Intel Core i7 920
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R Mobo
6GB DDR3 RAM
2 x 1TB Seagate HDD’s (one of which contains the primary partition with XP-SP3)
ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card
I’ve bought Windows 7 (Retail version) and am awaiting delivery of an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.
Install W7 64-bit onto my brand new SSD. I’d like my approach to be checked by someone with greater expertise than me, since this is my first SSD so I’m on the lookout for specific issues that don’t pertain if installing onto mechanical HDD’s.
Leaving out the obvious Windows Easy Transfer stuff, here’s my approach.
1. Physically install the SSD into my Antel case, connect the SATA cables.
2. Disconnect the second Seagate (for simplicity) – now only have the boot Seagate and the Intel SSD.
3. Run the 64-bit custom install from the W7 DVD, but nominate the SSD as the install disk.
4. Run a firmware update on the SSD.
1. At Step 3 should I boot into XP FIRST and then insert the W7 DVD and run setup.exe? OR do I just cold-boot from the W7 DVD? Does it matter?
2. I’m very confused about the IDE/AHCI thing. When do I enter BIOS and change to AHCI mode? Is it BEFORE installing W7, or after? And I’ve also read that to update the Intel firmware requires IDE mode? HELP!
3. Also at Step 3, will the SSD be recognised at all? Is this dependant on the mode setting referred to in Q.3 above?
4. Finally, do I download the firmware update tool from Intel NOW and run it from a USB stick after W7 is installed?
I’ve done so many Windows installs over the years I’ve lost count BUT the SSD makes me cautious – I’d like to do it once, and do it right!
Thanks in advance.