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Hey all,

I want to upgrade a laptop that is running windows 8 on a 500GB HDD to 120GB SSD but don't want to lose the OS / license etc.

The laptop does not have a disk drive.

Is there a way to do this?

I did read about creating a recovery usb or something, but will this work as the hard drive is considerably smaller?

Thanks

Tv
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Hey all,
I want to upgrade a laptop that is running windows 8 on a 500GB HDD to 120GB SSD but don't want to lose the OS / license etc.
The laptop does not have a disk drive.
Is there a way to do this?
I did read about creating a recovery usb or something, but will this work as the hard drive is considerably smaller?
Thanks
Tv

The only chance you may have is getting a program to grab your key for you and then burning an install disk from an ISO of the exact version of windows you have. Google around you'll find the program, I don't know it off the top of my head- you'll have to reinstall all programs though thumb.gif

Wait... if you buy a new computer you can upgrade to windows 8 for $15 can't you? confused.gif
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Hey all,

I want to upgrade a laptop that is running windows 8 on a 500GB HDD to 120GB SSD but don't want to lose the OS / license etc.

The laptop does not have a disk drive.

Is there a way to do this?

I did read about creating a recovery usb or something, but will this work as the hard drive is considerably smaller?

Thanks
Tv

Clone. As long as the used space on the HDD is smaller than the SSD's capacity, you should be able to adjust partition sizes when you clone it (at least, Acronis let me do this when I replaced the 750GB HDD on my laptop with a 256GB SSD). Does the laptop not have a sticker with the product key, though?
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Clone. As long as the used space on the HDD is smaller than the SSD's capacity, you should be able to adjust partition sizes when you clone it (at least, Acronis let me do this when I replaced the 750GB HDD on my laptop with a 256GB SSD). Does the laptop not have a sticker with the product key, though?
Moving from HDD to SSD, it's better to reinstall for the system isn't it? thinking.gif
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Moving from HDD to SSD, it's better to reinstall for the system isn't it? thinking.gif

Nah, not really necessary. For the most part, the only annoying issue with cloning from HDD is 4K alignment. With advanced format HDDs, new mechanical drives are already 4K aligned so that becomes a non-issue if you bought a new system. The only setting that might carry over is defrag and you can easily disable that manually. The rest of SSD optimizations (disable Indexer, disable Prefetch, disable Hibernate, etc), you do regardless of whether you cloned from an HDD install or performed a clean install.
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