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Should I use an image of Win 8 OEM on new SSD or retail?

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    One of the gotchas with laptops is most of your hardware will work with the stock Windows drivers, but some custom functions may not. Namely your special function keys. You may find that your keyboard screen brightness keys don't work, or your keyboard volume up down doesn't work. The custom laptop manufacturers drivers usually fix this situation.

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    Thanks friends! One more question... since I pulled out the HDD that came with the laptop and replaced it with SSD, I will be installing the HDD back as secondary drive. Its my understanding that a Quick Format will do... but Asus had partitioned it in two. Should I leave it like that or is it OK if I just have one main partition? The drive is a 750GB 7200RPM WD Black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    Thanks friends! One more question... since I pulled out the HDD that came with the laptop and replaced it with SSD, I will be installing the HDD back as secondary drive. Its my understanding that a Quick Format will do... but Asus had partitioned it in two. Should I leave it like that or is it OK if I just have one main partition? The drive is a 750GB 7200RPM WD Black.
    First, you should make a backup image of the whole disk in case you want to sell/give away your laptop in the future etc... then once you are up and running with Windows, you can delete the whole thing and repartition it as you wish.
    Macrium Reflect Free is easy to use for backup.

    EDIT: the backup program will backup the data occupied by the disk, not the whole 750GB in case you wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    Thanks friends! One more question... since I pulled out the HDD that came with the laptop and replaced it with SSD, I will be installing the HDD back as secondary drive. Its my understanding that a Quick Format will do... but Asus had partitioned it in two. Should I leave it like that or is it OK if I just have one main partition? The drive is a 750GB 7200RPM WD Black.
    First, you should make a backup image of the whole disk in case you want to sell/give away your laptop in the future etc... then once you are up and running with Windows, you can delete the whole thing and repartition it as you wish.
    Macrium Reflect Free is easy to use for backup.

    EDIT: the backup program will backup the data occupied by the disk, not the whole 750GB in case you wonder.
    Sorry if I wasnt clear... I just meant to ask, is it OK to use a 750GB as one partition...or does it create any benefits to split it into two partitions?
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  5. #15

    Can I just transfer an image from desktop to laptop?


    OK, same Windows is now installed on both my desktop PC and my laptop. Very different drivers though, different hardware...obviously. So now that I've started to install a few programs on the laptop, (and I've got MANY more to do), I wondered...

    What IF I could take my desktop image (OS + Programs) and install THAT on my laptop instead of doing every program installation manually. HOWEVER, I dont want to mess up any of the drivers it took me so long to install on the laptop. Should I just continue installing programs or should I stop and make an image of desktop... (I dont even know if what im asking is possible)...

    As an aside, I dont think I would have enough room on my laptop C: drive because its half the size as the desktop C: drive... but I was wondering if its possible to "separate" drivers from the rest when installing an "image", so that the drivers foundation remains intact and the OS is laid on top..

    Doable?
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    Sorry if I wasnt clear... I just meant to ask, is it OK to use a 750GB as one partition...or does it create any benefits to split it into two partitions?
    this really is up to you however you want to organize your personal data. Use it as a whole is fine, or divide it into partitions. I use it as a whole disk and create folders to store different type of files: documents, video, music etc... less crowded when I open "This PC" instead of having all the drives listed in it.

    What IF I could take my desktop image (OS + Programs) and install THAT on my laptop instead of doing every program installation manually. HOWEVER, I dont want to mess up any of the drivers it took me so long to install on the laptop. Should I just continue installing programs or should I stop and make an image of desktop... (I dont even know if what im asking is possible)...
    Windows 8 is really forgiving in this part. I have done it before with physical/Virtual machines. It will re-run "getting devices ready" and install appropriate drivers for your Laptop. However, you might need to do a little cleanup to remove all the drivers that were associated with your desktop.
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    OK, only problem left now is that i have an exclamation mark next to "high Definition audio device" (which is one of two audio devices)
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    OK, only problem left now is that i have an exclamation mark next to "high Definition audio device" (which is one of two audio devices)
    Just right click on it and uninstall. If there's a check box asking to delete the driver, tick it and reboot your laptop to see if Windows can find a correct driver or run Windows Updates else, you need to download the driver from the manufacturer.

    EDIT: also download Drive Tools for Windows Cleanup
    and run as admin, it might help to clean up all the orphan devices.
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  9. #19


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    I put 2 SSD's in my laptop. The original 750 GB drive that was in it went into and external enclosure. I deleted all the partitions on it and made just the one. I use it to backup what's on the laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    OK, only problem left now is that i have an exclamation mark next to "high Definition audio device" (which is one of two audio devices)
    Do you get sounds out of your speakers? If it's not that it may be the audio part of your HDMI output. If it's video drivers will fix it.
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