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Just got an SSD, am I over thinking the OS installation?

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August 20, 2013 8:59:30 PM

Hey guys, so my HDD died and I decided to replace it with an SSD. It just arrived today and I'm unsure what exactly I need to do to install it. I want to do a fresh install of Windows 7, using my old product key and a bootable dvd I made with an ISO file.

I have only installed an OS once or twice so I'm not 100% confident in the process and I have never used this ISO disk. Is there anything special I need to do? Do I partition the SSD and if so, what size? A quick Google search brings up all sorts of settings that need to be changed but not really where along the process you change them. Is it really this complicated or am I just over thinking it?

Should I just plug the SSD in and run the ISO disk and then change settings later?
a c 94 G Storage
August 20, 2013 9:10:15 PM

Just install the ssd in the first sata port (usually sata0) and then boot up with the windows install disk. There should be disk options at the beginning of the install. A quick format will be OK then install windows.
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August 20, 2013 9:41:51 PM

No excessive configuration is necessary.

For now you just want two main things; To make sure you switch your BIOS to ACHI (for TRIM support in w7), and to be sure you're using a sata III (6Gb/s) port if you have it.


edited to distinguish port from speed. sata 6 slot is not real. I meant to say sata 3 port (6 Gbps). thanks mbreslin it's pretty late and I just quickly googled sata 6 before posting :o 
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a c 94 G Storage
August 20, 2013 9:45:38 PM

rylt, is correct here. Set the BIOS to AHCI before windows install. You will have faster read/write speeds in AHCI.

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August 20, 2013 10:11:17 PM

Actually, it's the SATA III standard port, or SATA 6 Gbps.
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August 23, 2013 2:50:57 AM

Meety Peety said:
Hey guys, so my HDD died and I decided to replace it with an SSD. It just arrived today and I'm unsure what exactly I need to do to install it. I want to do a fresh install of Windows 7, using my old product key and a bootable dvd I made with an ISO file.

I have only installed an OS once or twice so I'm not 100% confident in the process and I have never used this ISO disk. Is there anything special I need to do? Do I partition the SSD and if so, what size? A quick Google search brings up all sorts of settings that need to be changed but not really where along the process you change them. Is it really this complicated or am I just over thinking it?

Should I just plug the SSD in and run the ISO disk and then change settings later?


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