Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Memory and Storage

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-13-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
hunyadi
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3
Default New SSD and Windows 8 Installation

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 on my HDD. I purchased an SSD and want to make it the primary drive. This wouldn't be such an issue had I bought the cd (though that is a waste of money). In order to install the OS I need to log in to Microsoft and download the .exe file. How can I install Win 8 on my the SSD? I saw that I can make a bootable USB drive, but I'd rather just install it directly from Microsoft. Could I install it on the SSD while as a slave drive, then make it the primary drive through BIOS? Also, would I need to clear my HDD, because I want to make it the secondary drive? Thanks.
hunyadi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
Jman13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 802
Default

Easiest way is to download the EXE...and then you can create a bootable USB or burn a DVD from the installer. (it's very easy). Reboot, install on your SSD (remove other hard drives to make it easier...I did this for Win 7, and didn't for Win 8, and had fun wrangling boot stuff for a while)...and you'll be done very quickly.
__________________
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.5 GHz, CM TX3 | Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 | EVGA GTX 460 1GB @ 925/1850/2125
16 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 | 128 GB Crucial M4 SSD | 4.5 TB (spread over 3 HDD) | LG BD-R Drive | Corsair HX520
Jman13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
bramke
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 20
Default

http://hexus.net/tech/tech-explained...s-8-usb-drive/
bramke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
corkyg
Moderator
Peripherals
 
corkyg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 23,978
Default

The normal download of OS files from Microsoft is in ISO format. From that, you can create a DVD, or even bootable flash media. If you have SATA drives, remember that the old Master/Slave choices no longer exist. SATA drives are numbered, and anyone of them can be designated as boot drive.
__________________
CorkyG - Tucson, AZ

In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.... Emile Zola
corkyg is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.