SSD new laptop?

Hi All. First time I've ventured into this area of the forum.....

I am looking at replacing my laptop (HP compaq 4+ y.o.) with a new i3 or i5 ASUS.

Would someone know the best procedure to install an SSD from the get go. I've been thinking about cloning, using recovery dvds, ASUS AI recovery(?) and my head is in a spin. If it was a desktop, I'd just do it with the windows disk and drivers, but I'm clueless about laptops?

b.t.w. I'm looking at K or X series

http://ie.asus.com/Notebooks/Versatile_Performance/K72F/

Any help gratefully received.
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  1. The best way would to create a recovery disc using the program ASUS provides. You then install the new SSD into your computer and just slap in the recovery disc. You might even be better of just installing a clean copy of Windows and using the product key at the bottom of your computer.
  2. Hi, the easiest way would be to use recovery disks(don't forget to make them), then you won't be wasting SSD space by cloning a hidden partition. I had to Format and update the SSD firmware before I could install mine, so find out first.

    Have fun

    PS I would go for the X series with a SandyBridge i3 (it has the Intel HD3000 GPU) it will be a better performer than the K series I would think.
  3. phamhlam said:
    The best way would to create a recovery disc using the program ASUS provides. You then install the new SSD into your computer and just slap in the recovery disc. You might even be better of just installing a clean copy of Windows and using the product key at the bottom of your computer.



    A clean copy of windows isn't going to happen unless I basically steal someone's disk :sweat: that's what I'd LIKE to do... :??:

    My concern is the the inbuilt ASUS recovery might want to recover from a working windows environment, but you think starting the laptop and booting from the optical drive should do it? That would be good.

    I wonder if I can make the disks AFTER removing some of the software (bloaty, bloat) that'll come on it?
  4. The disc will most likely be factory default but you can check in the description. There are many places where you can also get a copys of Windows and burn it onto a disc.
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    PS I would go for the X series with a SandyBridge i3 (it has the Intel HD3000 GPU) it will be a better performer than the K series I would think.

    X rather than K....

    how's about this one?

    http://ie.asus.com/Notebooks/Versatile_Performance/X54H/

    actually usb 3.0 would be great, as I have a usb 3.0 WD external drive and carry this around between various pcs.
  6. On my Acer recovery and Toshiba recovery disks I am offered the option of intsalling with all the BLOAT or just drivers. Not sure about the ASUS but you can always uninstall the BLOAT after recovery.

    And yes recovery will work from a fresh Disk.

    BYE!
  7. phamhlam said:
    The disc will most likely be factory default but you can check in the description.


    Yes, I guess it's not too much work to remove programs after using a recovery disk.
  8. davidjuk said:
    [quotemsg=301951,3,482183
    PS I would go for the X series with a SandyBridge i3 (it has the Intel HD3000 GPU) it will be a better performer than the K series I would think.


    X rather than K....

    how's about this one?

    http://ie.asus.com/Notebooks/Versatile_Performance/X54H/

    actually usb 3.0 would be great, as I have a usb 3.0 WD external drive and carry this around between various pcs.


    The B800 CPU is about as fast as a 2GHz CoreDuo according to notebookcheck, so it is considerably slower than the i3, but it does have the HD3000 graphics.
  9. funguseater said:
    On my Acer recovery and Toshiba recovery disks I am offered the option of intsalling with all the BLOAT or just drivers. Not sure about the ASUS but you can always uninstall the BLOAT after recovery.

    And yes recovery will work from a fresh Disk.

    BYE!


    Thanks to everyone. I'm getting confident.

    Maybe I can try the whole procedure with my old HP notebook, I made recovery disks for that, so it's going to be more or less the same.
    I'll go find them and pop in a fresh drive and see what happens.

    Maybe best to mess with the old one before trying the new one... :)
  10. I am not sure of your budget here but I would just like to throw this option out here : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215245 Far better components.....

    YES, I totally recommend this!! ;) The best way to learn is trial and error I find (although it gets expensive.......) :o
  11. Good Luck DavidJUK!!
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