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New Install Windows 7 to SSD

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by josewails, Feb 27, 2015.

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  1. josewails

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    I have a Samsung EVO SSD, a copy of windows 7 on cd and a Dell Optiplex 3020 with a 7200 rpm hdd in it.
    I want to make the SSD boot. When I pull the spinning drive out and plugged in the ssd and started the install, windows asked for a driver. I went to Samsung's website and the only thing I could find is something magic software for optimization of the drive but nothing about drivers. Even if I found a driver how would I load it? I only have one optical drive.
     
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    The answer to this question was that I needed to initialize the disc before it could be used.
    Something that a platter disk never needed. Add it to the mix, format it and it was ready to use.

    So I initialized and formatted the ssd unplugged the 1 terabyte drive and installed
    Windows. Now what happens is that as long as I don't have the original hdd plugged in windows will boot from the ssd. I switched the cables around so that the ssd was plugged into 0, made sure the boot order was correct. No dice. Unplugged the spinning disk and windows would boot from the ssd.

    So, even though I wanted a complete new install. And since there doesn't seem to be any knowledgeable people on this forum willing to lend a hand, I was forced to do the migration.

    Wait for it: The Samsung Migration tool tells me that my only alternative is to buy a bigger ssd because it seems windows 7 has taken over 450 gigabytes of hard drive space (there is less than 30 gigabytes used on a 450 gigabyte partition) there is five gigs of free space (according to windows) on 450 gigs of partitioned space. Thirty gigs would be a safe guess as to the amount of files and programs installed. No matter how many times I defragment, decrapify or wipe free space, I have only 5 gigs of free space in 450. Windows will allow me to shrink this 450 gigabyte volume - 23 megs.

    On top of this (attachments) On the SSD there is a EFI partition that refuses to be deleted. I would like to start over but it seems windows has flagged this partition so that it cannot be deleted.
     

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    You would probably get more help without the sarcasm and insults. If it's asking for drivers the SSD is probably set as a RAID. You need to go to the bios and change that AHCI and clean the disk and try again. Most likely there are 2 versions of Windows 7 on the drive taking up that space.
     
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    Hi josewails,

    Given just two physical drives, you have quite the number of partitions there. Most of the ones on Disk 0 (what I assume is your HDD) make sense though. Boot partition, recovery partition, etc.

    As for Disk 1 (what I assume is your SSD), you have a lot of partitions present when I was expecting to just see one (the boot partition). Why were the additional partitions created?

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    It has been a week since your original post, so I don't know what has changed since then but here is my suggestion and what I would do in your situation.

    Start over with the SSD. Do the same thing you did at the beginning: disconnect the harddrive, connect the solid state drive, and attempt to install Windows.

    If you get the same message regarding the driver, then we can try to hunt down the driver for that device (this would in fact be on Samsung's site, no Dell's as previously suggested). There should be a place in the Windows installation process where you can transfer drivers over.

    But it does strike me as odd that Windows needs a driver to install the operating system. Usually a generic driver does just fine. I've imaged/installed OS's on plenty of computers and never seen this issue before.

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    I've been volunteering on TSG since 2008 and I guarantee you there are many people here sufficiently knowledgeable and willing to help you.

    TSG is an all-volunteer site though. This means that the people on here work, go to school, have families, etc., all outside of this site. Sometimes people are not as readily available as you may like. If you need immediate help, paid services exist to meet that need.

    Threads can also get buried, or be shown as "new" when only certain people are on (e.g. those volunteers who specialize in an un-related area) and they do not have the expertise to help.
     
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