About to embark on grand adventure system build

Posted: 01-10-2009, 02:55 PM

I'm finally about to build my new computer from scratch & I could use
some help/advice so I do things right.

The system has a nice new P6N MB, 2 SATA dvd writers (one which is Blu
Ray) and a brand new 1T Seagate SATA drive which is unformated, 8 Gigs
of memory and I plan to install Vista 64 SP1 Retail Ultimate.

I've installed all the new HW and have everything wired up right. Just
want to make sure I have things figured out since its been ages since
I've done something like this. I've already built and burned a seperate
DVD that has all the latest MB drivers as well as well as my drivers for
the HD DVR and Vid card. I also made a boot floppy on my old XP system
just in case my MB's bios is old and needs updated. Supposedly to deal
with with more than 4 gigs of memory it needs to be at least version 1.3
but am hoping that wont be an issue.

*Step 1:*
Apply power and as soon as system starts hit "delete" repeatedly to get
into the bios config. Check the Bios version, if it it needs to be
updated then exit bios and reboot with the floppy in the drive/flash the
newer bios and reboot then re-enter the bios config. Make the meory
adjustments my memory provider recommended and then go to the drive
section of the bios and set things so the MB see's the 3 drives.

*Step 2:*
Do I actually need to change the boot order to say Boot from DVD first
or leave it at default which is, I believe, Floppy/HD/ CD-DVD?

(Not sure if I need to do this one or not since the HD isn't formated
yet.)

*Step 3:*
Insert Vista Premium 64 SP1 DVD in one drive and the DVD with all my
drivers in the other in case Vista needs them for the install


*Step 4:*
*Save the changes I made in the bios and reboot.*

At this point if I understand things correctly the system will reboot
and first try to boot to the HD which isn't formated and when it fails
to find a formated drive then it will check the DVD drives and away I
go, hopefully to a successful install of everything off the MS DVD.

From this point on simply follow the Clean installl instructions ie:

*Step 5:*
Let the Vista Disk format the HD to say 3 NTFS partitions, 1st
partition I'll call "*-main-*" which will house things like OS and main
Apps like Office and such to say 300 gig, and then 2 partitions that I
will call "*-Work-*" (which is where I will locate the share folder for
my roommate on our home network as well as all my school work folders
and such) and "*-Play-*" which will hold all my game folders and play
around type stuff like Vid editing SW and DVD file) I plan to make each
350 gig in size.

*Step 6:*
Go thru the rest of the clean install and then allow system to reboot
when Vista install says it needs to restart.

*Step 7:*
At this point the system should reboot and this time access & boot from
the the HD since its formated and the OS has been installed on it and
finalize the install.
At this point

Does this sound like what I need to do or am I missing something
important I need to do?

I would appreciate any advice others can offer so this process goes as
smooth a possible


--
bratboy1

About to embark on grand adventure system build


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Rick Rogers
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Re: About to embark on grand adventure system build
Posted: 01-11-2009, 11:49 AM
Hi,

Step 2) Yes, just leave it as is. When it fails to find bootable media with
the floppy and hard drive, it will move on to the optical one. Make sure the
right optical drive has the Vista installation disk in it.

