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Change Windows Install Location - Post Setup

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    Change Windows Install Location - Post Setup


    Basically I have a laptop with a 60GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. Windows is (stupidly) been installed on the HDD.

    I can't touch the SSD in Disk Management, it has Windows 7 installed on it, so I can't even re-format it.

    What I want to do:
    1. Reformat the SSD (Currently in two partitions, one with Win7 and one as a recovery partition).
    2. Install Windows 8.1 on the SSD.
    3. Reformat the HDD to an empty drive to store games and files.

    • Cannot reformat the SSD in Disk Management
    • Haven't got a Windows 8.1 install media

    Thanks for any help, if you want any information just ask.
    Harry Beadle

    Sony Vaio VGN-AW21Z
    60GB SSD
    500GB HDD
    Windows 8.1

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Just some observations:

    1. You might run into a problem with low disk space installing 7/8 on the 60GB SSD.
    2. As far as I'm aware you can't format the primary OS in disk management. That has to be done in the actual OS install.


    1. Dual boot with separate SSD/HDD using the F12 key at boot up to switch between each OS.
    2. Get a larger SSD to do what you want.
    3. HDD can be used as storage for both OS's
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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