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Getting an SSD how do i set it up for boot drive?

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December 23, 2013 6:47:42 PM

hello, i am getting an intel 530 120GB SSD that i want to use as a boot drive, first off how do i get windows onto it?

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December 23, 2013 7:00:36 PM

Just select the SSD as the install destination in the windows installer, and install as normal. If you don't feel comfortable with being sure you pick the right drive, unhook the sata cables for any other drives just to be safe before installing.
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December 23, 2013 7:02:49 PM

Pretty simple.
Mount the drive (install the device in the case, hook up the power and data cable)
put your windows disk into the optical drive and boot to it. Windows will ask you where you want to install itself, select the new SSD, create the partition, format it, and click next.
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December 23, 2013 7:07:01 PM

how about if i dont have the CD?
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December 23, 2013 7:14:46 PM

AchillesViper said:
how about if i dont have the CD?


If you don't have a copy of windows, buy one. If you have a legit key you can boot from a thumbdrive with a custom installer on it.

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December 23, 2013 7:30:54 PM

Then you can download and .iso of your version of windows you have a product key for, Then you use a program like Poweriso or magiciso to write the image to a disc, or you can install it to a USB drive and boot from that (my fav option)
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December 23, 2013 7:55:44 PM

where can i get a .iso of my windows?
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December 23, 2013 8:06:32 PM

well what version of windows is your product key for? All the .iso's are free and available to download from Microsoft or other websites. First tell us what version of Microsoft you need, then we can help you find an .iso for your install disc or usb drive (depending on how you want to install windows)
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December 23, 2013 8:09:03 PM

i went to control panel>system and it says windows 7 ultimate service pack 1 64bit. sorry if i come across really stupid this is the first time ive dealt with this sort of thing at all
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December 23, 2013 8:23:13 PM

Ok...so windows is already installed?...do you even have 2 drives? If the SSD is the only drive..and windows is already installed..that SSD is going to be the boot drive as it is. If you have 2 drives, the SSD should be your C: drive and the next drive should be like D: or E:..that can be checked in my computer, right click the drive in question and hit properties. For example, to check; If the C: drive is roughly 100GB and the SSD is 100GB then you know its the boot drive. does that make sense?..
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December 23, 2013 8:25:47 PM

i dont have the SSD installed yet, right now i have 1 HDD
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December 24, 2013 1:17:12 AM

Okay stop. Follow these steps:

1) if this is a legitamite Windows and you have the key, then go to Microsoft.com then search for Windows ISO and should come up.
2) If this is a 'Torrent' Windows, then you need you buy a legal copy of Windows, you will receive NO support from the forums on Pirated software.
3) Run Windows Easy Transfer on your current setup to a external harddrive this will copy your data.
4) With your Windows DVD and key in hand, now download and burn DBAN ISO to CD, then boot and tell it to wipe the HDD
5) Install the SSD. Boot to BIOS and make sure to set the SSD drive as the first 'boot' drive
6) Insert Windows DVD, do install. Then install all the drivers (you should have your drivers CDs?)
7) Now do Window Update till all the Windows updates are done. Then install all the programs again (Word, Games, etc.) Once it is rock solid, then run WET again and restore your desktop.
DONE.

NOTE: If this is a 'off the shelf' OEM computer (i.e. Dell, Gateway, etc.) EASIEST path to getting your WIndows / DVD disks, is to call them up and give them your tag numbers, then pay for it over the phone and they will ship you the original Disks.
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