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Replace HD with SSD on NIB Dell

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Last response: in Storage
May 31, 2011 2:22:56 AM


I have ordered an XPS 17 for my (lovely) wife. The basic specs are:

XPS17 with 1080p monitor
2630QM Intel processor
8gb RAM
BD/DVD Burner
Windows 7 Home Premium
GT555M graphics card/3gb DDR3 RAM (she does not game at all/neither do I)
2 X 500gb 7200RPM HDs in Raid 0
Software includes Microsoft Office Small Business.

I have separately purchased an OCZ Agility III 120gb HD, and intend to put it in slot 1, turn off the raid and use the 500gb HD for storage. I have cloned several HDs so that's not an issue.

My question: My gut says it is better to clone before first boot, so that activating Windows and Office are done with the new set up. Am I correct, or is it likely that those two software suites have been activated, and that I need to uninstall Office, and probably go through the telephone and explain process with Microsoft?

Your experience/wisdom are welcome, and I understand that my mileage may vary.


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June 1, 2011 2:30:27 PM

I personally would swap it out and do a fresh install of window arther than clone the original hdd.

In fact, even if you were not going to install an SSD, I would recommend a fresh install of windows upon arrival of your new laptop.

But that is me...
June 1, 2011 2:45:31 PM

I've considered that alternative too...get rid of bloatware at the same time. It may depend on what is on the Dell system restore disk that I purchased, but thank you.