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#1 Sandhandrews

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:13 AM

Good morning!

 

Six years ago I purchased this beast: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230103

I'm not even  close to expert in computers, but it seems as though the specs on  this machine are still significantly better than low end new laptops.  But it's slowed down a lot over these last few years.  So a friend suggested I buy an SSD for it (which is good, because the boss at the office wouldn't approve the cost of a new laptop for my work use).  

 

On Black Friday, then, I bought a Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBRE5UE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) with a hard drive encloser (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFZN4VE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) off of Amazon.
 

They've arrived!  But in the time that's passed since, my laptop is now having Windows source errors of some kind and restarting itself almost every hour.

My question is, how do I proceed?  I've read a little about cloning the hard drive onto the SSD.  Could I just copy my original laptop disks onto the  SSD instead and basically start over that way?  What's my best option if not that?

Thanks,

Steve



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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:38 PM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

 

I'd recommend against cloning a computer that is already having issues.

 

What I would suggest is to installing the SSD in the laptop and putting the current drive in the enclosure.  Then reload your laptop with the original disks.  After your software has been installed connect the drive in the enclosure and copy your data back.



#3 Sandhandrews

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:41 PM

Thanks for the response and the welcome! I removed the old hdd and installed the new ssd. However, I can't seem to get it to boot from anything. There's another old hdd in it with a recovery partition, but it won't use that. I've got my recovery DVD in the drive, but it won't use that either. Whenever I power it on, I try f9 at the Asus logo, but that does nothing. Esc lets me pick the DVD or other hard drive, but they just go back to the black screen that says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." I'm currently using my pc to make a Windows 10 install USB, that's my next try. Am I doing something wrong?

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 05:50 PM

Do you need to save anything from the old hdd ? as well can you boot the computer from a live boot cd/dvd ? you don't need hdd to boot a computer and my self id just use mint or hirens to boot the computer, format the SSD and set it up for a new install as well as copy over files to be saved.

 

http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

 

https://www.linuxmint.com/






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