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Windows 7: How do I downgrade from SSD to mechanical HDD

03 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1
How do I downgrade from SSD to mechanical HDD

Unusual request perhaps, but I'm getting an ex-corporate HP 8470p Notebook PC with 256GB SSD installed.

I don't yet fully understand SSD technology - thankfully, there's a whole lot of reading in this forum I can do on the subject to remedy that.

In the interim, I would like to replace the SSD with a (higher capacity) good old fashioned mechanical HDD so I can get the 8470p up and running asap.

Is it just a matter of swapping out the SSD for a Sata HDD in the same drive bay and re-booting, or are there other configuration changes I will need to make as well?


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03 Sep 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

There's not much you need to understand about SSD technology. Windows is installed in the same way as on an HDD. The differences are largely transparent to the user. I assume your only reason for going with HDD is more capacity.

Do you want to do a clean install of Windows to the HDD or do you want to transfer the SSD installation to the HDD? Or does the HDD already have a Windows installation on it and you just want to install that drive into the HP notebook and use the HDD Windows installation?
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03 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1

Yes it is solely to get more capacity at this stage.
Intend to do a clean install to HDD.
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03 Sep 2014   #4
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It should be as simple as just replacing the SSD with the HDD and then booting up the computer and installing Windows as usual, if that is the case.
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03 Sep 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1

Was hoping it was that easy

Thanks very much
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