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How to move copy of Windows 7 from hard drive to SSD

Pretty simple question, I just want a faster operating system. I already have a pirated copy of windows 7 on my SSD that constantly freezes. I assume that the reason it freezes is because of it being downloaded illegitimately. I 'm a student and get software for free, but I didn't have a physical copy of the software, just a product key that the school gives me. So basically, how do I move Windows 7 from the HDD to the SSD and remove the pirated copy from my SSD?
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    Basic rule of the forums: No pirated software. I'll pass this thread because you are getting rid of it, but be careful in the future.

    Either of my two solutions requires a factory reset of the SSD. Make sure that the disk controller is set to AHCI mode before proceeding. Download free PartedMagic, make a boot disk, boot, issue the Secure Erase command to the SSD. This is a total wipe; save anything that you need first.

    Best solution: Do a fresh install on the SSD, using legit copy and legit key. Your school may be able to provide a clean copy of the OS; copies downloaded from dubious sources may be riddled with malware.

    Second-best solution: Use cloning software to move OS from HDD to SSD. A straight clone will not be efficient; it will be "mis-aligned" on the SSD. Good cloning software like Acronis True Image will make all the necessary changes for you, but it's not free.
  2. WyomingKnott said:
    Basic rule of the forums: No pirated software. I'll pass this thread because you are getting rid of it, but be careful in the future.

    Either of my two solutions requires a factory reset of the SSD. Make sure that the disk controller is set to AHCI mode before proceeding. Download free PartedMagic, make a boot disk, boot, issue the Secure Erase command to the SSD. This is a total wipe; save anything that you need first.

    Best solution: Do a fresh install on the SSD, using legit copy and legit key. Your school may be able to provide a clean copy of the OS; copies downloaded from dubious sources may be riddled with malware.

    Second-best solution: Use cloning software to move OS from HDD to SSD. A straight clone will not be efficient; it will be "mis-aligned" on the SSD. Good cloning software like Acronis True Image will make all the necessary changes for you, but it's not free.


    Lol, kinda figured there wouldn't be pirated software allowed. I was provided with a key and just kinda downloaded it and used the key that they gave me. Anyways, thanks
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