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11-28-2012, 04:58 AM
I want replace once of HDD to SSD and install Win7 on it. How I make this?

P.S. Sorry for my english.

11-28-2012, 05:03 AM
Personally I'd remove any hard drives that are currently in the G75 and put the SSD in. Then boot the SSD with a Windows 7 DVD in the DVD drive. It should boot into the OS setup menu and will take you through the install process.

Once the install is complete, you shoud install any needed updates/drivers and then put the old drive back in. On booting back up, the SSD should pick up the old drive as a data drive and will allow you to access the file data from the new/fresh windows 7 install.

I believe there's a Windows 7 install guide in the stickies somewhere, but I think the easiest way to do an install to a new hard drive is to make it the only drive in the system and boot from the Windows 7 setup DVD.

11-28-2012, 06:41 AM
Under the link for your reference(replace HDD)

And i suggest you can help to upgrade the notebook bios to latest version and get better compatible and performance!

11-29-2012, 12:24 AM
My best buy g75 didn't come with a install disk. Can I get it for free from microsoft and the same product code will work?

11-29-2012, 02:34 AM
@joeyd, yes, you can download an windows 7 home premium iso file from the internet and use the product key for activation.

by the way, what is the OS that comes with your g75?

11-29-2012, 02:53 AM
I got it a couple months ago so Windows 7.

11-29-2012, 03:11 AM
i will suggest that you create a set of recovery dvds/isos for your stock windows via ai recovery first. this is the only chance you can save a few bucks, after which you will have to purchase it from ASUS estore.

to have a fresh install, i will explain a bit more, based on what madnj suggested in the post above:

1. grab the latest drivers from ASUS Website
- if you don't have the windows 7 installation disk, grab the relevant ISO also.
- save all these files into an external storage. create a windows 7 install dvd/usb.

2. set up your bios
- you will need to make sure that AHCI is selected in your Bios > Advanced Boot > SATA Configurations; you might also need to disable UEFI Boot if there is such an option.

3. prepare your SSD
- you put the new SSD in the secondary bay, and boot your machine; so that you can upgrade its firmware. to do this, you need to get the latest SSD management software from your SSD manufacturer website.

4. fresh windows installation
- first, replace your stock HDD with the new SSD (i.e. put it in the bay where your stock HDD is placed), and then load the windows installation.
- don't put in the stock HDD in the secondary bay yet (take it out of the bay physically). normally we will keep the stock HDD for a while, until the new system is stable.
- if your windows failed to boot, check and make your SSD the first boot option in bios. make sure you take out your installation media upon first reboot. normally it will boot straight away, because it's the only bootable in your system.

5. driver installation
- install the drivers. multiple reboots are required in this stage.

6. run Windows Performance Index
- from what i've read, this triggers SSD optimized settings in windows 7 (e.g. enable TRIM, disable prefetch; superfetch, etc.).

11-29-2012, 03:54 AM
Thanks Rewben! I'm getting my SSD in the mail in a couple days so this helps greatly

11-29-2012, 05:05 AM
no problem :)

just shoot the questions here if you have any later on.

12-02-2012, 06:46 AM
Ok I'm having a problem installing windows on the SSD. It's asking me for a required driver to continue installation but it doesn't specify which one. I've tried the Sata controller and the mobo chipsets but it doesn't like that. It tells me no "new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct." Which driver does it want? I see other users have this problem and you helped them with it. Is my iso corrupt or mobo on the fritz? Some guy RMA'd his laptop and got it working that way. AHCI is enabled and UEFI is disabled.

12-02-2012, 09:49 AM
Yup it was an old iso, (thanks microsoft forums)

I googled it and got exactly what I needed windows 7 with sp1 and it installed no problems! I just installed all the drivers (besides the extra fluff) and ran the windows performance test. 7.3 not bad at all! Thanks again for your hard work rewben! I found an answer in another thread by you suggesting it was an .iso problem.

12-02-2012, 12:28 PM
please read here (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?24614-G55VW-Drivers-to-install-after-clean-install&p=178511&viewfull=1#post178511).

12-02-2012, 12:30 PM
oh; ok :) have fun!

er.. what is your SSD?

12-02-2012, 01:14 PM
This is what i did.

I bought my ASUS G75VW halfway through August this year (2012).
The hybrid drive was totally ok but i really wanted the speed of an SSD.
I bought the Samsung 830 Series 128 GB SSD

1: Installed SSD
2: Go Into BIOS and set DVD-Drive as Main Boot Device IMMEDIATLY AFTER installing my new SSD
3: Run your Windows 7 or OS DVD as soon as your PC Starts Up (if you're too slow you might have to restart it once)
4: Before installing Windows go into "Drive Options (Advanced)" which is a Win7 DVD Install Feature
5: Delete all of your data and create 2 new Storage Devices, i ended up with a 128 GB and a 750 GB Partition.
6: Install on your KNOWN SSD
7: After Installation take out your Win7 or OS DVD then go back into your BIOS and set your SSD as your Main Boot Device
8: Now you can begin Personalizing your PC, such as installing the programs and games you want.

Now keep in mind this worked for me, i CANNOT guarantee its gonna work for you, but considering we do have the same Laptop it should.
Good Luck.

12-02-2012, 02:51 PM
nice, @Hamz. that's another way to do fresh install. but i would like to suggest that keep the stock drive for a little while, until the new system with SSD is stable. when something is wrong, you still can boot the machine with the stock drive; will help save some times with it.

12-02-2012, 09:01 PM
I got a Samsung 840 on cyber monday. I was really debating the 840 vs 830 but since they were the same price I just went with the 840 even though people were experiencing some problems such as dead on arrival with it. No problems yet and it is quicker than the 830 in some respects.