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New SSD Install. Trouble with OS on the new drive. Help!!!

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#1 theitaliandude


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

I just received my new M500 240GB SSD from Crucial. Tried to instal Windows Vista from an my old recovery disks that game with my Gateway system when I originally purchased the computer. It DIDN'T WORK! I tried three times and it still did not work. Seemed to be going fine but at the end of the process it would say "Can not install windows on this computer". 

My plan now is to buy a new copy of Windows 7 or 8 and do a brand new, clean install. Two questions.

#1 Will it work??!!

#2 Did my attempt to install from the recovery disks put a bunch of crud on my clean, new SSD? Do I need to do anything to erase the new SSD, or will a clean install of Windows format the disk?

Thanks for your help. This has been a frustrating experience, to say the least.


Edited by hamluis, 03 October 2013 - 10:10 AM.
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#2 dpunisher


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 08:04 AM

Installing an OS on a new hard drive with factory restore disks is a hit or miss affair.


You can either track down a copy of Vista (32 or 64 bit), and try to do a clean install with that, or purchase WIN7 or WIN8.


Don't worry about crud on your new SSD.  It won't be there after a clean install as it gets formatted anyway (or should).


If it was originally a Vista machine, it should go smooth with WIN7 or 8.  Like anything there are chances of driver incompatibility, but its like that with any upgrade.

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