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Help w/ starting my new build over

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Ive had some issues w/ my new build i started some months ago.....been derailed a couple times waiting for a gpu. Anyway, i have a legit copy of windows 8 id like to install.

My current setup has 8.1 from a key purchased online and the install has been trouble since the beginning; cant get windows updates to work, bsod every once in awhile, etc. I have the OS on an ssd and a hdd with games and other stuff on it.

I want to be able to completely start over, as in have no data on my ssd and hdd and start fresh. What steps do i need to follow for this to work? Do i need to clear the hdd, copy all the data from my ssd to my hdd, then clear my ssd and then start over by reinstalling the new OS on it? I cant clear the ssd because its my boot drive? How do i go about doing this?

Thanks for the help and sorry if its worded weirdly or extremely ignorant. I'm more then happy to clarify if needed and am just ready to get this done and over with at this point.
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Anyone?
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Originally Posted by mamoore9 View Post

What steps do i need to follow for this to work? Do i need to clear the hdd, copy all the data from my ssd to my hdd, then clear my ssd and then start over by reinstalling the new OS on it? I cant clear the ssd because its my boot drive? How do i go about doing this?


a couple of ways to do this. I suggest you make a boot CD from here:

http://www.hirensbootcd.org/hbcd-v152/


because it also has a lot of other useful utilities that you may need someday. You can use that to format your SSD. If you are having bsod somewhat regularly you have some bad hardware or a bad copy of Windows. Use a hash check program to verify your Windows copy.
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Thanks for the help!

First, what does the boot cd do for me as well as a hash check program?
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go into your BIOS and find the section that allows you to change boot order. Make your CD/DVD the first device to boot from and with the boot CD in the drive you can select any of the utilities on it. You will use that to format your SSD.

If you don't want to do that you can remove your SSD and take it over to another computer and format it there.

Hash checks allow you to check for file integrity. If your hash matches that of the source you can trust that it is a good copy.
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