That was my back up plan. However the problem is that this is a friends computer that I am going to be setting up for him and I will have limited time to get everything done, maybe 1-2 hours at most. I want to install windows right in 1 shot if possible and not have to re-partition or re-install with an OEM disk, and then call Microsoft to reactivate.
The restore disk would be the fastest way to get the os on the drive without having to download drivers and alienware software afterwards. This person is anal about wanting the same cd key and all the alienware stuff on the new drive, otherwise this would be easy. If it were mine I would just do everything from scratch.
Does anyone with experience using these dell restore disks know for a fact whether or not they will align an ssd properly?