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Win7 installation on Intel 520 SSD

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August 31, 2013 9:06:36 PM

Short Story.
Short Specs
Win7 Home
Phenom II X4 965 BE Overclocked to 4GHz
8 GB 1333 RAM
MSI 660 OC 2GB
Intel 520 180GB

I almost finished re installation now and running into some weird compatibility issues, where PC freezes at times, can not find yet the problem, so I am considering to do another reinstall.

So a few questions.

What is the main purpose of 100 MB System partition? If I manage to make a new install without this, would I loose any performance or Win7 features.
My main goal, if second reinstall will be needed is to get rid of this 100 MB partition for the simplicity of back up image (I own Acronis True Image Home 2010) - so I can back up only one partition, not 2.

How practically do Win7 install on Intel SSD to make only one partition?

During installation there is no way to get rid of 100 MB partition, since it was invented by Win7 (to my best understanding).

So, I found a possible scenario - take Vista installation disc and prep SSD with this Vista disc - it will allow to delete old partitions, hence all files will be rewritten (I know that formatting SSD is not a good idea) , next create one large partition on SSD (Vista doesn't create 100 MB partition), next abort installation and remove Vista ISO disc. Next insert Win7 ISO disc and install on already created (by Vista installation disc) only one partition. If I am correct, I should have Win7 installed on only one partition.
Is this going to work?

Advices really appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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August 31, 2013 9:23:40 PM

What is the main purpose of 100 MB System partition?

That is the boot partition. Let Windows do it. It brings zero performance decrease having that 100MB used for that partition.

How practically do Win7 install on Intel SSD to make only one partition?

You do not want to.

So, I found a possible scenario...
The Windows 7 install will create this partition.

Windows will be installed on one partition. That 100MB is boot information. Let it be. It hurts nothing.


Or...you could find some weird way around it being created. Then you can come back here the next day and ask why your PC isn't booting.
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