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SSD/HD OS swap

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1

    SSD/HD OS swap


    I bought a computer with Windows 8.1 on a 1TB HDD. I put in an SSD and transferred Windows onto it with Microsoft Office. The HDD, being used for data storage, then became unreliable within a few weeks. There was also a lot of fan noise. In order to get the HDD repaired under warranty, I replaced it in the computer as it was on purchase before sending to repair. The repair under warranty resulted in replacement of the broken HDD with a new HDD containing a new copy of Windows 8.1. The machine is now working fine again, and Microsoft Office reinstalled. I have not replaced the SSD because I want to see if the fan noise has gone away. I can still hear more noise than I would've liked.
    The question is - whether the SSD, which still has the OS on it, and Microsoft Office 2013, can be replaced in the machine as before if the fan noise is resolved, and whether I can keep the duplicate OS and Office on the HDD (together with data storage) as a back up to return to if things go wrong again.
    Excuse me if posting in the wrong forum - and glad to be re-directed or for any advice. Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Your safest bet is probably to clone the NEW hdd to your SSD and replace. Then yes you can have the new hdd as a backup.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1


    Thanks - I will do that.
    The fan is still noisy and not working well. I had put the HDD in the optical bay before -- now wondering if the extra heat strained the fan and broke it. I will try to get the fan replaced.
    I would like to use the SSD again for the operating system, but perhaps I can put the SSD in the optical bay and keep the HDD where it should be, to avoid the over-heating issue. Is there any way of running Windows from the SSD when it is positioned in the optical bay?
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    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    What is the model of the computer? I don't see any issue of running the SSD in the optical bay except for some possible lower speeds depending on the ODD bays specifications re the SATA level. But maybe there is a greater known issue with the fan
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1


    HP Pavilion 15p158sa.
    I'm just wondering how you move the operating system so that it boots from the optical drive SSD...
    I am trying to get the fan fixed. The processor was maxing out at 100% and it was making a loud fan noise earlier. There is something wrong, but not with the HDD, which is new... I will have to take it in for a repair under warranty again.
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    windows 8.1


    Would it be as simple as pressing escape on turning on and changing the boot order so it boots from the optical drive? That'd be great, to move between the HDD OS and the cloned version on the SSD.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by DLMurray View Post
    Would it be as simple as pressing escape on turning on and changing the boot order so it boots from the optical drive? That'd be great, to move between the HDD OS and the cloned version on the SSD.
    That's what I would say. It wouldn't detect it as an "optical drive" though, just another HDD.

    And sorry to say, but that is typical behaviour of HP laptops. They are bad build quality except for the ProBook business line. Good luck.
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