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I found it extremely easy just to install the programs/apps onto the same ssd and all the user doc/pic/music etc folders onto an HDD. Even after I installed the OS, apps and games I use most often, I still have about 57gigs left on my 128 M4.

If I need to retrieve something off my previous HDD install I just reboot into a separate saved bios preset and get it from there. Was useful to export certain settings. Once its done I reboot back into a saved preset for the SSD.
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*Extreme Beta* Guide on using current HDD as storage drive after installing a SSD.
If your personal data is backed up to another media just right click the HDD in Windows when you are done installing the new OS and click format.
If you can't save your personal data to another medium you can do...
Option 1: Okay option
Once you have windows installed you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files that may be on there as well)
Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
  1. Shrink the old HDD OS partition
  2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space
  3. Then move the personal files to the new partition
  4. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition
  5. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space
Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.

What is the difference of this with just reformatting the whole storage HDD after installation of OS in SSD?
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What is the difference of this with just reformatting the whole storage HDD after installation of OS in SSD?

What if the person can't back up their data? That 1 HDD is their only source. If they format they will lose everything.
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What if the person can't back up their data? That 1 HDD is their only source. If they format they will lose everything.

Hmmm, makes sense smile.gif
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Another thing, why do we always have to manually move and rename the bootx64.efi when installing from a USB flash drive UEFI mode? Why is that when we use the DVD installation of Windows 7, it automatically boots with UEFI?

I mean the USB drive boots at UEFI mode even without the \EFI\Boot\BOOTX64.EFI file present in it. So why is it needed?
Edited by kevindd992002 - 11/30/11 at 7:56am
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Another thing, why do we always have to manually move and rename the bootx64.efi when installing from a USB flash drive UEFI mode? Why is that when we use the DVD installation of Windows 7, it automatically boots with UEFI?

I mean the USB drive boots at UEFI mode even without the \EFI\Boot\BOOTX64.EFI file present in it. So why is it needed?

I can't boot the USB unless I do that step. Are you sure you can? I only needed to do it one time. I have a flash drive dedicated to windows.
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Another thing, why do we always have to manually move and rename the bootx64.efi when installing from a USB flash drive UEFI mode? Why is that when we use the DVD installation of Windows 7, it automatically boots with UEFI?

I mean the USB drive boots at UEFI mode even without the \EFI\Boot\BOOTX64.EFI file present in it. So why is it needed?

Newer Windows 7 DVD media contains the proper directory structure to boot under UEFI.

The "need" to do this all depends on where you got the USB install program from. For the purpose of the guide, it would have been too confusing to determine what installation media the install program you have on your USB drive came from (downloaded vs. DVD vs build, version etc.. )

By creating the folder and copying/renaming the EFI bootloader, no one gets stuck not being able to install under UEFI. For those that don't need it, it doesn't take long to ensure that it works the first time.
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My SSD is on the way and I'm going to use this guide!

How many gigs approximately will Windows 7 64 Bit take up on the SSD? I scanned OP & Q&A but didn't see anything.
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My SSD is on the way and I'm going to use this guide!

How many gigs approximately will Windows 7 64 Bit take up on the SSD? I scanned OP & Q&A but didn't see anything.

One time after installing Windows 7 Pro 64-bit I had ~38/59GB at first. Then after removing the pagefile, hibernation file, disabling system protection, turning off drive indexing, and turning off unused Windows 7 features I had ~52/59GB free. That is with out updates and drivers.

Now after the whole optimization guide and leaving system protection on I have ~48/59GB free when finished.

So basically Windows will take up ~ 7-11GB after the guide.
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Great news thanks. this should leave me plenty of room for Games/Programs/Apps for a long time.
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