim3 View Post

Many thanks Sean.

:)

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