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August 17, 2013 10:15:17 AM

I've run into many problems trying to take Windows 8 and my data from a 750 gb HDD and transfer it to a 120gb SSD. I've used 6-7 programs and I still can't transfer my active partition to my SSD and have it boot to windows after swapping it out with my HDD.

It seems that I need a recovery image. After cloning either just the active partition with my OS on it, or everything on my source drive, the target drive will not boot to windows.

At this point, I am almost willing to pay someone to do this. I've been at it for 2 days now.

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a b G Storage
August 17, 2013 10:19:01 AM

the problem is to change your os to the ssd you have to set it as your os drive or c drive once you copy your os over
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August 17, 2013 10:34:10 AM

Ok look what you have done wrong is to try to copy an OS to a SSD from HDD. That cannot be done. Just keep one thing in mind OS is not transferable. You have to install it to a drive and not just copy over. And recovery image will also not help at this moment.

Now do you have bootable media(DVD/USB) ? If so, then do a clean install of OS on SSD. Unplug the HDD(interface/power) when installing OS on SSD. Then plug back the HDD.

Can I help you with something else!!!
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a c 884 G Storage
August 17, 2013 10:35:26 AM

If you have successfully cloned/migrated your previous Windows install to the new SSD, restart, bring up te BIOS, and change the boot order.

DVD first, SSD second, nothing after that.
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a c 884 G Storage
August 17, 2013 10:36:29 AM

If you just tried to 'copy' from HDD to SSD...that will not work.

Either one of the many clone/migration tools, or (as I always recommend) a fresh install on the new SSD.
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a c 311 G Storage
August 17, 2013 10:43:28 AM

A fresh clean install is the preferred method.
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a b G Storage
August 17, 2013 10:45:29 AM

The best results are achieved by freshly installing Os on SSD and then cleaning hdd after taking backup and re partition.
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August 17, 2013 11:32:23 AM

legokill101 said:
the problem is to change your os to the ssd you have to set it as your os drive or c drive once you copy your os over



How do I do that? I'm using a laptop. There is only one sata port.
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August 17, 2013 11:34:24 AM

lonewolf7 said:
Ok look what you have done wrong is to try to copy an OS to a SSD from HDD. That cannot be done. Just keep one thing in mind OS is not transferable. You have to install it to a drive and not just copy over. And recovery image will also not help at this moment.

Now do you have bootable media(DVD/USB) ? If so, then do a clean install of OS on SSD. Unplug the HDD(interface/power) when installing OS on SSD. Then plug back the HDD.

Can I help you with something else!!!


If I can't copy an OS from an HDD to an SSD, then either there are a lot of misleading program claims out there as well as people, or I'm really missing something in what I have been reading.

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August 17, 2013 11:36:41 AM

USAFRet said:
If you have successfully cloned/migrated your previous Windows install to the new SSD, restart, bring up te BIOS, and change the boot order.

DVD first, SSD second, nothing after that.


I'm working with a laptop. There is only one sata port. No DVD drive. And in the BIOS, I see nothing aside from the target hard drive.
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August 17, 2013 11:39:24 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
A fresh clean install is the preferred method.


I made the mistake of buying an Asus with windows 8 pre-installed. So I have noWindows 8 disc, and no way of getting the product key, since supposedly they are now embedded in the BIOS of prefab machines. I'm totally ok with starting from zero witha fresh install. I just don't know hwo to get a product key and redownload windows 8 from Microsoft. At this point, I paid for windows 8, and I want windows 8. :) 
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a c 311 G Storage
August 17, 2013 2:12:50 PM

Asus is an OEM. When an OEM preloads an OEM version of a Microsoft operating system, then the OEM is responsible for providing technical support rather than Microsoft. Try contacting Asus.
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a b G Storage
August 20, 2013 1:38:51 AM

Agree with above , They should have provided with Installation Disk you should probably go to the store where you bought it from if you din buy online or go to asus service/support center.
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