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Hello all. I have a new SSD coming and was curious if I could clone my existing HDD to it using my external HDD enclosure and putting the SSD into it and cloning via usb?

Thanks!
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  1. Larry Drum said:
    Hello all. I have a new SSD coming and was curious if I could clone my existing HDD to it using my external HDD enclosure and putting the SSD into it and cloning via usb?

    Thanks!


    With logs and settings being constantly updated, it is very tough to clone it. You would have to do more than just copying it. You could put any programs that you use on it and run that from there, record there, and maybe install the OS on that and copy your important stuff on it. It is very tough to copy everything over.
  2. For a new SSD, I always recommend a fresh install.

    A few things to consider:
    Size and used space of both drives?
    How old is the old install?
    Any other hardware changes?
  3. USAFRet said:
    For a new SSD, I always recommend a fresh install.

    A few things to consider:
    Size and used space of both drives?
    How old is the old install?
    Any other hardware changes?


    I already have everything backed up on another external drive. All that's left on the original HDD is the OS (Win 7 Home Premium 64) and a handful of programs I use. The laptop is 3 years old and no other hardware changes at this point. Would it be better to make DVD recovery disks and do a CD boot for a fresh install?
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    Larry Drum said:
    USAFRet said:
    For a new SSD, I always recommend a fresh install.

    A few things to consider:
    Size and used space of both drives?
    How old is the old install?
    Any other hardware changes?


    I already have everything backed up on another external drive. All that's left on the original HDD is the OS (Win 7 Home Premium 64) and a handful of programs I use. The laptop is 3 years old and no other hardware changes at this point. Would it be better to make DVD recovery disks and do a CD boot for a fresh install?


    Yes. That would work just fine.
  5. Assuming you have the license key (printed on the bottom of the laptop), you can download the official Win 7 ISO and clean install.
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    If the original install is 3 years old, you're bringing along 3 years worth of old junk in the registry. Yes, most applications uninstall clean. But many do not. Why drag along that old junk?
  6. USAFRet said:
    Assuming you have the license key (printed on the bottom of the laptop), you can download the official Win 7 ISO and clean install.
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    If the original install is 3 years old, you're bringing along 3 years worth of old junk in the registry. Yes, most applications uninstall clean. But many do not. Why drag along that old junk?


    Got it, will do that then. Thanks for the help!
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