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Can I transfer SSD from desktop to laptop?

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#1 brendon7358


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 11:59 PM

Hi :) let me do some explaining:


I hate laptops, they never cut it for me and are unreliable (I have also only ever used cheap laptops..).  I have never had any problems with desktops though, but there is a problem... I am going into the Air Force in 2 months, and I will not be able to bring my 30+ lb rig with me because that would just be too much of a pain in the a** so I have to get a laptop.  I got the Venom Blackbook 15, I figured since it had similar (but better) spec's than my current rig, I could just pretend it was a desktop and hopefully not have any problems.  I want to move the SSD from my desktop to the laptop when I get it to make the illusion even better, and I was wondering (and hoping) if I could just put it in and it would work.  I suspect this is not the case and therefore I seek your assistance on what I need to do to move my SSD from my desktop to the laptop with the least possible issues.


I suspect drivers for the CPU, GPU etc will be the problem so here are the spec's


Current Rig:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 @ 4.5GHz

GPU: Radeon R9 280x




CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ


MOBO: ???


I know, it can't get much different than that...


Also, when I get the laptop I will be selling my current rig, I'm not sure if I should part it out (much easier to ship), or sell the whole thing.  Also where (besides ebay) would be a good place to sell it?  I can give a full list of spec's if anyone is interested in buying it here, I will also be selling my keyboard (razer blackwidow ultimate stealth) and monitor (BenQ XL 2420te).


Thanks for your help :)



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 12:21 AM


  I want to move the SSD from my desktop to the laptop

You will need to reinstall Windows I think.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 02:31 AM

Can be done - but i would backup all important files just in case.

If you have a spare drive you can use Acronis and do a Backup of current C:\ Drive to that.

Also create a Acronis Boot Disk.

Fit the SSD in the Laptop / Boot from the Acronis Boot Disk / Select Restore Backup Image from the spare drive and ensure you

select Universal Restore Tab.


Ive done 2 Desktops after Mobo replacements / and 1 Lappy - had no issues.

Strange enough , recently i removed my 500g WD from HP G6  to put in a ASUS Lappy and tried as a test and it booted no probs and ran fine.

Did formatt it after anyway and full reinstall of her Product and Software.


So do a backup first and if everything doesnt work just leave the SSD in the Laptop and do a restore back.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:35 AM

How hard is it to switch out an SSD?  It comes with a 256gb one but mine is 500gb.  When I asked them about it, they recommended not removing it...


It appears the SSD in the venom is less a drive and more of a chip, therefore I would not be able to swap it out... I could swap my SSD with the HDD though, although then I would have less storage overall...

Edited by brendon7358, 09 April 2015 - 07:42 AM.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:24 AM

I put a 250 EVO in one of my LT's it replaced a 640 gig spinner the transfer software did not care that it was smaller.

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