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How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive


    Hello,

    I just bought a lenovo Z580 with windows 8 and I also have a new hard drive coming. The first thing I tried to do was create factory restore disks so that when the new hard drive gets here I can remove the old hard drive and replace it with the new one and put the pre-installed windows 8 that came with the laptop on it. I can't however find a way to create factory restore disks. Is this still possible and if not what are my options for replacing a hard drive for this laptop and using the same windows install that originally came with it? I would prefer to not have to clone the hard drive because the new hard drive is an SSD so I will want to install windows with AHCI mode on.

    Ultimately, I want to do a clean install of windows 8 on the new laptop using the existing pre-installed windows 8 key. I imagine this would be pretty simple if I had windows 8 install discs but I don't have those either as they didn't come with the laptop. Any ideas on what my options are to make this work?

    Thanks for your time.

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    I would imagine your laptop has a recovery partition, if you were to image and transfer that partition you should then be able to use it to install windows 8 with AHCI enabled!?

    That's if your BIOS makes AHCI mode available.
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    So if I do Create a Recovery Drive and Tick the box "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive." I will be able to boot with a new blank hard drive from the created recovery drive (from USB) and install windows 8 on the new hard drive? Is it straight forward from that point forward? Sorry for being stupid but I was under the impression this recovery drive couldn't be used to install windows 8.
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    a recovery "partition" is different, it allows you to reinstall when your system has gone bad it may work form the usb but I expect you would have to use a program (paragon has a 30 day trial I believe EaseUS partition manager will do the same for free) to copy the partition image to usb then use a boot disk/usb (created by the backup/recovery program) to "recover" the partition to the new drive and then install from there.
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    You can do what I did.

    I used Acronis True Image 2012 to crate an image backup of my SATA II 80GB boot drive, all partitions.
    Replace the SATA drive with my new 128GB SSD drive.
    Restored the backup image to the SSD.
    Booted and all was well, everything worked exactly as before only a whole lot faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    You can do what I did.

    I used Acronis True Image 2012 to crate an image backup of my SATA II 80GB boot drive, all partitions.
    Replace the SATA drive with my new 128GB SSD drive.
    Restored the backup image to the SSD.
    Booted and all was well, everything worked exactly as before only a whole lot faster.
    Should work fine if your drive is already in AHCI mode.

    I found IDE mode works but obviously you need trim for an ssd.
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    EaseUS partition manager & Acronis True Image, Bootable Recovery CD/DVD will not boot with Secure Boot, as all new OEM manufacturer's PC with Windows 8 have Secure Boot enabled.

    You will need to use the Windows system image, as the Bootable Recovery CD/DVD/USB will boot with Secure Boot

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
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    win 8


    I can't say I fully understand any of these solutions but here is where I am so far. I have an old 150 GB HDD that I'm testing the process with until I get the SSD.

    First I created a system image of the 500 GB HDD that the laptop came with. I then created a system repair disc. I took out the 500 GB HDD and put in my old 150 GB HDD (which has been formatted to contain 1 partition which is set to active). Started the computer up with system repair disc and chose to restore system image and it picked up the system image I had created (in another external HD). I tried to restore the image on the 150 GB HDD but got error 0x80042412. I tried a lot of things including formatting the 150 GB HDD in different ways and even creating a new image of the 500 GB HDD but I continued to get this error. I read online that this is likely because the image is of a larger HDD and even though that 500 GB is almost completely empty (brand new computer nothing on it) it still won't "fit" because it tries to create those same partition sizes on the smaller HD. Since my SSD that is coming is 120 GB I figure I would run into this problem with that as well so I went searching for another solution.

    At this point I went in bios to at least make sure I could even switch to AHCI. I discovered that it was already in AHCI so now I figured the "clone" options would become available to me since windows was already installed in the mode I wanted it to be for the SSD. I downloaded Macrium Reflect and am now trying to clone the 500 GB HDD to the 150 GB HDD. I'll let you know the results.

    Please give me any information if you think I went wrong anywhere or can confirm any of my suspicions. Thanks.
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    Do clone all needed partitions.

    Click image for larger version
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    I am cloning all 7 partitions that were on the original 500 GB HDD. Maybe if this works I can try to get fancier and try to figure out which ones are needed and just clone those.
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