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1) Just to be clear, install ALL hardware drivers and MB updates -> not just graphics cards. Oh, add "audio card" drivers as well to the list - especially if you have a sound card added like I do. You could also add printers/scanners, or wait until later as long as you don't turn them on until you DL'd directly from the OEM the latest drivers and ready to manually install them.

2) I recommend updating Windows before anti-virus. Once Windows has fully updated, then install anti-virus/firewall. The reason is that the anti-virus and/or firewall may interfere w/ Windows update. Had it happen to me more than once mad.gif In fact, for that same reason, if you have software on disc you want to install (ex. MS Word/Office or purchased games -> software you know for certain is 100% virus-free), you could install them prior to anti-virus as well, though I would hold off on DL any related updates until after anti-virus/firewall install & update. Basically, you just want to make sure you have anti-virus (and firewall if you don't use Win 7 default) before getting on the net and/or DL stuff.

3) Step 16 - good to verify that the bios is set for ACHI, but if it's not (since you should have set it to that prior to Win 7 install), then something went wrong.

4) Up to you, but once you have Windows 7 installed/updated + all hardware drivers and MB updates + anti-virus, you can go ahead and reconnect the 1TB drive. Speaking of which, all you need to do regarding the 1TB drive is to not connect the SATA cable.one one end. You can install it in the case, and depending upon what's easiest, just leave the SATA cable disconnected from either the drive or the motherboard (usually, it's easiest to connect to the HDD). You don't have to wait until all your programs are loaded before hooking the 1TB back up to the system. In fact, it might be a good idea to do just that.

5) After Windows 7 install/update, hardware drivers & antivirus, I would go through the SSD Windows 7 "tweaks" recommended in the guide I listed above before installing any more software. For that, it's better that you do have your 1TB reconnected since you'll be making changes to certain targets (ex. "My Documents" on 1TB D drive rather than SSD C drive).

6) With SSD tweaks and 1TB hooked up, now go ahead and finish other software install.

7) After software install done, now start moving saved files as warranted. Again, you might consider Fastcopy or Teracopy if you have a lot of files or small files to transfer.


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Edit: Probably goes without saying, but I strongly suggest you print hard copies or at the least make clear, detailed notes regarding the SSD prep for OS re-installation and Window 7 install itself. Unless you have another computer (tablet, etc.), you won't be able to consult the guides if you get confused mid-process.

Thanks guys for all the help!! smile.gif

I'm confused on how the programs on the hdd work..I understand that if you tell it to install in the same directory it will see thy it's already there but why don't you install programs in your hdd and only on your ssd? But programs take up the most space so you would want them on the hdd? I think I'd rather format the hdd too and start clean haha

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Thanks guys for all the help!! smile.gif

I'm confused on how the programs on the hdd work..I understand that if you tell it to install in the same directory it will see thy it's already there but why don't you install programs in your hdd and only on your ssd? But programs take up the most space so you would want them on the hdd? I think I'd rather format the hdd too and start clean haha

Yes I Have done this put OS on SSD and programs and games on a HDD but really I have found that is causes more problems when you do this. But it works if you have a small SSD. Good luck and enjoy your new M/B
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Thanks guys for all the help!! smile.gif

I'm confused on how the programs on the hdd work..I understand that if you tell it to install in the same directory it will see thy it's already there but why don't you install programs in your hdd and only on your ssd? But programs take up the most space so you would want them on the hdd? I think I'd rather format the hdd too and start clean haha

You lose a lot of the benefit an SSD brings (i.e. speed) by only having the OS on it. Your system will be much faster overall with all programs placed on the SSD as well as OS. I'm sure there's some benefits as well to having programs on the same drive as your OS in terms of compatibility/reliability. On the other hand, a disadvantage of SSDs is that their life span is adversely affected by write/erase. The more you write/erase on an SSD the shorter its life span. Same for a USB flash drive. Worst thing you can do to either is defrag them like you do with an standard HDD. Sure a program may update, but generally speaking, having just OS/Programs on an SSD limits excessive erase/write cycles since data tends to be much more frequently written and erased.

NOTE: That doesn't mean you literally can't have any data whatsoever on your SSD. For example, I leave my game saves on the SSD as long as I'm still playing a game. When I'm done playing, I'll move them to my HDD and archive for storage in case I ever want to play again. However, docs, pictures, audio/video files, backup files, "temporary folders, etc., all goes on my HDD. That SSD/Win 7 Guide I listed before is very good, and I highly recommend following it.
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