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I will be doing a fresh install/upgrade on my new ssd to windows 8. I want to keep my old hdd for spare storage but contains the old OS (windows 7). Is there anything i need to do to prevent any conflicts between the ssd and hdd and the OS's when I begin the install? Or when formatting the hdd will that clear the OS and any potential conflicts? Or do I need to do a complete wipe of the hdd? Thanks in advance
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  1. Have only the SSD connected when you install the OS.
    Change the BIOS boot order as required.
    Then you can reconnect the HDD and wipe as necessary.
  2. USAFRet said:
    Have only the SSD connected when you install the OS.
    Change the BIOS boot order as required.
    Then you can reconnect the HDD and wipe as necessary.


    When you say wipe do you mean a complete wipe using a wipe program? Or just format?
  3. CaptainSprinkles said:
    USAFRet said:
    Have only the SSD connected when you install the OS.
    Change the BIOS boot order as required.
    Then you can reconnect the HDD and wipe as necessary.


    When you say wipe do you mean a complete wipe using a wipe program? Or just format?


    Either.
  4. Be mindful of the existing System Reserved partition on the old HDD. That needs to go as well.
  5. USAFRet said:
    Be mindful of the existing System Reserved partition on the old HDD. That needs to go as well.


    And by this you mean erase also? Is there any special instructions to clear the partition?
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    CaptainSprinkles said:
    USAFRet said:
    Be mindful of the existing System Reserved partition on the old HDD. That needs to go as well.


    And by this you mean erase also? Is there any special instructions to clear the partition?


    In Disk Management, you can remove that partition.
    Ideally, what I would do is save anything necessary off the whole drive and just reformat the whole thing.
  7. USAFRet said:
    CaptainSprinkles said:
    USAFRet said:
    Be mindful of the existing System Reserved partition on the old HDD. That needs to go as well.


    And by this you mean erase also? Is there any special instructions to clear the partition?


    In Disk Management, you can remove that partition.
    Ideally, what I would do is save anything necessary off the whole drive and just reformat the whole thing.


    Everything I want saved has been saved already. Looks like I'll just reformat the drive. Thanks for the help, you sir are a scholar and a gentleman =)
  8. CaptainSprinkles said:
    USAFRet said:
    CaptainSprinkles said:
    USAFRet said:
    Be mindful of the existing System Reserved partition on the old HDD. That needs to go as well.


    And by this you mean erase also? Is there any special instructions to clear the partition?


    In Disk Management, you can remove that partition.
    Ideally, what I would do is save anything necessary off the whole drive and just reformat the whole thing.


    Everything I want saved has been saved already. Looks like I'll just reformat the drive. Thanks for the help, you sir are a scholar and a gentleman =)


    Bingo. And here is someone who has planned, instead of "auuugghhh! How do I get my stuff back!"

    Enjoy your new SSD.
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