I've got an HP dv6 laptop running Windows 7 x64 with a 1TB HDD, and I recently bought a new hard drive, a 1TB SSHD seagate hybrid drive, for it. I'm looking to install the new hard drive as a clean restart as far as OS and files go, since I have a license to Windows 8.1 pro through my school. So I'm here for any advice on what to do, since this is my first time to do anything like this (installing a new primary hard drive and installing a new OS)
I have a 3TB external (WD my book) to help me along, since my plans are to make a full backup of everything onto the external, then start anew. Also I have an 8 gig flash drive I'm thinking might be helpful for the OS install, which is through Microsoft's DreamSpark
I probably could just find a walkthrough online but I would rather get somebody who knows what I'm doing to help me along.
One main concern that I have is that I have a few issues with my computer (the main reason I'm starting fresh with a new hard drive) that I have deciphered to be BIOS issues, would my plan eliminate those? I know BIOS is beneath OS but I was hoping any bugs might get kinked out when going through the installation...
Another concern that isn't really a concern, does this mean I will lose all of the pre-loaded HP software? Because I'm completely cool with that.
So yeah any help is greatly appreciated, I probably won't get started for a few days, allowing a solid amount of time for anybody to offer advice or for me to answer any supplemental questions.
If it's necessary, my laptop has;
4GB RAM, I want to say DDR3, I bought it in May 2011
Intel i7-2820QM processor