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Will fresh install of os to a new ssd with old file drives work in replacement of old ssd to be wiped?

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December 21, 2013 1:48:29 PM

I wasn't sure how to word this so as not to be confused with a first time standard hdd to ssd upgrade.

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Current setup: 120GB SSD Sandisk w OS (bootable drive) + 4TB HGST (File Drive) + 2TB Toshiba (Internal Backup) + 2TB Seagate (External Backup)

Desired setup: 120GB Samsung EVO w OS 8.1 (fresh install bootable drive) + old components labeled above.

Notes: The sandisk was a fresh Windows 8.0 OEM 64bit install early this year (Feb 2013). I later (Oct 2013) upgraded to 8.1 for free but now the bootup time is 10x slower. I'm thinking about updating just because of this but want to make sure it will work at least theoretically. I know the slower boot up may be attributed to something else (nvidia drivers, etc.), regardless, I've already troubleshooted this issue to death and this is something I want to learn to do anyways and want to make sure the strategy is sound or is there anything I'll have to do to manipulate the other (hdd) drives before trying this or can I just fresh install, plug and play? So please, don't try to solve the other issue of long boot up time; I'm already exhausted on that. I've accepted this and will wipe the old sandisk drive and put it into my lap top when done if this will work. I understand I may run into the same issue as before but I'm thinking this may resolve some problems if I proceed with careful detail and your help!

Summary: I want to replace the sandisk with the evo and keep all my other components as is. I'll later wipe the sandisk and place it into my laptop (that's another discussion perhaps that we'll worry about later).
a c 601 G Storage
December 21, 2013 1:55:36 PM

2 options:

1. Install Win8 fresh on the Samsung, then optionally upgrade to 8.1

2. Since they are the same size, clone from the SanDisk to the Samsung.

I'd recommend option 1.
December 21, 2013 5:14:12 PM

USAFRet said:
2 options:

1. Install Win8 fresh on the Samsung, then optionally upgrade to 8.1

2. Since they are the same size, clone from the SanDisk to the Samsung.

I'd recommend option 1.


To be clear, I'm trying to avoid the update and prefer to try a fresh install w purchase of a new 8.1 OS. I'm familiar with cloning and wouldn't be on here if that was the direction I wanted to go. So, to reiterate, would simply replacing the old SSD with a new upgraded one work with my old components as I have described above? If no, what would I need to do? If yes, is it as simple as plug and play new ssd swapped in for the old?

I can see how this thread may be confusing or my word choice may be the problem but I hope this clarifies my question.
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a c 601 G Storage
December 21, 2013 5:20:51 PM
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jnewegger23 said:
USAFRet said:
2 options:

1. Install Win8 fresh on the Samsung, then optionally upgrade to 8.1

2. Since they are the same size, clone from the SanDisk to the Samsung.

I'd recommend option 1.


To be clear, I'm trying to avoid the update and prefer to try a fresh install w purchase of a new 8.1 OS. I'm familiar with cloning and wouldn't be on here if that was the direction I wanted to go. So, to reiterate, would simply replacing the old SSD with a new upgraded one work with my old components as I have described above? If no, what would I need to do? If yes, is it as simple as plug and play new ssd swapped in for the old?

I can see how this thread may be confusing or my word choice may be the problem but I hope this clarifies my question.


Yes. A new drive, with a new OS should work perfectly.
December 21, 2013 7:45:18 PM

USAFRet said:
jnewegger23 said:
USAFRet said:
2 options:

1. Install Win8 fresh on the Samsung, then optionally upgrade to 8.1

2. Since they are the same size, clone from the SanDisk to the Samsung.

I'd recommend option 1.


To be clear, I'm trying to avoid the update and prefer to try a fresh install w purchase of a new 8.1 OS. I'm familiar with cloning and wouldn't be on here if that was the direction I wanted to go. So, to reiterate, would simply replacing the old SSD with a new upgraded one work with my old components as I have described above? If no, what would I need to do? If yes, is it as simple as plug and play new ssd swapped in for the old?

I can see how this thread may be confusing or my word choice may be the problem but I hope this clarifies my question.


Yes. A new drive, with a new OS should work perfectly.


This is great to hear. So I don't have to worry about any issues with the separate drive files and any compatibility issues. I'll update if I do run into any problems but it's always good to get a vote of confidence before trying something I haven't done before. Theoretically it makes sense but you never know. Again, thanks!
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