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Upgrading new laptop from hdd to sdd

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October 21, 2012 8:15:33 PM

Ive just bought a new laptop. An Acer Aspire v3. Screen size - 15.6 in
Processor - Intel Core i7 3610Q
Hard Drive - 750 GB
Operating System - Windows 8
Optical Drive - DVD SM
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (2GB dedicated)

I am buying the laptop so i can use Photoshop CS5 to edit photos, not professionally so i wont be majorly batch editing.

I was thinking of upgrading the Hard drive to SSD and just using an external hard drive to store my edited photos.

How easy is this to replace, and is there any SSD you recomend?

Is it better to keep the HDD in the laptop and get an external SDD?

Any help appreciated as im not so clued up on these things!
a b D Laptop
a c 318 G Storage
October 21, 2012 8:22:21 PM

It is a trivial task to replace a HDD with an SSD, but then you need to reinstall your OS so you will need a Windows 8 installation disk. It would be "better" to have say a 256Gb SSD internal and an external drive for storage. You will be amazed how much space is really on a 256Gb. You can get an inexpensive external case for the current internal 750Gb.

I would recommend a 256Gb Samsung 830, Crucial M4, or Intel SSD -- whichever you can get the best deal on, which should be around $160 on sale.
October 27, 2012 6:49:42 PM

Just got a new laptop pre-installed with Windows 8.
Also got a 256gb SDD to put in it.

Any way of transferring Windows 8 to the sdd and then I can install the sdd? I didn't get a windows 8 installation disc with my pc, and don't have an installation code or anything?

Any one can help?

Many thanks
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a b D Laptop
a c 318 G Storage
October 27, 2012 10:58:59 PM

First -- make a system repair disk, just type that into the run window and use the wizard. Also check your Acer information pages to see if there is a full install disk on the drive, which they often do now rather than supply you the disk -- if so make a DVD of that image. Your OS key should be on a small label on the bottom or back of the laptop, in case you need it.

Then just clone the HDD to the new SSD using EaseUS Todo backup, Ghost 15, or True Image.

Be sure to clone the SRP (system reserved partition) first! Then clone the OS partition and then any system restore partitions that came on the original HDD.
a b G Storage
November 19, 2012 6:38:02 AM

Optimizing SSD performance, you need disable IDE and enable AHCI, but if your windows was installed in IDE mode, after you migrate the OS-->you first need change the registration key-->enable AHCI. Aomei's Partition Assistant home editio (free) could migrate OS to SSD without imaging it, after migrating the SSD could boot directly.

Steps change the value of the registration key:
"safely enable AHCI mode. Here we go:

1. Startup "Regedit
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlset / Services
3. Open msahci
4. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify
5. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok"
6. exit "Regedit"
7. Reboot Rig and enter BIOS (hold "Delete" key while Booting

In your BIOS select "Integrated Peripherals" and OnChip PATA/SATA Devices. Now change SATA Mode to AHCI from IDE.

You now boot into windows 7, the OS will recognize AHCI and install the devices. Now the system needs one more reboot and voilla .. enjoy the improved SSD performance.

We have not tested this on Vista though."