Originally Posted by pman555
HAHA, well that's why I put easy in quotes.
After reading through your USB install thread, I've decided just to do a normal reinstall and start over.
I'm going to research just migrating user application data, as I don't have a problem reinstalling the apps, its just setting them up that will be a pain.
ALSO, is there anything you did to the SSD before you installed WIn7 on it? Should I delete the NTFS partition I made on it, leaving it unformatted and unallocated, and let Windows create whatever partitions it needs on its own?
I would hit the F key and choose the advanced options : Delete all partitions. Then create a new max sized partition. Then format that new partition. Windows will make a 100MB partition for itself. That is ok. Leave it alone.
Choose the fresh install option (not upgrade) on the first screen.
That should get you a nice clean install on a nice fresh partition. Once windows is installed you should drop in your drivers CD from the motherboard MFG or go to the motherboard MFG website for the most updated versions (best).
If you have a Z77 motherboard and it's new stuff the DVD might be ok. If you have older motherboards it's more important to get the updated drivers.
There is a lot of them. Usually USB3.0, Intel RST, Intel graphics, LAN drivers, Audio drivers.. etc...
If you use the motherboard disc usually it has an easy "install option" That is good if your noob. It's easy.
I do it the had way. Go to the MFG site- Download them all fresh and install the newest versions one at a time.
Either way will work fine. You can use the "easy" method
To answer your question more: Make sure your in ACHI mode. new hardware usually has the SATA mode in the BIOS as this default. Old motherboards will be defaulted to IDE mode. This is a critical check first area before installing windows.
It's way easier to switch the mode with a click up front than do a pain in the a$$ workaround later or have to reinstall all over again.
Migrating the user data is not that hard. If you just copy your user folder over you probably get most of the stuff on the old drive. I would not copy and paste settings or windows folders. Just user folders (my movies, my music, my docs etc...)