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post #1 of 34
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So im a little stuck. Can someone give me a step by step list on what to do? I have an old HDD that atm i'm trying to delete everything on it, which im having trouble doing. then I need to connect the SSD and unconnect the HDD which I know from looking at Seans windows 7 install guide. Anyway can someone give me the basics to help me along with this process?

Also atm I clicked shrink.... under the C: drive while in computer management. it's querying volume for available space right now. I'm very confuzzled ?_?
Edited by karnige - 2/21/12 at 3:06pm
post #2 of 34
Shrinking a volume means you're creating a new partition on the old hard drive. You don't want to do that right now.
It's probably best to setup a backup on the old hard drive, reinstall windows on the SSD, and then restore the backup to the SSD.
post #3 of 34
Wait...you are simply re-installing the OS onto the SSD? Or are you trying to migrate the OS?

If you are re-installing just follow my guide as is. http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds

If you are doing a migration you need to do a few things, but a re-install is best.

Let me know what you are doing. wink.gif
post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Wait...you are simply re-installing the OS onto the SSD? Or are you trying to migrate the OS?
If you are re-installing just follow my guide as is. http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
If you are doing a migration you need to do a few things, but a re-install is best.
Let me know what you are doing. wink.gif

All I want to do is delete everything on the HDD so I can do a clean OS install on the SSD. I'm just confused on the steps.. im slow :/

Also I dont need to backup anything since I dont plan on carrying any of it over. I want a completely clean process... like the comp is bran new smile.gif

Also having the drivers and things for the mobo, I need to download that before deleting everything? Seems redundent
Edited by karnige - 2/21/12 at 3:10pm
post #5 of 34
to clean your HDD (courtesy of Sean Webster tongue.gif)
1.Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
2.Type list disk, press Enter
3.Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
4.Type clean, press Enter
5.Type create partition primary, press Enter
6.Type active, press Enter
7.Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
8.Type assign, press Enter
9.Type exit, press Enter

hope thats what your looking for to clen/wipe your HDD thumb.gif
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post #6 of 34
Before anything:
Make sure your SSD is already formatted with a filesystem like NTFS. Turn off your computer, hook up the SSD as a secondary drive, and see if it is detected. If not, go to Computer>Organize>Folders and search options>"View" tab>uncheck "hide empty drives in computer folder".

If your SSD doesn't appear, then start>search>disk management. From there you should see the SSD's volume and you can format it to NTFS there.

So now that your SSD is detected:
If you don't have any important data on your HDD, the easiest/fastest thing to do is put your Windows DVD into your optical drive, turn off your computer, hook up the SSD as the primary, and the HDD as the secondary drive (opposite of what I first listed). Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD first, "press any key" to begin the new installation. When you're at the screen that lists the two drives, you can select your HDD (should be D:) and under drive options you can click format. This will wipe the HDD clean.

Then select the SSD and install Windows on it. Tada!
post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by karnige View Post

All I want to do is delete everything on the HDD so I can do a clean OS install on the SSD. I'm just confused on the steps.. im slow :/
What is so confusing? Set the mobo sata mode to AHCI and follow the steps one by one...

Start at:

Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format:

End at:

Immediately after installing Windows:



Quote:
Also I dont need to backup anything since I dont plan on carrying any of it over. I want a completely clean process... like the comp is bran new smile.gif
Cool smile.gif Make a system image of it once you finish the reinstall tho.
Quote:
Also having the drivers and things for the mobo, I need to download that before deleting everything? Seems redundent
If you have a mobo cd then you do not need to download them before, if not you do and put them on a USB or CD.

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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

to clean your HDD (courtesy of Sean Webster tongue.gif)
1.Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
2.Type list disk, press Enter
3.Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
4.Type clean, press Enter
5.Type create partition primary, press Enter
6.Type active, press Enter
7.Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
8.Type assign, press Enter
9.Type exit, press Enter

hope thats what your looking for to clen/wipe your HDD thumb.gif

You forgot teh bold! And do that once you install the OS on the SSD and plug the HDD back in.
post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

What is so confusing? Set the mobo sata mode to AHCI and follow the steps one by one...
Start at:
Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format:
End at:
Immediately after installing Windows:
Quote:
Also I dont need to backup anything since I dont plan on carrying any of it over. I want a completely clean process... like the comp is bran new smile.gif
Cool smile.gif Make a system image of it once you finish the reinstall tho.
Quote:
Also having the drivers and things for the mobo, I need to download that before deleting everything? Seems redundent
If you have a mobo cd then you do not need to download them before, if not you do and put them on a USB or CD.
You forgot teh bold! And do that once you install the OS on the SSD and plug the HDD back in.

So begin with Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format:
Both the SSD and HDD should be connected when doing this?
post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by karnige View Post

So begin with Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format:
Both the SSD and HDD should be connected when doing this?

1. Yes
2. No, if you read the first post over it says to have all other drives disconnected. smile.gif

Quote:
The Checklist:
  1. Read your motherboard manual! This saves you the hassle of asking which port is which and much more...almost everything is in there!
  2. If your hardware is overclocked please revert to stock clocks for installation to prevent data corruption.
  3. Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS. Use RAID if you are going to use a RAID array or Intel SRT. (AKA: SSD caching, guide below)
  4. Check to see if ACPI 2.0 in the UEFI/BIOS and enable it if it is there, if not then don't worry about it.
  5. Check and see if there is an update to the firmware of you SSD/HDD and update if necessary. (Links here)
  6. Disconnect all the drives but the one you are installing to. You will reconnect them in step 5 of "Immediately after installing Windows." This is to prevent the installer from installing the Windows 7 boot partition on another drive in the system.
  7. If you are using a SSD use the native Intel or AMD SATA 3Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s ports, I advise that you do NOT use the Marvell ports for your SSD/HDD.
post #10 of 34
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Alright I am going to do these steps now. I <3 u all for the responses and will probably have more questions soon, but for now HERE I GO!
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