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    SSD hard drive

    Hi! I just bought myself a new SSD hard drive, but im not sure how to install it. I suppose i have to reinstall windows? I dont have a Windows 7 CD. Is it possible for me to install windows on the SSD, even if i dont have a CD i can use to reinstall Windows on the computer?


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    Re: SSD hard drive

    See this thread and look a post #5...they're not listed numerically so you'll have to count. Then follow the suggestion and the link in that post.

    Install Win 7 on SSD from recovery discs? - HP Support Forum - 1830221
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    Re: SSD hard drive

    I just bought myself a new SSD hard drive
    Just to avoid confusion and nip it in the bud before it becomes habit, it is NOT an "SSD Hard Drive".

    There are SSDs (solid state drives) and there are "hard" drives. There is no such thing as SSD Hard Drive (although there are "hybrid" drives - but that is different yet). The "hard" refers to the platters, the actual disks inside the drive are "hard", inflexible, metallic, spinning disks. SSDs don't have "disks" or any moving parts, but memory modules much more similar to RAM modules than the magnetic media of a disk. "Soft" disks (or media) are more commonly referred to as "floppy" disks because the disks are ... floppy - very similar to magnetic recording tape, except in shape.

    To your problem, I note for every SSD I have purchased, it came with migration software (or it can be downloaded from the SSD maker's site) that allows you to transfer (migrate) from HD to SSD. Or a good imaging backup program can transfer too.

    HOWEVER, I would urge you to have a full backup of any data you don't want to lose.
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    Re: SSD hard drive

    Looks like Digerati already beat me to it : )

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    Re: SSD hard drive

    Aah, thanks Digerati. I didn't know that.

    This software will let me transfer all my files from my HD to my new SSD? And this does not require me to install Windows again?

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    Re: SSD hard drive

    From personal experience, I would recommend a clean Windows install where possible when installing an SSD. It ensures that Windows will run as fast as possible and will work well.

    However, I fully understand if you either can't, or don't want to reinstall. There's a good guide on how to migrate to an SSD without reinstalling here on Lifehacker: How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows. That explains things pretty well.

    As Digerati said though, many SSD's come with their own migration software you can use.

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    Re: SSD hard drive

    This software will let me transfer all my files from my HD to my new SSD? And this does not require me to install Windows again?
    That's the theory. The migration software creates an image of the source disk and recreates it on the destination disk. You then need to ensure the SSD is set as boot.

    That said, I agree with Stephen about the fresh install.
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