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New GT70 Laptop. Installing SSD as Primary drive. Can't get windows on it.

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Hey guys,

I have looked all over online and can't find any info to successfully help me with my problem.

So I got a new GT70 Laptop for on the go gaming and video production. This exact model:

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GT70-2OC-065US-17-3-Inch/dp/B00CU9GLUM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385703789&sr=8-2&keywords=gt70

I thought I would get the model without the SSD and put it in myself. I thought it would be as easy as tossing one in my rig, but far from it.

Here is the issue. The laptop comes with windows 8 (Which I have no clue how to use mind you) and its uninstalled on the stock HDD. The laptop didn't come with a windows disk or even a Windows 8 Key to download online. It's on the HDD and that is it. I can't figure out how to do a clean install of Windows 8 on the SSD and erase the HDD and use it as a data disk. Although I hate doing it, I tried cloning the HDD to the SSD and some weird DRM mishap later, and the SSD was bricked and wouldn't boot. Thanks to Best Buy's customer service employees having no clue what an SSD was, I got a fresh one. Now what? I tried making a windows 8 Recovery Drive and installing just the SSD and booting from the Reco Drive but it didn't work. Just kept asking for the HDD and said the SSD was "Locked".

So what do I do?

TL;DR
Bought a new Laptop. Tried to install 3rd Party SSD as Primary Drive and HDD as media drive. No Windows 8 disk or key to install on SSD. Windows pre-installed on HDD. Cloning didn't work thanks to weird DRM issue.
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I believe the Keys for win8 is actually apart of the bios

are you sure your bios settings are set up for uefi ?

I had that issue on my y580 and i run win7 instead now (im still not ready to make an advancement-that is me personally for me myself and I to fight over)


Thats odd that the migration tools did not work for ya

Honestly Call UP msi and tell them what you want to do they can help you
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