Steps 4-7) You understand correctly.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
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"bratboy1" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
news:0ed2e6548c8566f5f8ce94a7381531e5@nntp-gateway.com...
>
> I'm finally about to build my new computer from scratch & I could use
> some help/advice so I do things right.
>
> The system has a nice new P6N MB, 2 SATA dvd writers (one which is Blu
> Ray) and a brand new 1T Seagate SATA drive which is unformated, 8 Gigs
> of memory and I plan to install Vista 64 SP1 Retail Ultimate.
>
> I've installed all the new HW and have everything wired up right. Just
> want to make sure I have things figured out since its been ages since
> I've done something like this. I've already built and burned a seperate
> DVD that has all the latest MB drivers as well as well as my drivers for
> the HD DVR and Vid card. I also made a boot floppy on my old XP system
> just in case my MB's bios is old and needs updated. Supposedly to deal
> with with more than 4 gigs of memory it needs to be at least version 1.3
> but am hoping that wont be an issue.
>
> *Step 1:*
> Apply power and as soon as system starts hit "delete" repeatedly to get
> into the bios config. Check the Bios version, if it it needs to be
> updated then exit bios and reboot with the floppy in the drive/flash the
> newer bios and reboot then re-enter the bios config. Make the meory
> adjustments my memory provider recommended and then go to the drive
> section of the bios and set things so the MB see's the 3 drives.
>
> *Step 2:*
> Do I actually need to change the boot order to say Boot from DVD first
> or leave it at default which is, I believe, Floppy/HD/ CD-DVD?
>
> (Not sure if I need to do this one or not since the HD isn't formated
> yet.)
>
> *Step 3:*
> Insert Vista Premium 64 SP1 DVD in one drive and the DVD with all my
> drivers in the other in case Vista needs them for the install
>
>
> *Step 4:*
> *Save the changes I made in the bios and reboot.*
>
> At this point if I understand things correctly the system will reboot
> and first try to boot to the HD which isn't formated and when it fails
> to find a formated drive then it will check the DVD drives and away I
> go, hopefully to a successful install of everything off the MS DVD.
>
> From this point on simply follow the Clean installl instructions ie:
>
> *Step 5:*
> Let the Vista Disk format the HD to say 3 NTFS partitions, 1st
> partition I'll call "*-main-*" which will house things like OS and main
> Apps like Office and such to say 300 gig, and then 2 partitions that I
> will call "*-Work-*" (which is where I will locate the share folder for
> my roommate on our home network as well as all my school work folders
> and such) and "*-Play-*" which will hold all my game folders and play
> around type stuff like Vid editing SW and DVD file) I plan to make each
> 350 gig in size.
>
> *Step 6:*
> Go thru the rest of the clean install and then allow system to reboot
> when Vista install says it needs to restart.
>
> *Step 7:*
> At this point the system should reboot and this time access & boot from
> the the HD since its formated and the OS has been installed on it and
> finalize the install.
> At this point
>
> Does this sound like what I need to do or am I missing something
> important I need to do?
>
> I would appreciate any advice others can offer so this process goes as
> smooth a possible
>
>
> --
> bratboy1
Mike Hall - MVP
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Re: About to embark on grand adventure system build
Posted: 01-11-2009, 12:22 PM
"bratboy1" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
news:0ed2e6548c8566f5f8ce94a7381531e5@nntp-gateway.com...
>
> I'm finally about to build my new computer from scratch & I could use
> some help/advice so I do things right.
>
> The system has a nice new P6N MB, 2 SATA dvd writers (one which is Blu
> Ray) and a brand new 1T Seagate SATA drive which is unformated, 8 Gigs
> of memory and I plan to install Vista 64 SP1 Retail Ultimate.
>
> I've installed all the new HW and have everything wired up right. Just
> want to make sure I have things figured out since its been ages since
> I've done something like this. I've already built and burned a seperate
> DVD that has all the latest MB drivers as well as well as my drivers for
> the HD DVR and Vid card. I also made a boot floppy on my old XP system
> just in case my MB's bios is old and needs updated. Supposedly to deal
> with with more than 4 gigs of memory it needs to be at least version 1.3
> but am hoping that wont be an issue.
>
> *Step 1:*
> Apply power and as soon as system starts hit "delete" repeatedly to get
> into the bios config. Check the Bios version, if it it needs to be
> updated then exit bios and reboot with the floppy in the drive/flash the
> newer bios and reboot then re-enter the bios config. Make the meory
> adjustments my memory provider recommended and then go to the drive
> section of the bios and set things so the MB see's the 3 drives.
>
> *Step 2:*
> Do I actually need to change the boot order to say Boot from DVD first
> or leave it at default which is, I believe, Floppy/HD/ CD-DVD?
>
> (Not sure if I need to do this one or not since the HD isn't formated
> yet.)
>
> *Step 3:*
> Insert Vista Premium 64 SP1 DVD in one drive and the DVD with all my
> drivers in the other in case Vista needs them for the install
>
>
> *Step 4:*
> *Save the changes I made in the bios and reboot.*
>
> At this point if I understand things correctly the system will reboot
> and first try to boot to the HD which isn't formated and when it fails
> to find a formated drive then it will check the DVD drives and away I
> go, hopefully to a successful install of everything off the MS DVD.
>
> From this point on simply follow the Clean installl instructions ie:
>
> *Step 5:*
> Let the Vista Disk format the HD to say 3 NTFS partitions, 1st
> partition I'll call "*-main-*" which will house things like OS and main
> Apps like Office and such to say 300 gig, and then 2 partitions that I
> will call "*-Work-*" (which is where I will locate the share folder for
> my roommate on our home network as well as all my school work folders
> and such) and "*-Play-*" which will hold all my game folders and play
> around type stuff like Vid editing SW and DVD file) I plan to make each
> 350 gig in size.
>
> *Step 6:*
> Go thru the rest of the clean install and then allow system to reboot
> when Vista install says it needs to restart.
>
> *Step 7:*
> At this point the system should reboot and this time access & boot from
> the the HD since its formated and the OS has been installed on it and
> finalize the install.
> At this point
>
> Does this sound like what I need to do or am I missing something
> important I need to do?
>
> I would appreciate any advice others can offer so this process goes as
> smooth a possible
>
>
> --
> bratboy1

Step 5

You will have to manually set the primary partition to 300gb (100gb would be
a more reasonable size) then, after Vista has installed and is running, you
create whatever others in Disk Management..


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Mike Hall - MVP

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http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx




 
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