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Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

  1. #81


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    I am at the start of a similar problem: I just bought a new HP Envy H8-1409. This computer has a fast CPU, Bus, memory and video card, but a slow HDD. I would like to replace the HDD with an SSD. This is without the support of the OEM, who refuse to provide the licence key or any other assistance in resolving this issue.
    So I would appreciate input on which of the following, or perhaps another alternative has the best chance of success:

    1) Pull the HDD install the SSD, boot with the repair disc, and restore the system image I made earlier according to the OEM's instructions for this PC on their website.

    2) Use the cloning software provided by the SSD manufacturer to clone the HDD contents onto the SSD (Kingston 240GB)

    3) Get hold of a legal copy of W8, install and format the SSD (Could be $40 to $120 Cdn)

    4) Return the new PC to the store, hand build a new PC with W7 instead.

    Help appreciated!

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  2. #82


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleseye
    I would like to replace the HDD with an SSD. This is without the support of the OEM, who refuse to provide the licence key

    As the licence key coded in to the uEFI/BIOS firmware, how is that refusing to provide the licence key?

    All fuor of your option in post should work.

    Option 5
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  3. #83


    To see the 'hidden' license key use Belarc advisor.
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  4. #84


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by diesele View Post
    To see the 'hidden' license key use Belarc advisor.
    No need for key finder.

    As any legal Windows 8 core/Pro DVD will pick up the key in the BIOS.
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  5. #85


    I didnt need the key theogg, although it was good to be able to make a note of it. Was that due to win 8 BIOS/UEFI handling it or did it clone the original disk serial when i moved the OS to my SSD? Be good to know that too :-)

    PS I just cloned my main editing PC's OCZ Agility 3 SSD to a new Samsung 840 Pro and the benchmarks have doubled. Speed was well down on the OCZ after 18 months use but I think the TRIM command is getting through. This took half an hour with the Paragon software you recommended. 30 mins!!!
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  6. #86


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    In your case, it was the clone.

    Yes,Paragon has some good software.
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  7. #87


    Posts : 34
    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits


    Hi Epoch / or any other forumers who have Lenovo (Windows 8),
    Good day,

    I saw the thread that you managed to clone from the HDD to SSD using Paragon software and at the same time, the OKR8.0 managed to work on the SSD.

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    My case does not turn out to be so fortunate. OKR 8.0 was broken after cloning was done.

    My Y580 comes pre-installed with Windows 8. The stock lenovo HDD is about 500GB whilst the SSD is 120GB. I clone the HDD (500GB) to SSD (120GB) using Paragon and Paragon automatically changes the size of the partition in the SSD. I do not know if this resulted in the OKR 8.0 to breakdown since OKR is sensitive to any changes in partition size. I am just wondering how do you make it? Do i miss out any steps when configuring the cloning process???

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    What options do you choose for this?? Do you maintain a one to one ratio when cloning from the stock Lenovo HDD to SSD??
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  8. #88


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    I used the cloning software that was provided with my Kingston SSD. When it came to the point where the PC was supposed to boot up with the DVD in the drive, even after selecting the DVD drive in the boot order, al I got was a black screen and a non-flashing hyphen part way down the screen. As I was under a time constraint to get the system working, I went out and bought a retail copy of W8, did a fresh install on the SSD and it all worked from there. I now have my own, unencrypted, completely legal, W8 SSD, and the system is working well so far.
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  9. #89


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I used the cloning software that was provided with my Kingston SSD. When it came to the point where the PC was supposed to boot up with the DVD in the drive, even after selecting the DVD drive in the boot order, al I got was a black screen and a non-flashing hyphen part way down the screen.
    You were using unsigned software.


    I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.


    The only 3rd party software that I know of, that fully supports Windows 8 is PARAGON 12 & is signed by Microsoft .
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  10. #90


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Makes sense, thank you. I checked the Kingston SW specs and I saw it mentioned W7 but not W8.
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