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Change Windows Install Location - Post Setup

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    Windows 8.1

    Change Windows Install Location - Post Setup


    Hi,

    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.

    Problems:
    • 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

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    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.

    Suggestions:

    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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