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Alienware: which SSD? How to reinstall OS and drivers on new device?

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October 31, 2013 7:31:05 AM

Hi everybody!
I ordered an Alienware 17 notebook with this specifics:

CPU: i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, 2.4GHz up to 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 780m 4Gb DDR5
HD: 750Gb HDD 7200RPM
RAM: 16Gb DDR3 1600MHz
OS: Windows 8

I'd like to buy an SSD 250Gb, reinstall the OS on it and use the old HDD as a storage, but I'm plenty of doubts:

- First of all, the SSD. I have read on the forum that the top is Samsung 840 pro. But in practice, it worth the difference of price with an evo or a basic? Are there cheaper alternatives? I think I'll install on it the OS, some games and some graphic and calculation programs like photoshop, imaris, matlab, r...

- The notebook is a refurbished and has win8 preinstalled (so I haven't the original cd). Is there anybody who can explain step by step to me how to create a win8 cd, how to set the bios, how to format the HDD and how to reinstall the system? In substance, how can I move the system from the hdd to the ssd?

- Last but not least: I know alienware has a sort of own software that contains themes, drivers and I don't know what else. How can I move it from the hdd to ssd?

Thanks a lot and sorry for my awful english!
Valerio

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October 31, 2013 7:58:28 AM

Just about any SSD will do, as long as it's a reputable brand. You don't need top of the line as it will give very little, if any, performance gains. I've used Kingston, Cavalry, and Samsung SSDs, and all work about the same. As for the drivers, you don't need to move them all, you can download all of them from Dell's website.

To reinstall, you'll need to get an .iso download for Windows 8 (PM me if you need it) and burn it to a flash disk or a CD/DVD. When the computer boots you'll see a screen that says press [key] to enter BIOS. You'll press whatever key it prompts. You can set the BIOS boot order to whatever you'd like, as well as any overclocking (for later once you get setup). Once you set it up to boot from your USB/DVD, it will automatically open Windows for you. In this case, you will just follow the on screen prompts to finish up.
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November 1, 2013 4:44:27 AM

Blaise170 said:
Just about any SSD will do, as long as it's a reputable brand. You don't need top of the line as it will give very little, if any, performance gains. I've used Kingston, Cavalry, and Samsung SSDs, and all work about the same. As for the drivers, you don't need to move them all, you can download all of them from Dell's website.

To reinstall, you'll need to get an .iso download for Windows 8 (PM me if you need it) and burn it to a flash disk or a CD/DVD. When the computer boots you'll see a screen that says press [key] to enter BIOS. You'll press whatever key it prompts. You can set the BIOS boot order to whatever you'd like, as well as any overclocking (for later once you get setup). Once you set it up to boot from your USB/DVD, it will automatically open Windows for you. In this case, you will just follow the on screen prompts to finish up.


All right, thank you!
Just some things: could I create a win 8 cd from the original system or I have to download it? Where I can find the licence key, is it under the back panel? And doesn't the other HDD influence the installation of new SSD? I think at this point I have two HD both with the same OS...
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