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Reformat or Repair Install when upgrading motherboard?

#11TheFeshPince(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 7:20:38 PM
ok ok ok... What if I were to finally get an SSD? Would you suggest re-installing Windows to the SSD? If so, can I leave the other HDD alone and just delete the windows files from it after the fresh install on the SSD? How do I remove those files and can this cause conflicts? I've always been confused on this topic.
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#12AltmadragonPosted 8/19/2013 7:24:43 PM
ReFormat an fresh install on ssd

If you don't you will have problems

Source: personal experience.
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#13InsuRnPosted 8/19/2013 7:27:15 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
InsuRn posted...
You won't even need to repair/format your OS installation. You'll just have to install your Motherboard drivers. If your OS don't boot, just use Hiren's Boot CD and use the Registry Hard Disk Fix. Worked for me on about 200 PCs so far (from Pentium 4 1.8Ghz to Quad-Core and even Xeon without any problem). You can even put a disk image (Ghost or Acronis) from a Server and put it on a little Pentium 4 with this if you want.


This has never caused any issues?

Nope, except you have to install to missing drivers.

If you install an SSD, the only thing you should remember is to re-run the Windows Performance Index, it will then detect the SSD and enable TRIM and disable the auto-defrag. I would also change the Pagefile (but others won't) and do some tweaks here and there but you should be OK with just doing an image of your current HDD (if the size isn't too big for your SSD).
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#14TheFeshPince(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 7:34:47 PM
InsuRn posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
InsuRn posted...
You won't even need to repair/format your OS installation. You'll just have to install your Motherboard drivers. If your OS don't boot, just use Hiren's Boot CD and use the Registry Hard Disk Fix. Worked for me on about 200 PCs so far (from Pentium 4 1.8Ghz to Quad-Core and even Xeon without any problem). You can even put a disk image (Ghost or Acronis) from a Server and put it on a little Pentium 4 with this if you want.


This has never caused any issues?

Nope, except you have to install to missing drivers.

If you install an SSD, the only thing you should remember is to re-run the Windows Performance Index, it will then detect the SSD and enable TRIM and disable the auto-defrag. I would also change the Pagefile (but others won't) and do some tweaks here and there but you should be OK with just doing an image of your current HDD (if the size isn't too big for your SSD).


I would like to leave the files on my HDD and just use the SSD for Windows, but I don't really mind re-formatting the old hard drive as well.
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#15InsuRnPosted 8/19/2013 7:58:09 PM
You want your OS on the SSD ?
You'll only need to make sure the primary boot HDD in the Bios is set to your SSD after your image is restored on the SSD.
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#16TheFeshPince(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 8:04:49 PM
InsuRn posted...
You want your OS on the SSD ?
You'll only need to make sure the primary boot HDD in the Bios is set to your SSD after your image is restored on the SSD.


What about doing a clean install on the SSD, but not re-formatting the old hard drive so I don't have to reinstall all of my games and mods?
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#17InsuRnPosted 8/19/2013 8:17:24 PM
You can, but it is easier if they are Steam games. Else, you might need to reinstall some of them in order to rewrite the correct registry setting.
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#18TheFeshPince(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 9:11:31 PM
I think I'll just reinstall windows to the SSD and reformat my 1TB HDD, because I can always re-download everything. I'll just backup the important stuff.
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#19DGenerateKanePosted 8/20/2013 3:47:04 PM
InsuRn posted...
You won't even need to repair/format your OS installation. You'll just have to install your Motherboard drivers. If your OS don't boot, just use Hiren's Boot CD and use the Registry Hard Disk Fix. Worked for me on about 200 PCs so far (from Pentium 4 1.8Ghz to Quad-Core and even Xeon without any problem). You can even put a disk image (Ghost or Acronis) from a Server and put it on a little Pentium 4 with this if you want.


I can't seem to find Registry Hard Disk Fix on Hiren's Boot CD 15.2. Any help locating it would be appreciated.
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