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Transferring pre-installed windows 8 from HDD to SSD

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    Transferring pre-installed windows 8 from HDD to SSD


    I am gonna buy a laptop that comes with windows 8. I want to replace that HDD with an SSD . So how do I go about this

    Thanking you

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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.


    Take a look at this Tutorial:

    SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System - Windows 7 Forums

    SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Forums
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    You could also migrate your OS with this utility to SSD from your hard drive.
    Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition - CNET Download.com

    EDIT:
    Get a larger SSD with transfer kit.
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    Windows 7


    Hey theog, thanks for your reply

    I am getting the lenovo ideapad y580 and i dont think i can order the OEM Recovery disks. There is no such option.

    So how do i transfer the OS or install it . and any recommendations on which SSD to get
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    Check out chapter 3 in this manial:

    http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/...12_english.pdf
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    yup i read that yesterday. Thanks a lot bro

    So I'll choose the restore to the factory status and back it up in my usb. Then when i install it in the ssd wont it ask for a product key ?
    thanks a lot for answering all these silly questions
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    I did this recently.

    I used Acronis TI Home 2012 to make a full image backup of Win 8 from a SATA 80GB partition.
    Connected the SSD, then restored the backup to it.
    Booted and all worked perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmadabus View Post

    So I'll choose the restore to the factory status and back it up in my usb. Then when i install it in the ssd wont it ask for a product key ?
    NO, The product key is coded in to BIOS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I did this recently.

    I used Acronis TI Home 2012 to make a full image backup of Win 8 from a SATA 80GB partition.
    Connected the SSD, then restored the backup to it.
    Booted and all worked perfectly.
    I'm planning to do the same thing next week. Was your SATA HDD the same size as your 80GB partition or was the partition smaller than the physical HDD?

    The reason I ask is that my current HDD is 1TB but the backup I did with Acronis TI of that HDD came out to 60GB, which I intend to copy to the SSD I sent for, which is 256GB.

    Sebastian F.
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    Sorry, don't know if Acronis will allow you to "restore" a larger partition to a smaller space -- but I use Macrium Reflect and I know it won't.

    I was faced with a similar situation, so what I did was first, migrated data files OUT of the OS partition to shrink it down to a size that would easily fit on the much-smaller SSD.

    Then, I did an image backup using Macrium Reflect to an external drive (you could do the same with Acronis).

    Then, I swapped the HDD and the SSD -- but booted from the MR WinPE Boot CD.

    Then, I plugged in the external drive containing the backup -- and "restored" the Win7 OS image to the SSD -- and rebooted.

    When the PC came up, everything was OK.
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