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adding SSD to Alienware 15

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I couldn't find any specific, clear cut answers so here is my noob question o' the day. I'm wanting to add a Crucial mx200 m2 250gb SSD to my brand new Alienware 15, it has an existing 1tb HDD that I want to use for data and install the OS on the SSD. I've got a usb with the alien respawn recovery installed on. What's the process? Do I just install the m2, plug in the usb, boot up and install the OS to the SSD? is it that simple, or do I need to unplug the hdd? This is all new to me lol.
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Per Dell:

The AlienRespawn software is a tool that comes preinstalled in all Alienware computers which will help you to safely backup and recovery your information to protect it from data loss or simply to restore the computer to the original factory settings.

Therefore it is not a Windows Install disk and you can't use it to install Windows.

I believe you'll have to either purchase a Windows Full Install disk or mage the current 1TB drive and then re image it to the new SSD.
Note that you can;t image a larger drive to a smaller one, so you'd have to shrink the 1 TB drive to the same size as the SSD first.
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Bare with me as I'm learning all this. I was under the impression from what I read that I could use the Factory Image on the usb to install everything onto the SSD how it came from the factory. If that's not the case, I'll have to clone the drive. is there a way to clone to the SSD before I install it into the laptop or can install it, boot from the hdd and clone it there?
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I have no idea what the Alienware software actually does. That's a question for Dell Support.

What I do know is that many people confuse backup with imaging. They are two completely different thing. A backup is just copies of files. An image is an exact copy of a complete drive that includes all the exact locations of all the files on the drive. (There are many files that have to be in an exact position on the drive to be read.)

The suggestion to use a DVD indicates to me that it is a backup of certain files, as a drive image will not fit on a DVD, it's the same size as the drive (ie. 1 TB).

Just my 2 cents.............
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