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Help please! Moving Windows 8 to my SSD

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Hi all,

So I'm in bit of a pickle. Here's the story.

- I have my 1tb hard drive.
- I installed a Windows 7 OEM on there (I have a physical copy - I clean installed it in the beginning)
- I upgraded to Windows 8 via the $40 online upgrade.

Now, I have a 128gb SSD in the mail. I need to move my OS to that.

What is the easiest way to do this? I was thinking about backing up, clean installing 7 then upgrading to windows 8 - but will this work? I have no idea how OEM's and upgrades work and am stressing out!

Thanks a lot guys!
Edited by crackerssss - 11/29/12 at 9:47pm
post #2 of 8
if u have the space u could clone the drive although i would recommend reinstalling windows 7 then going to windows 8
post #3 of 8
you can just clone it, good cloning software will allow you to adjust the partition size so you can fit it onto the ssd, is windows on its own partition on your pc? or do you have a a disc with win 8? or did you just download? if you can clean install with windows 8 its easier as it detects ssd and optimises for it smile.gif
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@kolec
I was thinking about cloning, but at the moment my HDD is about half full - so 500gb I would have to sort through. If I was going to reinstall 7, would there be an issue just wiping the drive and starting from scratch? Not sure how the keys for OEM windows work.

@jimbags
I didn't know cloning software could do that. Any reccomendations?
And I dont have a disc, in the OP there are a list of events how I get everything going to this point smile.gif

@hoottt
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Edited by crackerssss - 11/29/12 at 9:46pm
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Sure thing.

I'll send you my SSD so you can fix it. I'm going to need your CC details, home address, mobile number and birth certificate. thumb.gif
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Sure thing.

I'll send you my SSD so you can fix it. I'm going to need your CC details, home address, mobile number and birth certificate. thumb.gif
hahaha. biggrin.gif

check this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration

I'd suggest you first shrink the OS partition as small as you can to fit the SSD. Then make a system image and restore it to the SSD or clone after.
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hahaha. biggrin.gif
check this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
I'd suggest you first shrink the OS partition as small as you can to fit the SSD. Then make a system image and restore it to the SSD or clone after.

Thanks for the info Sean! thumb.gif Definitely one of the most active/useful mods I've seen on OCN.

Because I've got a LOT of crap, I was thinking about reformatting anyways - would my idea of reinstalling 7 from the OEM disc work?
To be honest, most of the crap is CAD and Adobe software leftover from uni, and I also have a windows.old folder sitting there that won't delete. rolleyes.gif
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Thanks for the info Sean! thumb.gif Definitely one of the most active/useful mods I've seen on OCN.

Because I've got a LOT of crap, I was thinking about reformatting anyways - would my idea of reinstalling 7 from the OEM disc work?
To be honest, most of the crap is CAD and Adobe software leftover from uni, and I also have a windows.old folder sitting there that won't delete. rolleyes.gif
Yea, just backup all you want to backup. pop in the Windows 7 install disk and install like normal and activate. Then install the Windows 8 upgrade.
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