After I installed my new 2 TB hard drive, I started the Windows 7 installation to create partitions. I created two partitions on the new hard disk, one 100 GB in size as Windows partition, and I did set the remaining 1900 GB as secondary partition where I want to store huge programs and games, and very big folders of data, like my photo folders. After that I started to install Windows 7.
The installation of Windows doesn’t take time, but I was already annoyed because the next steps would be more time-consuming. When Windows 7 was installed, I shut down my PC to reinstall my old 500 GB drive that I divided up to 3 partitions back then. I deleted the partitions and made a single partition out of it, to move the 500 GB together. Before I did that, I had to move all the data to my new drive, and it was extremely time-consuming to move around 500 GB of data. When I was done, I moved not so important data back to the old drive because the hard disk is old, and I don’t want to store important data on it anymore, because I assume that my oldest hardware will die first at some point, in theory.
Now I could start to install all the drivers, security software and the small tools I need daily. I had to install a lot of small tools that I use regularly, so the whole process took time. When you are done with it, you want to configure different tools, or you want to import settings and data back, that was for example the case for my email tool Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Firefox. Then I noticed that I used all kind of plugins and scripts, which means I had to reinstall them too. I had to do this or similar things with different tools, and that is annoying.
The next fun was to install huge tools like my graphics software, the music software and the plugins I need to play guitar through my PC and headphones, and of course the fairly big games, and I have a lot of big games that I play regularly. Some examples are World of Warcraft, Battlefield 4 and others, and it’s no fun to download games from the official servers that are around 50 GB in size. After two days installing and downloading, I should be done, although there are sometimes still some minor things that cross my mind, so that I have to install some things again.
I am usually very happy when I am done with a fresh installation of the whole system, because it takes time and thinking, because it’s no fun, and because I want to do it right. But now that I am almost done, I can concentrate on important things again.