My laptop came with a 1TB HDD, and I added a 60GB mSATA SSD into the mSATA bay. The laptop is a Lenovo Y580. I have been trying to clone or restore to the SSD, but have been unsuccessful so far. I can buy the Windows 7 x64 (Professional) for $65 (which is cheaper than any computer shops quote to do this for me around here) because I'm still a student.
Would I be able to download the Windows 7 x64 directly to the mSATA SSD from the internet, while booted up on the HDD? And then simply shut down and boot to the mSATA SSD? If not, would I be able to make this work at all by buying the new OS and trying to cleanly install it to the SSD to boot to it from now on?
Make a clean install of a fresh retail windows installation?
By that do you mean...create a repair boot disc, create a backup image, boot to disc, and attempt to load the backup image to the mSATA? If so, it won't work on this computer.
Your post confused me a little because I don't know what you mean by "clean" install, or by "fresh" and "retail" windows. My laptop came with the OS already loaded onto it, so that wouldn't be a fresh or a retail version I assume right?