Can I install Windows 7 on an SSD with W7 still on a HDD?

I want to get a SSD to go with my HDD and use it for booting windows 7. I already have W7 installed on my HDD but i want to install it on the SSD without having W7 installed on both. My question is. Can you uninstall W7 on the HDD(without erasing the entire HDD) and then re-install it on the SSD and boot from it?
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  1. If you decide to go that route I would suggest you disconnect the HDD before installing Windows 7 on the SSD.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27425-63-uninstalling-windows-hard-drive
    If it is at all possible for you to backup the files you want to keep I would suggest you do that and format the HDD. You could also try to delete the Windows folder on the HDD after you have installed Windows on the SSD. Another solution would be to connect the HDD to another computer as an external drive and then delete Windows from the drive. I don't know of an "uninstall procedure" for Windows 7. When you reconnect the HDD, after installing Windows 7 on the SSD, and boot you may be prompted to select which version of Windows you would like to boot.
  2. kenrivers said:
    If you decide to go that route I would suggest you disconnect the HDD before installing Windows 7 on the SSD.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27425-63-uninstalling-windows-hard-drive
    If it is at all possible for you to backup the files you want to keep I would suggest you do that and format the HDD. You could also try to delete the Windows folder on the HDD after you have installed Windows on the SSD. Another solution would be to connect the HDD to another computer as an external drive and then delete Windows from the drive. I don't know of an "uninstall procedure" for Windows 7. When you reconnect the HDD, after installing Windows 7 on the SSD, and boot you may be prompted to select which version of Windows you would like to boot.


    If I delete the windows folder from the HDD will that pretty much remove windows from the HDD?
  3. i have a HDD which has windows 7 installed, a few months ago i purchased a SSD and i installed windows 7 onto this, i still have my HDD plugged in too which still has windows 7 on it, i still keep my windows 7 on my HDD as i still have a few games on there i need to complete, when i've finished with the games i'm going to wipe clean my HDD and just use it as storage, windows 7 on a SSD is so fast, you wont regret it!
    If you wanted to copy your windows 7 from your HDD to your SSD (to keep your programs etc) there's a few programs that will clone it for you, not sure what they are called, as for me, i wanted to start fresh so i installed windows 7 onto the SSD
  4. shaun88 said:
    i have a HDD which has windows 7 installed, a few months ago i purchased a SSD and i installed windows 7 onto this, i still have my HDD plugged in too which still has windows 7 on it, i still keep my windows 7 on my HDD as i still have a few games on there i need to complete, when i've finished with the games i'm going to wipe clean my HDD and just use it as storage, windows 7 on a SSD is so fast, you wont regret it!
    If you wanted to copy your windows 7 from your HDD to your SSD (to keep your programs etc) there's a few programs that will clone it for you, not sure what they are called, as for me, i wanted to start fresh so i installed windows 7 onto the SSD


    Ill try to do that. Have you encountered any problems while having Windows 7 on a HDD and a SSD at the same time?
  5. TheMadskater said:
    shaun88 said:
    i have a HDD which has windows 7 installed, a few months ago i purchased a SSD and i installed windows 7 onto this, i still have my HDD plugged in too which still has windows 7 on it, i still keep my windows 7 on my HDD as i still have a few games on there i need to complete, when i've finished with the games i'm going to wipe clean my HDD and just use it as storage, windows 7 on a SSD is so fast, you wont regret it!
    If you wanted to copy your windows 7 from your HDD to your SSD (to keep your programs etc) there's a few programs that will clone it for you, not sure what they are called, as for me, i wanted to start fresh so i installed windows 7 onto the SSD


    Ill try to do that. Have you encountered any problems while having Windows 7 on a HDD and a SSD at the same time?


    not at all, i went into bios menu and for boot options, i have SSD first, so it skips HDD. so my pc loads up windows 7 on SSD, if i ever need to load up my windows 7 from my HDD i go into bios menu and make my HDD first priority for boot option, so then it'll read the HDD first making it load up and skip SSD
  6. shaun88 said:
    TheMadskater said:
    shaun88 said:
    i have a HDD which has windows 7 installed, a few months ago i purchased a SSD and i installed windows 7 onto this, i still have my HDD plugged in too which still has windows 7 on it, i still keep my windows 7 on my HDD as i still have a few games on there i need to complete, when i've finished with the games i'm going to wipe clean my HDD and just use it as storage, windows 7 on a SSD is so fast, you wont regret it!
    If you wanted to copy your windows 7 from your HDD to your SSD (to keep your programs etc) there's a few programs that will clone it for you, not sure what they are called, as for me, i wanted to start fresh so i installed windows 7 onto the SSD


    Ill try to do that. Have you encountered any problems while having Windows 7 on a HDD and a SSD at the same time?


    not at all, i went into bios menu and for boot options, i have SSD first, so it skips HDD. so my pc loads up windows 7 on SSD, if i ever need to load up my windows 7 from my HDD i go into bios menu and make my HDD first priority for boot option, so then it'll read the HDD first making it load up and skip SSD

    Thank you for the help! If i delete the windows folder on my HDD will i loose anything else besides that folder? What will happen?

  7. You need a different key for each install.
  8. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    You need a different key for each install.


    Dont i have to get one by calling them?
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    I already have the physical copy of Windows 7. I have only installed Windows once form it
  10. 1 license needed for each install you are running.
  11. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    1 license needed for each install you are running.


    Oh ok
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