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6 year old laptop Windows installation after SSD switch

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Hey folks. My g73sw is still serving well to my office needs. I really need to change the HDD to a SSD though. The PC came with Windows 7 but I upgraded it to a Windows 10. The problem is I do not have any recovery disks.

How can I switch the HDD to a SSD and use windows 10 and my PC like it is now?

I really dont want to buy a new Windows 10 installation CD and KEY as I will evantually get a new laptop in 2017.

Thanks in advance.
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You can order recovery disks from Asus.

But you're a little confused. You don't want to do a restore. You don't want to do a repair / recovery.

Restoring your laptop to the state it came out of the factory can be handy for a number of different reasons. Perhaps you're having problems with your laptop's performance, a virus or you simply want to sell it on and remove all your programs, files, passwords and other sensitive information. In these situations, a recovery partition is your friend.

I don't think you want to do that.

System recovery options can help you repair Windows if a serious error occurs. To use system recovery options, you'll need a Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. If you don't have either of those choices, you can create a system repair disc to access system recovery options.

I don't think you want to do that either.

The typical method for installing a new drive is to clone the old drive onto the new drive. Cloning makes an exact copy of the original drive, then that clone can be put onto the new drive. (Note that you can not just "copy" Windows from one drive to another.)

Pretty much all drive manufacturers supply free cloning software on their websites. There are also many free and paid cloning programs available.

Background:
Let's say you have a bunch of nuts and bolts that you've photographed and you want to duplicate that photo.




There's two ways to do that:
You could take a picture of each nut and bolt and then take all those pictures and combine them into one big photo of all of the nuts and bolts and then shrink that picture back to the size of the original.. You will have a picture that includes all the nuts and bolts, but the nuts and bolts won't be arranged like in the original photo. This is the equivalent of "copying" on a computer.

Or you could take the original photo and scan it and then print out a new copy. That's the equivalent of cloning. You get a new picture with all the nuts and bolts in the exact same position is the original.

Since computers have to have certain data and programs in specific places on a drive, "copying" the drive by copying all the original programs and data won't work. You get all the programs and data (nuts and bolts) but not in the order they were originally.

Cloning a drive is the equivalent of scanning and re printing a photo. Not only do you get all the programs and data (nuts and bolts) but they are all in the exact same position as in the original photo.
 
 
 
 
Edited by billbartuska - 10/4/16 at 3:46am
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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