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Getting Windows 8 on new SSD?

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  • SSD
  • Storage
  • Windows 8
  • External Hard Drive
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March 13, 2014 1:07:02 PM

So I just got a new SSD, and I can't figure out how to get my files onto it. I'm using a laptop that came with Windows 8, so I don't have an install disk. Any suggestions? I also bought an external hard drive if that helps.

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March 13, 2014 1:17:00 PM

you need to clone the drive onto the ssd using external enclosure. Once done swap the drives over and boot laptop without usb drive(old drive) connected.

maybe this will help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqGcvvgDm30
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March 13, 2014 1:35:27 PM

Petarded said:
you need to clone the drive onto the ssd using external enclosure. Once done swap the drives over and boot laptop without usb drive(old drive) connected.

maybe this will help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqGcvvgDm30


Don't have an external enclosure... I just spent $60 on the external hard drive and I don't want to go waste money on anything else. Any other methods?
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March 13, 2014 2:23:00 PM

unless you have another hdd bay in your laptop this is the way.external hdd enclosures are as cheap as $15 cdn.once you have your new drive in the enclosure and hooked via usb to your laptop use a free cloning program such as acronis true image or macrium reflect to make a copy of your old drive on the new one.then install the new drive into your laptop.you can then use the old hdd in the enclosure as a backup,cloning your ssd to it when you have new data to save.
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March 13, 2014 3:02:36 PM

2 things I can think of:

1.) If you want your computer exactly the same:
- Buy/borrow enclosure
- Buy/borrow SATA to USB bridge ($7) (like this: http://www.amazon.com/Patuoxun-Converter-Adapter-Cable-...)

- Connect your SSD to enclosure/USB bridge and use free cloning software you can find online (Clonix, etc.) and clone your drive


2.) If you don't mind a clean installation and copying your files over
- Copy what you want saved onto your external from your HDD
- Make a bootable USB drive with windows 8 (it pretends like its a install disk) or make a CD by downloading a windows 8 ISO file and install new copy of windows
- Then copying your files back over from the external
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