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So this is something that might be an easy problem to fix, I might just be retarded. About a month and a half ago my SSD crashed and I had to RMA it. When it crashed I couldn't figure out for the life of me what the problem was with my computer until I finally trouble shot everything in my PC ( along with OCN's help of course ). The SSD was giving me a BSOD and eventually just stopped booting windows 7 all together. Well in a frustrated rage I just decided to completely nuke everything on all my Hard drives and completely re install windows onto one of my 1TB HDD's. That worked fine and everything was back to normal, except for the fact that all my stuff was now erased from my HDD's.

So After about a month and a half I finally got my SSD RMA'd. I just got my refurbished SSD from Crucial today and this is where I have my problem. I don't know what will happen if I re install windows 7 onto my SSD when it is still on my 1TB HDD. Will it just replace the old version of windows? Should I just completely unplug my HDD while installing windows 7 on my SSD. But then if I do that what will happen when I plug the HDD back in and I have windows on both of them? I don't know what I have to do in this situation since I have never had to reinstall windows 7 onto a different HDD/SSD while it was already installed, so help would be appreciated smile.gif
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If you have both drives in, the computer will boot whichever version of windows is on the drive that is set in the bios to boot first.

If you are going to try and re-install Windows on the SSD (which I suggest you do) I would unplug the HDD first. Hopefully this drive works!
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If you have both drives in, the computer will boot whichever version of windows is on the drive that is set in the bios to boot first.
If you are going to try and re-install Windows on the SSD (which I suggest you do) I would unplug the HDD first. Hopefully this drive works!

Ok, what do I do with the old version of Windows then? can I just delete it or what? and how would I even delete it? I guess I could just format the drive that has the older version of windows.
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Ok, what do I do with the old version of Windows then? can I just delete it or what? and how would I even delete it? I guess I could just format the drive that has the older version of windows.

This. When I got a new SSD, that was exactly what I did. Just reformat your HDD when you have booted Windows on the SSD, and you'll be fine.
 
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so here is my problem. I unplugged my main HDD's ( one of which had my current version of windows 7 on it ) and then I installed windows 7 on my new SSD and installed all the drivers from my motherboard and the nvidia drivers and all that. Then when I plugged my other HDD's in after I was done installing all the drivers and everything on my HDD. The old HDD that windows 7 was on doesn't even show up now. I went to the partitioning and it just isn't there at all. It doesn't show up when I click my computer or anything. I have no idea why it isn't showing up on my computer. Anyone have any idea about this?

Also when I boot into windows it doesn't give me two options. It just boots directly into the SSD.

Nevermind I am just completely retarded....I have a Corsair 800D case and the Hard drive bays has one platform with all of the drive bay connections on it. I accidentally plugged into one of the HDD bays that didn't have a HDD in it... tongue.gif but I still didn't get the option to boot into two different windows 7. Either way, I just formatted my other drive that had my old windows 7 on it.
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but I still didn't get the option to boot into two different windows 7. Either way, I just formatted my other drive that had my old windows 7 on it.

You don't get the option because in the bios the SSD is set to be booted from first. Therefore it goes straight into that version of Windows 7. But then again Windows' bootloader should come up, but to tell you the truth I really do not know too much about it, I'm more of a GRUB guy!

If there is anything you need from that other windows 7 install, I'd change the priorities in the bios (or f8/f9 and choose which drive to boot from). You can always make a restore cd and boot that up on your ssd if your really liked what you had going.
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That is a fantastic guide, I use it every time I am working with SSDs!
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