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August 19, 2013 12:55:23 PM

Ok first I have

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5QE/#specifications

Motherboard

and im buying

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as a new solid state drive

I have two hard drives currently in IDE

In order to get this new hard drive set up

I have to

screw it into the hard drive bay
hook up power + sata cables
Switch my system configuration from IDE to ACHI
Change the boot order to make my new hard drive primary
Then just reinstall windows on my SSD

Correct?

I wouldnt have to reformat my old hard drives or anything would I ? (i could just leave windows/any of the old games on there and just add my new games which i play more to my new hard drive?)

Did I miss anything?

Compatability issues? or is this as easy as I think ?

anything im missing/confused with please let me know. Thanks so much !

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a c 77 V Motherboard
August 19, 2013 1:47:57 PM

No, it's that easy if you're going with the fresh install path (which is better IMHO). I've done that a couple of times and it goes great just as you have it outlined.
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August 19, 2013 2:14:31 PM

Disconnect them, as in just the sata/power cable ?

Or like disable them in bios ?

Gonna read your links now, thanks !

Been years since ive done anything with my computer (and dont work with pcs) so just wanna make sure i have a clue what im doing
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a c 200 V Motherboard
August 19, 2013 2:18:08 PM

dc ezontheoz said:
Disconnect them, as in just the sata/power cable ?

Or like disable them in bios ?

Gonna read your links now, thanks !

Been years since ive done anything with my computer (and dont work with pcs) so just wanna make sure i have a clue what im doing


Just the data and power cables.

This ensures that the "System Reserved" boot partition actually ends up on the SSD drive.
With multiple drives installed, Windows usually puts that on a secondary drive. And if you ever remove that one, no boot for you.
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August 19, 2013 2:40:57 PM

Sounds simple enough, great advice.

As far as moving the OS to the new hard drive (I could care less about all the other crap currently on the hard drive)

Is it simplest to just clone it and move it to the new one ? Or is there a way to "deactivate" the windows 7 on there, and then just reinstall it from the cds (which I have) on the new one ?

I tried doing a google search and cant tell if there are issues "deactivating" and then "reactivating" windows on a new hard drive.

Again thanks so much for all the advice !
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a c 751 G Storage
a c 200 V Motherboard
August 19, 2013 2:59:27 PM

dc ezontheoz said:
Sounds simple enough, great advice.

As far as moving the OS to the new hard drive (I could care less about all the other crap currently on the hard drive)

Is it simplest to just clone it and move it to the new one ? Or is there a way to "deactivate" the windows 7 on there, and then just reinstall it from the cds (which I have) on the new one ?

I tried doing a google search and cant tell if there are issues "deactivating" and then "reactivating" windows on a new hard drive.

Again thanks so much for all the advice !


A fresh install on the SSD is easier and safer than any of the clone/migration options.
As far as 'deactivation', no problem there. Install, enter the key, try the online activation.
It should work. If it doesn't, call the MS phone robot. You'll enter a long string of numbers, it will read another long string back 6 groups of 6, I believe. It may ask "How many computers is this installed on?" You answer "One"

Poof....activated.

Then just blow away the install on the old drive.
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August 21, 2013 12:12:53 PM

Just because my SSD should get here in about 2 hours I figured I just wanted to confirm one last thing

The order in which I should do the above mentioned steps

I cant change the boot order and IDE/AHCI settings , until I hook up the new hard drive right?

So it would be like

screw it into the hard drive bay
hook up power + sata cables
Unhook old HDs
Switch my system configuration from IDE to ACHI
Change the boot order to make my new hard drive primary
Then just reinstall windows on my SSD
Then hook back up old hard drives?

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August 21, 2013 12:12:53 PM

Just because my SSD should get here in about 2 hours I figured I just wanted to confirm one last thing

The order in which I should do the above mentioned steps

I cant change the boot order and IDE/AHCI settings , until I hook up the new hard drive right?

So it would be like

screw it into the hard drive bay
hook up power + sata cables
Unhook old HDs
Switch my system configuration from IDE to ACHI
Change the boot order to make my new hard drive primary
Then just reinstall windows on my SSD
Then hook back up old hard drives?

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a c 751 G Storage
a c 200 V Motherboard
August 21, 2013 12:19:37 PM

dc ezontheoz said:
Just because my SSD should get here in about 2 hours I figured I just wanted to confirm one last thing

The order in which I should do the above mentioned steps

I cant change the boot order and IDE/AHCI settings , until I hook up the new hard drive right?

So it would be like

screw it into the hard drive bay
hook up power + sata cables
Unhook old HDs
Switch my system configuration from IDE to ACHI
Change the boot order to make my new hard drive primary
Then just reinstall windows on my SSD
Then hook back up old hard drives?



And then, incorporate the changes from overclock and sevenforums linked above.
After that, have fun!
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August 21, 2013 12:41:20 PM

And then, ive been reading it over now

Thanks again, have been an incredible help !
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August 21, 2013 6:03:53 PM

Crap

So I did everything correctly (or so I thought) booted it up, went into bios changed all the settings. Rebooted and it didnt recognize it anywhere. Turned it off, opened it up, checked the cables were secure. Now it boots up, immediately turns off, then boots up and stays on.

No video signal at all

Trouble shooting trying to figure out what the problem can be, but no luck so far.

Definitely getting concerned I screwed something up somehow, though I cant imagine what
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