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Windows 7: Replacing the hard drive with an SSD - easy?


31 Dec 2011   #1

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Replacing the hard drive with an SSD - easy?

Got an 128 GB SSD last night.

Did a backup on the hard drive.

Need to revisit the instructions, but it's install the SSD, put the boot CD in, plug the old hard drive in an USB port and let the process go.

That easy?

Will Microsoft be asking for activation on Win 7 and/or Office?

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31 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If it's a brand new unused drive, it is painless.

I assume you have a Windows install disc and want to put Windows on the SSD? If so, boot from the install disc.

Be sure to UNPLUG all other drives before you start.

You'll re-install all programs. You will have to activate Windows, but I don't recall any such thing for Office.
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31 Dec 2011   #3

 

Easy beans

If you have an OEM copy of Windows 7 MS could ask you to call in to activate; its an automated call takes only a couple minutes and painless. If its a retail copy it should activate perfectly as long as you have the key number.

Office should be the same if its OEM as Windows 7 OEM.
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31 Dec 2011   #4

windows 7
 
 

I replaced a 32gb ssd with a 228gb one in my hp slate 500. All I did was to boot from the system repair disk that I created and then restore from a image and all was as before including my programs and files.
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31 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I assume you have a Windows install disc and want to put Windows on the SSD? If so, boot from the install disc.
The notebook did not come with an install disk...is that something I burn one myself?
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31 Dec 2011   #6

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What are your intentions?

1: "Transfer" your existing installation to the SSD?

or

2: Do a fresh install to the SSD and then reinstall all of your programs

or ????

Do you have an external hard drive of any type?

Did you get any disks at all with the notebook?

Describe your intentions as best you can.
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31 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

you can buy an insulation disk for relativity low amounts of money, and use the CD key on the bottom of your notebook. or.. if you have a friend borrow theirs (no implying you dont have friends lol... just not everyones a computer person)
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31 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What are your intentions?

1: "Transfer" your existing installation to the SSD?

or

2: Do a fresh install to the SSD and then reinstall all of your programs

or ????

Do you have an external hard drive of any type?

Did you get any disks at all with the notebook?

Describe your intentions as best you can.
I want to transfer (clone if that's accurate) the OS and data off my hard drive to the SSD.

Got a USB hard drive with 340 GB free - plenty

No disks came with the notebook.

I have 1-2 insulation disks. What I think the SSD kit wants me to do is go ahead and swap the hard drive with the SSD, boot with their CD, with my old hard drive in an insulation pack plugged in a USB port, and apparently will clone my data to the SSD.
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31 Dec 2011   #9

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I assume you bought a retail package SSD that included those installation discs you refer to?

If that is right, I would go ahead and attempt to use it per their instructions.

If it fails, there are other methods---namely "imaging"---which is a transfer of a certain type. Or a "clean install", which is a brand new installation and would force you to reinstall all of your programs.

If you have to use "imaging", that would require the use of your external USB---that's why I asked.

What brand and model SSD did you get?

I'd go ahead per the instructions in the box.

First, be SURE be SURE to back up your personal data. You never know what will happen and should be prepared to land in the toilet.
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31 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

^ Yes, to the 1st question - it has an installation disk

It's a 128 GB Kingston
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