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Message 11 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.

It's my understanding that you can install from MS Win 7 install media and use the Lenovo-provided key - as long as the Win 7 versions match. IIRC, you can mix 32 and 64 bit versions, but I haven't verified this personally.

BURN YOUR RECOVERY MEDIA, even if you intend to use Win 7 media from MS. It's an investment in $1 worth of plastic, and it may save your ...bacon... later. Also useful to put the machine back to stock if you ever want to sell it or give it to you sister's boyfriend.

Z.

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Message 12 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.

Hmm, 2nd thoughts about cloning or installing from recovery media: it may be that an install image built for an SSD machine will have features tuned for an SSD - and inappropriate for a hard drive.

They may be adjustable if you know what you are doing (I don't...) but in fact you may be better off installing from MS media.

BURN YOUR RECOVERY MEDIA ANYWAY. Did someone already say that...

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Message 13 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.

@JDay

 

But I am not sure I understand. Putting asside the boot sequence itself (that I would fix with GRUB under Linux), if Win7 is installed on the SSD disk, it is configured to be on C:, if I move it to the HDD, which is in the optical enclosure, it will now see itself on D:, no? and all the install will be messed up ?

 

Sorry if that's a dumb question, I am totally clueless in Windows ... (on Linux I would change two lines in /etc/fstab and everything would run smoothly).

 

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Message 14 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.

@zoltanthegypsy 

 

P.S. I will burn my recovery media, and check them before doing any "bold move", don't worry Smiley Happy

 

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Message 15 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:
 IIRC, you can mix 32 and 64 bit versions, but I haven't verified this personally.


You can, it's been this way since Vista.

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Message 16 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:

Hmm, 2nd thoughts about cloning or installing from recovery media: it may be that an install image built for an SSD machine will have features tuned for an SSD - and inappropriate for a hard drive.



Windows 7 knows if it is on an SSD or an HDD, all you have to do is run the Windows Experience Index benchmark. No HDD setup, not even RAID will score over 5.9 in this test and Windows will adjust the system settings accordingly.

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Message 17 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@francoisfleuret wrote:

@JDay

 

But I am not sure I understand. Putting asside the boot sequence itself (that I would fix with GRUB under Linux), if Win7 is installed on the SSD disk, it is configured to be on C:, if I move it to the HDD, which is in the optical enclosure, it will now see itself on D:, no? and all the install will be messed up ?

 

Sorry if that's a dumb question, I am totally clueless in Windows ... (on Linux I would change two lines in /etc/fstab and everything would run smoothly).

 


When you hit F12 to boot the BIOS will remap the drive in the Ultrabay to be the first drive in the system, Windows will not know the difference. Just use F12 when you want to boot into Windows and skip adding it to the Grub configuration.

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Message 18 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:
It's my understanding that you can install from MS Win 7 install media and use the Lenovo-provided key - as long as the Win 7 versions match. IIRC, you can mix 32 and 64 bit versions, but I haven't verified this personally.




I tried this on another computer once and it didn't work. A retail copy of Windows Vista wouldn't activate if the OEM key was entered. I'm guessing the same issue exists on Windows 7.

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Message 19 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:

Hmm, 2nd thoughts about cloning or installing from recovery media: it may be that an install image built for an SSD machine will have features tuned for an SSD - and inappropriate for a hard drive.



I doubt that this is the case -- in the worst case scenario, any SSD helper application that's installed just won't do anything. I've moved an OS from SSD to HDD before (using the Complete PC Backup imaging tool built into Windows 7.)

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Message 20 of 26

Re: Re-installing win7 on a secondary drive.


@jmstuckman wrote:

@zoltanthegypsy wrote:
It's my understanding that you can install from MS Win 7 install media and use the Lenovo-provided key - as long as the Win 7 versions match. IIRC, you can mix 32 and 64 bit versions, but I haven't verified this personally.




I tried this on another computer once and it didn't work. A retail copy of Windows Vista wouldn't activate if the OEM key was entered. I'm guessing the same issue exists on Windows 7.


All you had to do was install the OEM cert and then enter the key and activate. Instructions are all over the net. With Windows 7 it's a bit simpler, in fact there is a thread on these forums with instructions.

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