I'm about to undertake swapping out my HDD with a 250GB Samsung EVO SSD. I'll post afterward and let the community know how it went and if I'm getting noticeably better performance.
If anyone has tips to make the process go more smoothly, please post.
Here's where I'm starting:
- ASUS Laptop with 30GB SATA HDD spinning at 4500RPM
- Windows 8.1 (upgraded from Win 8.0 which was upgraded from Win 7)
- No CD/DVD drive but do have an external if needed
- 2 USB ports (1 @ USB 3.0)
I don't plan to clone my current HDD to the SSD. Instead I'll do a fresh install because I've read several places that it's best (for performance and stability to install Win 8.1 directly rather than upgrading from Win 8. Is that true?
Also, I understand that cloning onto a smaller SSD involves some issues - not insurmountable but issues nonetheless.
I'll have all my docs, photos, videos backed up to an external drive and the cloud. I imagine there's some sort of profile and settings wizard that can help me preserve those but I haven't looked as yet. I have all the drivers downloaded from ASUS Support and saved to a USB stick.
There is no Recovery Image on the HDD that I can save as a backup on my external HDD or a CD or DVD - I have read that when you upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 online using the Windows Store, no recovery image is included. If Win 8 had been installed directly, it includes a Recovery Image. Anyone know different?
I can create a Recovery Image using the directions here, apparently, and use that to do the fresh install - this according to Microsoft's Support Team. And they tell me that even though my Product Key is the one for Windows 8, I can use it for Windows 8.1 as long as I install from the media I created. I'm hoping it will truly be a fresh install under these conditions given that I'm creating the recovery media from my existing installation. Anyone know for sure?