Solved install Windows 7 on an msata drive

Dell Xps 8300 mid tower desktop (3.4 ghz...
December 8, 2013 at 17:13:31
Specs: Windows 764 bit, 3rdgenCore i7/8gb
How do I install Windows 7 on an msata drive that has Windows 8 on it now? I have an Inspiron 17r SE 7720 with 8gb or ram, a 1tb hybrid drive with a 30gb SSD cache(with Intel RST installed I hope I explained that right). It has intel/Nvidia graphics with 2gb video memoryand I installed a Blu-ray writer for the optical drive. I just love Windows 7 and I purchased a Dell Windows 7 reinstallation disk to put Win 7 on the SSD drive. I have installed Windows 7 on many, many computers but not one a hybrid drive. Yes(in advance)I googled this but I always trust the gurus here for detailed, to-the-point answers to my issues first. I was thinking about just wiping the drive and starting anew. Help. All suggestions and opinions are greatly respected and appreciated.

Loretta

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December 8, 2013 at 21:03:55
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With a hybrid drive, a mSATA SSD drive would be redundant.
First, to install Windows 7 on the mSATA drive you would have to make sure that the BIOS would recognize the drive as bootable. If it does not, then that option is out. Second, I would recommend a larger drive to install Windows 7 on, 32GB is really too small, even if you disable system restore and put virtual memory onto another drive, it really is too small. Third, the reinstallation disk (or their website) would have to have Windows drivers available. Finally, without a touch screen, there would be no reason (in my opinion) to keep Windows 8 if you prefer Windows 7 (like me and many others), so I would recommend just wiping the drive and installing Windows 7 from scratch on the main hybrid drive.

Others may have other opinions, these are mine.

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December 9, 2013 at 05:59:23
Thanks for the prompt reply. Okay, I hope I explained this right. In the 1tb drive, there is a 30gb(partition I think) that has Windows 8 on it right now and I want to install Windows 7 on it. Now, the drive is only a 5400rpm but Windows 8 performs very fast on this(partition?). Forgive my ignorance concerning these drives, I have never worked with these kinds before. In the BIOS, the setting for the drive is Intel Rapid Storage Technology and there is an option for ACHI for it also. I have backed up everything and am ready to install, but when I started to install Windows 7, there were no drives recognized to install upon. I have the resource disk from Dell with all of the drivers on it and I have installed Windows 7 on a 500gb(7200rpm) with all of the drivers installed until I get this resolved. I still would like to install Windows 7 on the 30gb partition just to see the performance. Any thoughts? Thanks again.

Loretta


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December 9, 2013 at 08:55:59
Okay, from my research, I have found that people who have msata installed on their drives don't necessarily install the OS on that partition. It is strictly for cached data. So then you are right! I will format the drive and do a fresh install of Windows 7 on it. Thank you very much for your input. Long live Computing.net!

Loretta

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December 9, 2013 at 11:36:52
make sure you install the 64-bit version of Windows 7 as Dell don't have 32-bit drivers for the Inspiron 17r SE 7720, only 64-bit:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...

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December 9, 2013 at 11:48:21
Ok, it sounds like rather than a true hybrid drive, you have a conventional drive paired with the mSATA cache drive simulating a hybrid installation. I strongly recommend partitioning a 120GB partition for installing Windows 7 and for your programs. This is good since if you ever have any issues with either drive, they can be replaced separately and if you choose later to reinstall on an SSD drive, you would just remove the mSATA cache drive, install the SSD, temporarily remove the conventional drive, and reinstall Windows 7 there. Once it is installed, shut down, plug the HD in again, Set BIOS so only the SSD is bootable, start the system, and once all is running, delete the OS partition and repartition it for other purposes (a good one could be an image of the SSD for possible reimaging a new SSD if there are any problems later.

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