How to clean install windows 7 on a new ssd if its already on old ssd and you do

Hello,

I'd like to know how to do a clean install windows 7 on a new ssd if its already on old ssd and you do not have a boot disk?
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  1. Can anyone help me out? Point me in the general direction? Thank you in advance.
  2. If you have a valid license, you could download an ISO from MS and burn a new install DVD. Go here to get the ISO for your version of Windows 7:

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

    Remember, your product key will only work with the version of Windows 7 it was intended for.
  3. Thanks for the reply COLGeek!

    I seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place... I do not have the license either. Windows was installed on my pc by a friend.

    The reason I am asking this is because my ssd is currently full and it is running windows 7 and is currently my boot devise. I have tried to continue to use it as is but ran into some problems trying to load a game yesterday.

    Right now I am compressing the disk, defragging and cleaning up to see how much space will be left. However, I'd really like to get a bigger SD drive then transfer windows onto that drive...

    What would be the best way to do so? Clone the whole ssd to newer and bigger ssd? Get backup image and load it onto new ssd? I would want windows optimized and I've heard that both of the above methods may interfere..

    Again, all of your help is appreciated, thank you in advance.

    Cheers
  4. I also have a large HDD in SATA 2 but don't really want to move windows to a slower drive... ya know? idk what to do
  5. First off NEVER defrag a SSD.

    Best way and the fastest for you, if have Windows 7 Pro, is to use there built in back tool to back up to a HDD then restore to your new SDD. There is no need for a key and you pick up where you left off. If you do not have Windows 7 Pro there are other free back up tools that can do the same thing.
  6. Buy a valid license, and then download an ISO.
  7. So, is your system legal or not? Was it successfully activated?
  8. If legal, there is a app called produkey that you can retrieve the info with.
  9. jjc07us said:
    I seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place... I do not have the license either. Windows was installed on my pc by a friend.


    This sounds suspicious. It doesn't matter who installed it, they should have provided install media and a COA. Without these, you can't reinstall and pass activation.
  10. Hawkeye22 said:
    This sounds suspicious. It doesn't matter who installed it, they should have provided install media and a COA. Without these, you can't reinstall and pass activation.

    Agreed. If in doubt, the OP should simply buy a new license and then he'll be covered properly with no uncertainty.
  11. He did not provide a License number when he installed... But I retreived it using magical jelly bean. Should work right?!
  12. X3773 said:
    First off NEVER defrag a SSD.

    Best way and the fastest for you, if have Windows 7 Pro, is to use there built in back tool to back up to a HDD then restore to your new SDD. There is no need for a key and you pick up where you left off. If you do not have Windows 7 Pro there are other free back up tools that can do the same thing.


    I have Windows 7 Ultimate... I would back up to my HDD but I'm afraid when I restore to new SDD that it won't partition correctly... correct me if I'm wrong?

    This is what I am planning to do tonight:

    1) Burn Windows 7 Ultimate ISO to disk.
    2) Bios - Make "NEW SDD" 1st boot
    3) Turn off computer and connect new SDD
    4) Install windows on new SDD using ISO Disk
    5) Plug in old SDD once everything is working correctly and reformat it to wipe it clean of old windows. ----- WILL I NEED TO SET THIS OLD SDD UP DIFFERENTLY ON BIOS BECAUSE IT WILL ALSO HAVE WINDOWS ON IT?!

    You guys have been a great help! Thank you
  13. jjc07us said:
    He did not provide a License number when he installed... But I retreived it using magical jelly bean. Should work right?!

    Yes, as long as it is legal. Don't be too shocked, though, if you have trouble activating the license after the installation is complete. You may still need to purchase an additional license.
  14. We can't help with a possibly pirated version of software. It's against forum rules.
  15. It's not pirated - I know that for a fact. I just do not have my CD Key.

    @COLGeek - Thanks

    Can someone enlighten me about my above methods to clean install?

    Thanks
  16. jjc07us said:
    I have Windows 7 Ultimate... I would back up to my HDD but I'm afraid when I restore to new SDD that it won't partition correctly... correct me if I'm wrong?

    This is what I am planning to do tonight:

    1) Burn Windows 7 Ultimate ISO to disk.
    2) Bios - Make "NEW SDD" 1st boot
    3) Turn off computer and connect new SDD
    4) Install windows on new SDD using ISO Disk
    5) Plug in old SDD once everything is working correctly and reformat it to wipe it clean of old windows. ----- WILL I NEED TO SET THIS OLD SDD UP DIFFERENTLY ON BIOS BECAUSE IT WILL ALSO HAVE WINDOWS ON IT?!

    You guys have been a great help! Thank you


    1) Back up your old computer.
    2) Burn Windows 7 Repair to disk (Option is under the back up tool).
    3) Remove the old SDD and install the new one.
    4) Bios - Make CD Drive 1st boot.
    5) Go through the options of the repair disk options for restoring back up.
    6) After restore is done check the Bios to boot the new SDD.
    7) Start your computer with the new SDD to make sure the restore worked.
    8) Install the old SDD back into your computer.

    As long as your Bios doesn't set the old SDD as 1st boot it should boot your new SDD.
  17. jjc07us said:
    It's not pirated - I know that for a fact. I just do not have my CD Key.


    Then you should call your friend and tell him you want the COA. After all, you paid for it, right?
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