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hi,in answer to your questions,
1 i will have internet access
2 my browser is IE9
3 My firewall is Kaspersky
4 my email is hotmail
5 i have one last question, once i have installed v2 of the firmware update can i install v6 & v7 before i go back into the bios and change the sata mode back to AHCI ?
i have also checked that i have downloaded the correct versions of firmware (for 2.5 in drive)
and i am now going to do a full back up of my system to a external hard drive and will start my update on Monday 16th April.
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i have one last question, once i have installed v2 of the firmware update can i install v6 & v7 before i go back into the bios and change the sata mode back to AHCI ?

Yes, It is recommended to stay in IDE mode for all 3 firmware updates.I see you have s sound card installed. I think this would be better removed and then re installed after you have the computer up and running again.Your Mobo, download page, user manual. http://www.asus.com/...7P55D/#downloadWhen you are ready to upgrade, please perform the following. Ensure you have created a window7 recovery disc.Unplug from the mains, > Remove the side of the case, > Take anti static measures by briefly touching a bare unpainted part of the PC case. > Check that the Optical drive is connected to SATA E1. > The SSD connected to SATA A1, > the 500GB HDD to SATA A2. > Disconnect the 750GB HDD.Restart the computer to check it will boot, > shut down, > Insert the first Firmware update disc in the optical drive and restart, (this to check that the PC will boot from the CD ROM.) > restart and enter BOIS. > change to IDE mode. > restart the PC.Follow the instruction to perform the 3 Firmware updates and shut down.Follow the instructions and perform the secure erase of the SSD. > shut down, > take anti static measures, connect the 750GB HDD to SATA A3, > restart the PC and enter BIOS, > set SATA back to AHCI mode. > Check that all drives are recognized, > shut down.Follow instructions to Install the OS.Install drivers from the Mobo CD, if you select manual install you can prevent the bloat-ware from being installed.Boot to window, > create a manual restore point, > Create an image of the C drive and save in a new, clearly marked folder on you backup drive. > create a Point, > Install your Browser. > create a restore Point, create a folder on the desktop to hold any downloads, > Create a Restore Point, > update the BIOS and drivers, (I only update drivers from the Manufacturers site) Optional, I create a manual restore point before every update. > restart.you should now be in window if is running OK, create a second image of the C drive and save to backup drive.See next post.

Edited by iammykyl, 15 April 2012 - 04:23 AM.

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Using the guide below, partition the 500GB HDD, In the unallocated space, create partition size, 100MB, Drive letter X, Label, Programs. Then create a partition in the remaining unallocated space, Drive letter Y, Label, DATA.
Remember the restore points. http://windows.micro...-disk-partition

Using the guide below. Move the My Docs folder to the DATA partition.
Test that this works by creating a folder on the Desktop Name, Test, then move it to my docs. If it is in My Docs, delete it.

Create an image of the C drive, Save to a new folder, OS images, in My Docs.

Unplug computer, take anti static measures. Follow you user manual and install your sound card, install software to the C drive. Close up the Computer.
Create an image, save to my docs.

Create a restore point, Install firewall and ant virus to the C drive.
Create an image, save to my docs.

Just for a few days, do not install any other software,

Have a look through this topic, http://www.overclock...e-for-ssds-hdds

AS you can see, there is more you can do, some very involved. WE can optimize your games, Have a look through options IE9, (I have not used) see if there is an option to always prompt for a download location.
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