Solved Installing on SSD without removing old HDD

Gigabyte / Ga-890gpa-ud3h
January 24, 2013 at 12:57:00
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.4 GHz / 3325 MB
I wonder if it's necessary to unplug all HDD when installing Windows 7 to a SSD to get all files to my SSD.
I have no previous Windows installs on my HDD drives there are only for storing files, but I have heard that if I don't remove the HDD then Windows will put boot files on the SSD so that speed will suffer.
Is this only true if I had a Windows install on my old HDD or am I forced to open the case and unplugged my HDD:s until Windows 7 is installed on my SSD.

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January 24, 2013 at 14:23:25
Well, it used to be if you had two drives, Windows had write some boot files to the 1st one in series, regardless of where you installed the OS. So, if you had say XP Pro on the 1st HDD and dual booted and put 7 on the second, some of 7's boot files would end up on the same drive as the XP install.

Whether this has changed or not with SATA I'm not sure as I've not done much PC hardware (other than my own) in the last 8 years or so.

You might want to place a call to the place you bought your SSD and ask them if it matters with SATA controllers like it used to with IDE (PATA) controllers before you begin your install. With SATA controllers, it may not matter and all essential files will be put on the SSD regardless of where it is in relation to other devcies in the controllers.

Someone else who helps out in there with more knowledge/experience working with SATA may also be able to definitively answer your question.

I just know if it was me, I'd make sure the SSD was "SATA 1" and all other SATA devices were unplugged during the install process. I'd also ensure they showed up as SATA 2, 3 etc during POST after plugging them back in.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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January 24, 2013 at 19:42:42
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I wouldn't take any chances. You have to open the case to install the SSD anyway so what's the big deal? Temporarily unplug any other HDDs you have while installing Win7. And if you don't want the hidden boot partition, simply partition & format the SSD in advance, do NOT use the Win7 disc to setup the SSD (if you do, the hidden partition WILL be created). Once the SSD is prepped, simply boot off the disc & accept the existing partition when running Windows setup.

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January 24, 2013 at 19:59:06
To be absolutely sure that the SSD drive is completely and independently bootable, unplug all other hard drives when installing Windows 7 or it may put the boot partition on another drive, especially if the installer finds another hard drive with a boot partition. In this case, it would overwrite the boot partition and probably make it dual bootable for a boot choice between your old and new installation, but if the old drive is then unplugged, it will not boot.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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