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Installing Windows on an SSD, with a hard drive already in the computer

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August 25, 2014 6:06:08 PM

So im going to be installing windows 7 on a brand new SSD in a computer than already has Windows 7 installed on a normal hard drive. My question is, that because the SSD will be a different drive letter, can i still install windows 7 on it, if it were drive F or what ever? I know i will have to change the boot order etc, but it should install proper? Or am i better to change the current C drive to a different drive letter, and then when i install windows 7 on the SSD to will default its self to the C; ?Thanks in advance

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August 25, 2014 6:09:59 PM

The way you do it is:
Disconnect all other drives.
Install the OS on the SSD.
That will now be the C drive
Verify your boot order - SSD first and only.
Reconnect the other drives.
They will now be some drive letter other than C.
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August 25, 2014 6:12:05 PM

Ah right, so when i put the other harddrives back in the computer they will get changed from C: if they are currently C?

Completely not changing the SSD drive letter?
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August 25, 2014 6:16:11 PM

Chahoo said:
Ah right, so when i put the other harddrives back in the computer they will get changed from C: if they are currently C?

Completely not changing the SSD drive letter?


Exactly. Whatever drive you boot from will see itself as C (unless you go through major gymnastics to change that).
Other drives will end up as something else.

The drive letter, especially the boot drive, is not tied to the actual physical drive.
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August 25, 2014 6:20:08 PM

okay thanks heaps for fast answer. marked as answered
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