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Migrating data from HDD to SSD question

Hey guys!

I just purchased a laptop that I should be receiving in a few days. The laptop comes with a conventional 500GB Hard drive. I am planning on putting in a Corsair GS 128gb ssd, but the problem is the laptop doesn't come with a DVD drive. So I was planning on migrating the data from the new laptop hard drive to my ssd. Now my concern is that this ssd already has windows 8 Installed on it from a previous laptop I had it in. If I use a data migration tool will the data automatically be erased from the ssd to clone in the new information? or will I need to format the ssd before I get started?

Thank you!
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    You should go ahead and format beforehand, even if your cloning software says it does it for you. This will prevent any old data from creeping in.
  2. Blaise170 said:
    You should go ahead and format beforehand, even if your cloning software says it does it for you. This will prevent any old data from creeping in.


    Thanks for your quick response Blaise! How should I go about doing that? Can I connect the ssd externally and just format it through windows? like quick format using NTFS?
  3. That would be easiest. It shouldn't take too long either since SSD write speeds are so quick.
  4. Ok thanks! Also, can I migrate the data to the ssd while it is connected externally through a USB connection?
  5. Cloning will be quickest through SATA, but since you are on a laptop that is not possible. I'm pretty sure you can clone through USB, but I'm not 100% sure.
  6. Thank you for your help Blaise! Can someone please verify if cloning can easily be done through USB connection?
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