Current SSD to new laptop

I am getting a new laptop, and I am thinking of using my current SSD and putting it into the new laptop. Will it work? I want it so my system and my files are kept in the SSD, and will just have a newer laptop with better components. I have seen some forums saying that this will not work, and I will have to reset and do a clean install on my SSD if I wanted to move it to a new laptop. Is this true?

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  1. Different motherboard, different installation required. That's the basic rule of thumb.
  2. bzhang1945tmd said:
    I am getting a new laptop, and I am thinking of using my current SSD and putting it into the new laptop. Will it work? I want it so my system and my files are kept in the SSD, and will just have a newer laptop with better components. I have seen some forums saying that this will not work, and I will have to reset and do a clean install on my SSD if I wanted to move it to a new laptop. Is this true?

    Thanks


    Drive+ OS from a different laptop?
    Highly unlikely to boot up.

    We all wish it were otherwise. But it isn't.
  3. From my experience. It will usually work from Windows 7 onward. If Intel to Intel or AMD to AMD. I’ve had success dropping a Win 7 drive from a P45 chipset Core 2 Quad to an H170 chipset i3-6100.

    However, there are usually annoying glitches that crop up. You’ll end up spending more time trying to fix those problems than you would have performing a clean install, updates, app installs and data transfer. Tracking down OS issues is also more technically challenging than a reinstall.

    You can try it. It shouldn’t hurt anything. You should have a backup if you care about your data anyway. Odds are you’ll have inexplicable errors plaguing you.
  4. velocityg4 said:
    From my experience. It will usually work from Windows 7 onward. If Intel to Intel or AMD to AMD. I’ve had success dropping a Win 7 drive from a P45 chipset Core 2 Quad to an H170 chipset i3-6100.


    I've seen it work, I've seen it fail.

    Pentium G840 -> i3-8100, success
    i5-3570k -> i7-4790k, fail.
    2 almost identical HP/Compaq laptops, fail.

    And then with laptops and the preinstalled OS, you run into licensing/activation issues.
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