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Transferring OS from one drive to the next?

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My laptop only has 1 drive slot available and I've replaced it with an SSD. I have a retail copy of win8 pro but I think it might be an OEM version and thus won't have me validate. Is it possible to put the old drive back in, make a recovery disk on a USB drive, and then transfer it to the SSD afterwards? How would I do this, too?

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put your old hdd back in, there should be a recovery partition on there. Make copy(ies) of your recovery partion to dvd. Then fire your ssd in there and re-install.
EDIT: Whats your laptop model/brand? It should have instructions on how to do this......
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What I would do is to go to your local computer store and pick up an external enclosure for your old drive. You can then hook that up through USB to your laptop and use clonezilla or something similar to image your old drive to the new one. You can read more about clonezilla here: http://clonezilla.org/

A external enclosure with USB 3.0 should only cost about $20 or less. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388031

I think even best buy might carry them though you will probably pay more at a best buy. I would check Office Depot or Office Max too.
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Originally Posted by ripsaw View Post

put your old hdd back in, there should be a recovery partition on there. Make copy(ies) of your recovery partion to dvd. Then fire your ssd in there and re-install.
EDIT: Whats your laptop model/brand? It should have instructions on how to do this......

It's the X131e. I know you can do it through DVD disks, but I don't have an external enclosure. Maybe that's what I should do - pick up an external enclosure.
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Originally Posted by Warsteiner View Post

What I would do is to go to your local computer store and pick up an external enclosure for your old drive. You can then hook that up through USB to your laptop and use clonezilla or something similar to image your old drive to the new one. You can read more about clonezilla here: http://clonezilla.org/

A external enclosure with USB 3.0 should only cost about $20 or less. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388031

I think even best buy might carry them though you will probably pay more at a best buy. I would check Office Depot or Office Max too.

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll take a look at it. I wanted to keep the spare drive as a backup/recovery/storage disk anyways. This would also work.

Cheers guys!
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