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Upgrading laptop to SSD


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#1 trashcan7

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:21 AM

So recently my laptop has been acting up, which I believe is the hard drive starting to fail. But good news is that this gives me an excuse to upgrade to an SSD!

I have a Toshiba Satellite P755.
The SSD I am considering buying is the Samsung 830 256GB. This should work, right? What else will I need to upgrade the laptop? I assume some sort of SATA/USB cable to clone my existing drive, as well as a case to convert the HDD into an external drive. Would it just be worth the extra $20 for the notebook upgrade kit?

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:50 AM

There is software like Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, or Disk Imaging that will "clone" the contents of your hdd, but they aren't cheap.

Another option would be to purchase an external enclosure which attaches via USB and just copy and past data from one to the other. If you have multiple files that you want to move you can hold down the Ctrl key and click on files which you wish to copy and then paste into the SSD.

Just curious here, how are you going to install the operating system?

Edit: I just learned of a free application which you can use to clone your hdd, you can check it out at Macrium.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:30 PM

I assumed that cloning the drive would also clone the OS so that I wouldn't have to install it. Is this wrong? I would like to keep all the partitions, including the one with the factory reset stuff.

Apparently Windows 7 has its own cloning utility? Have you heard about this? Or any other freeware out there will do fine.

So all I need to get is something like this external enclosure (feel free to suggest alternatives), find a freeware cloning software, and I should be good to go?

Edited by trashcan7, 25 October 2012 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:15 PM

I believe he is asking about how you will run the software that will clone the hard drive, since the SSD will have no system on it to begin with.

For example, Macrium allows you to clone and restore onto another hard drive, but you must be able to open the program on the drive you want to restore to. Since the SSD has no operating system installed, how are you going to open the program on it? (Pardon me if I said anything wrong, I have never used Macrium, nor have I ever changed my disk before.)
For your purposes though, that upgrade kit seems like it might be helpful.

Edited by Kagamin, 25 October 2012 - 04:16 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:39 PM

I was planning on running it on the OS that is currently in my laptop now, and saving the image on the same drive (it's much less than half full). Then according to this, I can make a Windows Recovery CD and use that to restore the image onto the SSD.
But, I'm not so clear on details, so please correct me if I'm wrong or if there's an easier way, let me know.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:40 PM

I am not sure of the specifics, but it seems like this works.
At least, assuming that the Windows Recovery CD is a bootdisk that can be loaded without an OS. I'm pretty sure that it will be, but if that's not the case, then you'd need to find a different way.

This also seems like the easiest way to me :)

Also, depending on what you mean by "acting up", that old hard drive that you aren't using would be great for storage and backup.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:51 AM

To clear things up here, Samsung provides you with Norton Ghost which you can use to clone your drive. So the process is, the software clones your hard drive to the SSD, after that you take out the hard drive and place in your SSD which then it should boot up. I've done this twice with the Intel Data Mitigation Software which is really simple and easy.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:59 AM

Thank you for the advice! I didn't know Norton Ghost made it so easy. I'm guessing it also takes care of whatever optimization for SSD's are necessary? (I've heard stuff about alignment can be off when just cloning). And will it clone all the partitions? Also, Norton Ghost only comes with the Notebook Upgrade Kit, which is an extra $20. Do you think it is worth it, or is there freeware out there that does similar thing?

Edited by trashcan7, 26 October 2012 - 09:33 AM.


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:19 PM

Your better off with Intel's solution as that is sooo much easier and can simply buy the cheapest 2.5" enclosure for this as i bought a $7 which did the job.

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