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skepar
12-13-2013, 10:32 AM
Hi guys, i am about to install SSD to my ROG75VX and I am wondering which is better option while formatting new SSD, MBR or GPT partition before performing clean install of Win 8.1?

Please share your opinion regarding pros\cons and Win 8.1 installation complexity while using GPT.

Thanks,

Zygomorphic
12-13-2013, 11:17 AM
From a technical point of view, GPT is better, and I believe that Windows 8 supports it well. Windows 7 could support GPT, but didn't always like it. I'd recommend the GPT at this point.

skepar
12-13-2013, 11:32 AM
From a technical point of view, GPT is better, and I believe that Windows 8 supports it well. Windows 7 could support GPT, but didn't always like it. I'd recommend the GPT at this point.

Thanks I appreciate your opinion on this but are there any additional steps need to be followed like disable secure boot in BIOS and staff like that when first time mounting the new SSd and preparing for clean install?

rewben
12-13-2013, 02:23 PM
for a new untouched ssd, w8.1 installation should take care of everything. it's pretty much straight forward.

in the bios, disabling secureboot, disabling FastBoot, and enabling Launch CSM are important so that devices other than the OS drive can boot.

skepar
12-13-2013, 04:07 PM
for a new untouched ssd, w8.1 installation should take care of everything. it's pretty much straight forward.

in the bios, disabling secureboot, disabling FastBoot, and enabling Launch CSM are important so that devices other than the OS drive can boot.

Excellent... Thanks mate :)

skidoo
12-14-2013, 05:30 AM
thinking of a ssd purchase / upgrade myself.
I have a g75 vx, however I downgraded my os to win 7 pro.
so, if I do install a ssd and want to use win 7 pro...is it best for me to install in mbr??

rewben
12-14-2013, 11:25 AM
thinking of a ssd purchase / upgrade myself.
I have a g75 vx, however I downgraded my os to win 7 pro.
so, if I do install a ssd and want to use win 7 pro...is it best for me to install in mbr??

both work fine for our laptops.

if i remembered correctly, w7 defaults to mbr for fresh install to untouched ssd.

if you wanna run the laptop in uefi mode, you need to:
1. use disk management to make the new ssd a gpt disk first (in your current windows);
2. use a uefi-compatible windows install media for the OS.

in what mode does your current w7 pro run? if it's in uefi mode, then you will need gpt.

Zygomorphic
12-14-2013, 12:44 PM
thinking of a ssd purchase / upgrade myself.
I have a g75 vx, however I downgraded my os to win 7 pro.
so, if I do install a ssd and want to use win 7 pro...is it best for me to install in mbr??
Yes. That is correct.

skidoo
12-14-2013, 09:57 PM
running win 7 in legacy bios.
so I will keep the ssd in mbr .
thanks to both you and zygo for replies.
both work fine for our laptops.

if i remembered correctly, w7 defaults to mbr for fresh install to untouched ssd.

if you wanna run the laptop in uefi mode, you need to:
1. use disk management to make the new ssd a gpt disk first (in your current windows);
2. use a uefi-compatible windows install media for the OS.

in what mode does your current w7 pro run? if it's in uefi mode, then you will need gpt.

rewben
12-15-2013, 10:51 AM
no problem :)

Zygomorphic
12-15-2013, 11:04 AM
no problem :)
Glad to help! That's what we're here for!

rewben
12-15-2013, 02:15 PM
Glad to help! That's what we're here for!

yes, @Zygo :)