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July 30, 2013 7:53:46 PM

Hello everyone, noobie here. I'm planning to get a SSD in the near future and I wanted to ask how I can reinstall Windows 8 OEM to the SSD and remove everything from the HDD. I already backed up my files.

No cloning please, just a clean install.

Can I change the boot priority to the dvd-->ssd-->hdd then, when the install screen shows up I just format the hdd and install windows on the ssd?

Final question, I'm using the Windows 8 OEM, so can I still use it with the same key? :) 

Any suggestions would do!

Thanks!

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a c 752 G Storage
July 30, 2013 8:00:39 PM

1. Remove the HDD for the install. Have only the DVD and SSD connected.
2. The OEM will install, but 'may' balk at activation. If it doesn't activate online, the call to the phone robot will do the trick.
3. Reconnect the HDD after everything works correctly on the SSD. Format as needed.
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July 30, 2013 8:05:30 PM

USAFRet said:
1. Remove the HDD for the install. Have only the DVD and SSD connected.
2. The OEM will install, but 'may' balk at activation. If it doesn't activate online, the call to the phone robot will do the trick.
3. Reconnect the HDD after everything works correctly on the SSD. Format as needed.


Oh ok.. So about formatting the HDD, do I just format it or there's a specific method?
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a c 752 G Storage
July 30, 2013 8:08:29 PM

dawggg75 said:
USAFRet said:
1. Remove the HDD for the install. Have only the DVD and SSD connected.
2. The OEM will install, but 'may' balk at activation. If it doesn't activate online, the call to the phone robot will do the trick.
3. Reconnect the HDD after everything works correctly on the SSD. Format as needed.


Oh ok.. So about formatting the HDD, do I just format it or there's a specific method?


Disk Manager within Windows will do the trick. You can blow away any and all partitions, including the System Reserved that is on there from the previous Windows install.
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July 30, 2013 8:09:53 PM

USAFRet said:
dawggg75 said:
USAFRet said:
1. Remove the HDD for the install. Have only the DVD and SSD connected.
2. The OEM will install, but 'may' balk at activation. If it doesn't activate online, the call to the phone robot will do the trick.
3. Reconnect the HDD after everything works correctly on the SSD. Format as needed.


Oh ok.. So about formatting the HDD, do I just format it or there's a specific method?


Disk Manager within Windows will do the trick. You can blow away any and all partitions, including the System Reserved that is on there from the previous Windows install.


Thank you very much!
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a b G Storage
July 30, 2013 9:01:14 PM

One other tip: While the newer types of SSDs work better and have less 'wear and tear' wearout than older (read the cheap) models I would still not use the SSD as the 'primary' (read as everything goes here) drive. I would still error on the side of caution and install any small unnecessary programs, games, your Windows profile, etc. to the HDD, especially in your Program's Settings listings for LOG / Temp files.

Older SSDs had lower life lasting then HDDs when reading and writing. So someone would default everything to it, then install BF3 with all the extras, download dozens of movies, etc. reading and writing GBs of data daily, then suddenly have the drive die out in a year or less because it wore out.
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July 30, 2013 10:44:51 PM

Tom Tancredi said:
One other tip: While the newer types of SSDs work better and have less 'wear and tear' wearout than older (read the cheap) models I would still not use the SSD as the 'primary' (read as everything goes here) drive. I would still error on the side of caution and install any small unnecessary programs, games, your Windows profile, etc. to the HDD, especially in your Program's Settings listings for LOG / Temp files.

Older SSDs had lower life lasting then HDDs when reading and writing. So someone would default everything to it, then install BF3 with all the extras, download dozens of movies, etc. reading and writing GBs of data daily, then suddenly have the drive die out in a year or less because it wore out.


Oh ok, thanks for the tip. :) 
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