I have windows 7 installed. My MOBO is configured for IDE because I didn't know that I wanted AHCI when I first installed.
I have an SSD to use with intel's rapid recall technology.
I am at the point where I'm ready to reinstall the OS.
I tried switching to AHCI in the bios then booting from CD, but it seems like it's trying to boot the old windows settings. What I want it to do is run setup, format the drive and reinstall windows fresh.
When I change to AHCI and try to boot, windows hangs during the startup routine.
I cand switch back to IDE mode and it works again. I can run setup and reinstall windows from windows, where it copies the old install to "window old", but I don't think that I want this. I want all the old junk gone.
Should I just format the drive first from windows?
What would happen if I formatted the drive that windows is on, from windows?
What I have now:
40 gb ssd called C: with windows 7 on it.
D: = traditional HDD 250 gB with data on it (backed up and valuables removed)
G: = storage drive 500 gb which should stay in tact.
What I want:
Windows 7 installed on the old D: drive, changed to be called C:
The SSD blank for caching with intel's rapid thing.
G: as it was.
The only reason that I want the new OS drive called C: is because I've had trouble installing some software to drive letters named something else. I want everything to look as standard as possible to software that's coming in. Had a lot of trouble with my Autodesk software. Part of the reason I'm reinstalling is because I messed some stuff up while on the phone with support.
Thanks for any ideas.