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Old 01-02-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to find some info about installing Windows 7 on a SSD. I have found tons of articles about how to optimize an SSD to make it faster but nothing about the actual installation. Is it the same as installing on a hard drive? I'm assuming you follow the same steps like making the CD drive the primary boot device, booting the disc, then select the SSD as the install location, and finally switching the SSD to the primary boot device?

And will the SSD automatically show up as a drive where I can install windows or will windows not see the SSD at first?

And finally, once it is installed I can just boot my computer like normal and change the SSD settings in windows?

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Windows 7 will install to a SSD just like it does to a standard HDD.

Make sure the SSD is hooked to the 1st SATA port, some mobo's call this port 0 and some call it port 1.

Make sure you have AHCI enabled in the bios before you install Windows.

Once you have Windows Installed go through the SSD Tweak Guide

SSD Tweak Guide

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Since you are using windows 7 the installation processes is just like any other hard drive. Just be sure that you have ACHI enabled in BIOS before you start the installation.

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Sweet, thanks guys. I thought I remember hearing that it was hard to install an OS to a SSD, although maybe that was Windows Vista....

One last thing, I have seen a couple places mention that SSD performance degrades after time. Would I be able to prevent that by not using the drive at all? I mean other than installing Windows of course, but I don't plan on putting any applications, games, or files on it. To my extremely limited knowledge it seems that if anything were going to affect the performance of the drive it would be writing/erasing data repeatedly.
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