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    Create Win7 installation on new disc and remove old Win7 install

    Scenario is I have a new sata3 SSD drive on which I want to install Win7. The PC has an existing build of Win7 on a different disc which i want to reformat & use for data. I tried this previously and ended up with a dual booting system. Trying to remove the old Win7 installation and format that disc created much trouble so now I'm starting again.

    Can someone tell me please how to:
    1. Install Win7 on the new SSD disc (I'm assuming this will work ok as I've done it before),
    2. Have the system recognise only the new Win7 installation at boot & not the old Win7 installation so I don't have to select which OS to use,
    3. Reformat the old Win7 disc and remove any boot references that it might hold.

    Thanks!

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    Hi fawlty99, If I was doing it, I would clone the disk in use to your new HDD, then change them over. I have never done it. The program of my choice is Acronis, but there are others, free & paid that can.
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    A couple of thoughts ....
    1) Can a clone be made of the existing Win7 to the SSD? (With a clone - would be able to keep all existing programs, settings, all data, etc.).
    ...... If the SSD can take a clone, it would be bootable and existing system would run from the SSD.

    2) Is it more desirable to have a totally new install of Win7 on the SSD and reinstall all programs, settings, data, etc.?

    Some BIOS changes and/or drive cable switching may be necessary.

    PS: Sorry, my response was being written while RR submitted his response.
    Last edited by tfspry; 2011-06-06 at 18:46. Reason: added a PS:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fawlty99 View Post
    Scenario is I have a new sata3 SSD drive on which I want to install Win7. The PC has an existing build of Win7 on a different disc which i want to reformat & use for data. I tried this previously and ended up with a dual booting system. Trying to remove the old Win7 installation and format that disc created much trouble so now I'm starting again.

    Thanks!
    fawlty,
    Hello... Take a read at this link http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media..When you install the new OS.. Windows will ask where you want to install it to, in your case the (SSD) I don't remember if it gives you a choice , but i think that "7" will end up the default OS.If for some reason it doesn't ..once up and running you can download a free program EasyBCD http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1 Run it and give the SSD a name,then set it as your default, and set the other as "windows old", or what ever you want . Once set , you then can if you wish format the old "OS". (remove the old from the Que) I would keep it around for a while ...Just to see how it goes with the SSD and your programs. Regards Fred
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