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I recently bought a SSD. I installed the SSD, it comes up as New Volume, while my C drive(HDD) comes up as Local Disk. Now my question is, does the primary OS on a system have to be the C drive? I installed Win7 on the SSD without problems, but when I boot my pc I get the boot manager to choose between the Win7 on the SSD and Win7 on the HDD. I don't want that to happen, I bought the SSD to have Windows on it. Can I just format the HDD? Will that wipe out Win7 on my hard drive and make my SSD the only boot option?
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    Install Windows onto the SSD with the HDD disconnected. Then after it's installed connect the HDD again and format it.
  2. You can not format your hdd, because it hosts your bootloader at the moment. The pc will not start without the hdd at the moment. Follow ss202sl's guideline.
  3. noidea_77 said:
    You can not format your hdd, because it hosts your bootloader at the moment. The pc will not start without the hdd at the moment. Follow ss202sl's guideline.


    He said to disconnect the hdd and install windows on the ssd. You say my pc won't start without the hdd?
  4. Your current installation will not boot without the hdd. Install windows with a disconnected hdd to get a new bootloader on the ssd. Assuming you have th right boot order in bios, you can connect the hdd later and copy your files and format it.
  5. (dingo is right if your a beginner follow my post below this, if you screw up with this program it could mean a re-install but the guide below is simple and a child could follow it)

    ignore these people


    download a program called easy bcd.


    you can use it to boot to ssd and remove the entry for the hdd.


    dont worry about these people saying it has your bootloader because that is rubbish


    if you installed win7 on the ssd then it will have installed the bootloader onto the ssd
  6. * if you are a beginner at maintaining a computer and its file system - do NOT listen to shanky887614 *

    seeing the fact that you (OP) made a simple mistake, IMO you should use the advice from ss202sl
  7. dingo07 said:
    * if you are a beginner at maintaining a computer and its file system - do NOT listen to shanky887614 *

    seeing the fact that you (OP) made a simple mistake, IMO you should use the advice from ss202sl



    wasnt going to get them to do anything recklos

    bassically all i was going to get him to do was


    install easybcd


    click "edit boot menu"


    tick the box for default next to the one you want to use

    then at the bottem click on "skip the boot menu then ok


    personally i wouldnt like you to do any more than that as if you make a mistake it could be quite difficult to fix without the knowledge or re-installing windows
  8. good work on providing the instructions ^
    :)
  9. Thanks for the advice guys, sorry Shanky I followed the previous instruction before seeing yours. I unplugged the hdd and installed windows again via the dvd. The ssd is now the C drive. :)

    Btw, when I have a new motherboard(next year Haswell cpu), can I just connect the SSD with Win7 on it and continue from there or does it require a new installation?
  10. As long as you already have an intel chipset it should work. Just make sure you update the chipset drivers before you change the mobo/cpu.
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