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#1 durkinjt

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:33 PM

Dumb question, to upgrade to a SSD drive do you just remove the existing HD and replace it with the SSD? I know the bios probably be reset for the replacement. Went on Google and am still not 100% clear, needed some expert advice. T.I.A.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:53 PM

durkinjt,

 

As long as the drive is the same type and form factor, yes you take the old hard drive out and plug the new hard drive in.

 

It is a relatively straight forward process, but you will still need to perform the data migration (and re installation of your OS with the new hard drive).



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 10:18 PM

For upgrading to SSD, we usually clone the old HDD directly to the SSD. Unplug the HDD first, and then boot from the SSD. If anything goes wrong, you still got the copy of everything on the HDD. As to clone software, some freeware work quite well, like free easeus todo backup or clonezilla.



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:56 PM

Any time you get a new hard drive it is the best time to take advantage of it and do a clean install of the operation system.  Not only will your system run faster but you also won't copy over any crap your system might have got over the year.

 

Plus moving from an HDD to SSD for your boot/OS drive you need to go into your bios and change the SATA controller from IDE to AHCI or you will not get the full speed benefits of the SSD.  Then install the operating system onto the SSD.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:15 PM

So with windows 10 being free at the moment you could download a copy to a usb or a dvd, and install that to the new ssd..?.......will a backup software like macrium then restore your programs and docs and pics etc etc to the new SSD ?


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:43 PM

Windows 10 is free to owners of Windows 7 or 8 and must be upgraded first then you can do a clean install later.

Once installed you just reinstall your software and copy over your docs and pics

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