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Should I remove my HDD while installing Windows 7 on a SSD?

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November 28, 2013 12:19:48 PM

I currently have a single 2TB HDD which I have everything on. I am going tu buy an SSD and install Windows 7 on it. Should I remove my HDD while installing the OS on my SSD? Also, is there a way to uninstall the OS from the HDD once I have an OS on my SSD? Or should I just wipe the drive? I want to keep the HDD as a storage drive.

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November 28, 2013 12:32:05 PM

You can keep the HDD in if you like. Just make sure to select the right partition when you're installing - and you should probably get what you want off the HDD and format it.

Then you can repartition it as you like.

As for installing the SSD, just remember there are some tricks to get it to work in AHCI mode. I can't remember them, but just Google it and you'll have a guide.
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November 28, 2013 12:32:14 PM

Yes...have only the SSD connected while installing Windows. What happens is, the System Reserved boot info gets put on the 'other' drive. This is supposedly a protection concept.
If no other drive is seen, it is created on the primary drive.

No need to 'uninstall' from the other drive once it is all working. Just format it, and use as you wish.
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November 28, 2013 12:46:03 PM

USAFRet said:
Yes...have only the SSD connected while installing Windows. What happens is, the System Reserved boot info gets put on the 'other' drive. This is supposedly a protection concept.
If no other drive is seen, it is created on the primary drive.

No need to 'uninstall' from the other drive once it is all working. Just format it, and use as you wish.


I didn't know that. Listen to this guy ^^^
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November 28, 2013 1:37:13 PM

USAFRet said:
Yes...have only the SSD connected while installing Windows. What happens is, the System Reserved boot info gets put on the 'other' drive. This is supposedly a protection concept.
If no other drive is seen, it is created on the primary drive.

No need to 'uninstall' from the other drive once it is all working. Just format it, and use as you wish.


Thank you, will do.
One other thing. My MoBo has 3 SATA ports SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2. The SATA 0 port is blue while the other ones are black. What should I connect to what ports? SSD, HDD, Optical drive.
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November 28, 2013 1:55:35 PM

Kypav said:
USAFRet said:
Yes...have only the SSD connected while installing Windows. What happens is, the System Reserved boot info gets put on the 'other' drive. This is supposedly a protection concept.
If no other drive is seen, it is created on the primary drive.

No need to 'uninstall' from the other drive once it is all working. Just format it, and use as you wish.


Thank you, will do.
One other thing. My MoBo has 3 SATA ports SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2. The SATA 0 port is blue while the other ones are black. What should I connect to what ports? SSD, HDD, Optical drive.


Boot drive to SATA 0:
SSD - SATA 0
HDD - SATA 1
Optical - SATA 2
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November 28, 2013 2:27:24 PM

USAFRet said:
Kypav said:
USAFRet said:
Yes...have only the SSD connected while installing Windows. What happens is, the System Reserved boot info gets put on the 'other' drive. This is supposedly a protection concept.
If no other drive is seen, it is created on the primary drive.

No need to 'uninstall' from the other drive once it is all working. Just format it, and use as you wish.


Thank you, will do.
One other thing. My MoBo has 3 SATA ports SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2. The SATA 0 port is blue while the other ones are black. What should I connect to what ports? SSD, HDD, Optical drive.


Boot drive to SATA 0:
SSD - SATA 0
HDD - SATA 1
Optical - SATA 2


I see.
Is there anything else I should do/configure? Or am I good to go after this?
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