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    Old 06-02-2013, 09:53 PM
    NecromancerBob NecromancerBob is offline
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    Default Installing a new boot drive and reinstalling windows

    Just want to confirm something, I'm sure it's simple but I've never messed around with installing windows much beyond once. Basically I'm reinstalling windows on a SSD for a boot drive and using the 1TB HDD for large game files.

    If I install windows 7 from the disk on a new boot drive I can then boot from that drive and then register/activate it on-line correct? How does it work registering that copy of windows when it's installed on the other drive/activated on it (my old boot drive).

    Finally It was correct to install the HDD first and crate a new simple volume like any other additional internal drive?
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    Old 06-02-2013, 10:04 PM
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    yes you generally need the drive "prepared before you use it, but windows install can generally do it for you anyway.

    as for installing and activating, make sure the SSD is set as the first hard drive on the boot list before installing (or it will call the startup info from a standard drive slowing startup) I would also strongly advise disconnecting the old hard drive if you want to leave the old install intact to swap some stuff over, or you will end up with 2 windows 7 options on the startup screen with no way to tell the one that is on the SSD without going into windows. (also saves messing with MSconfig/boot.ini to make the PC auto boot into the new install) activating should be fine as the hardware is the same other than the new hard drive and the activation mainly latches onto the motherboard.
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    Old 06-02-2013, 11:50 PM
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    Ok good to know thanks
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