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How do you install Windows 8 to a Cache SSD without a retail disk?

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March 18, 2014 12:13:11 PM

I have a Lenovo y500 and was told by Lenovo software support that I'd have to buy a retail Windows 8 disk if I wanted to install it to my 30GB cache SSD.

I can't afford another $120 just so I can do this. So my question is:
Is there another way to do it?

I DO have an Operating System Recovery Disk.

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March 18, 2014 12:16:11 PM

You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way
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March 18, 2014 12:16:12 PM

You do NOT want to install windows to a 30GB drive. You will have no space left over for various windows updates, and your local user profile, and many system restore points. Depending on how much RAM you have it will leave you with even less space (the creation of a page file which you can move to another drive)
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March 18, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Snipergod87 said:
You do NOT want to install windows to a 30GB drive. You will have no space left over for various windows updates, and your local user profile.


Actually you can. Without the hibernate file Windows 8 takes up less than 10GB of space.
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March 18, 2014 12:18:46 PM

Drew010 said:
You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way


Thanks so much. Could you let me know how I could go about this?
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March 18, 2014 1:31:17 PM

Drew010 said:
You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way




Sorry, I Googled the requirements for this and I don't have a 8gb usb drive to do this with. Can I do this with the OSRD?
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March 18, 2014 6:30:00 PM

hrdwre said:
Drew010 said:
You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way




Sorry, I Googled the requirements for this and I don't have a 8gb usb drive to do this with. Can I do this with the OSRD?


I actually just did it woth a 4GB USB drive. All you need is a 3GB one.
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March 18, 2014 8:19:41 PM

Drew010 said:
hrdwre said:
Drew010 said:
You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way




Sorry, I Googled the requirements for this and I don't have a 8gb usb drive to do this with. Can I do this with the OSRD?


I actually just did it woth a 4GB USB drive. All you need is a 3GB one.


Thanks again for the prompt reply.

I have 64bit, so according to the instructions, I need 8 GB. Did you also install 64 bit?


EDIT: Did you notice that I don't have a retail copy of win 8? All I have is the OSRD.

EDIT 2: Could you please link me to the site where you found the instructions for this?
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March 19, 2014 6:28:52 AM

hrdwre said:
Drew010 said:
hrdwre said:
Drew010 said:
You can create a bootable USB drive and install it that way




Sorry, I Googled the requirements for this and I don't have a 8gb usb drive to do this with. Can I do this with the OSRD?


I actually just did it woth a 4GB USB drive. All you need is a 3GB one.


Thanks again for the prompt reply.

I have 64bit, so according to the instructions, I need 8 GB. Did you also install 64 bit?


EDIT: Did you notice that I don't have a retail copy of win 8? All I have is the OSRD.

EDIT 2: Could you please link me to the site where you found the instructions for this?


I did it with the 64 bit version. All you need to install it is your Windows 8 (or 8.1) key, which if you have an OSRD disk, I would assume you already have the OS and would then have a your CD key. Here is the link for how to create installation media (USB), as long as you have a key: (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-res...)
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March 19, 2014 12:57:47 PM

Also, your notebook may have the ssd-caching configured at a BIOS- or controller-level. The latest hp elitebook 820/850's we just got in do not allow the msata ssd to be chosen for installation; we needed to undo the raid-configuration where it was set to 'caching' first.

PS: If that kind of configuration is the case, the ssd will be used to accelerate anything installed on your hard drive, irrelevant if it's linux, windows 95 or 8.1 for example.
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