Replacing XP/HDD to Windows 8.1 + SSD ... halp!! Tags: SSD Windows XP Hard Drives Last response: April 9, 2014 2:53 PM in Windows XP Share enrico palazzio April 9, 2014 11:44:06 AM SO Windows XP is officially dead ... RIP old buddy ( I decided it's time to enter the modern age with windows 8.1 and I picked up a Samsung Evo SSD to go along with it. Currently, I'm using XP on an HDD, and when I do this upgrade I'm just gonna yank the HDD and use the SSD as the sole drive as it has plenty of space and it will be a new clean system. My question is this - can I temporarily attach the SSD and format it, prior to pulling the switch? I have heard that the 8.1 installer likes to automatically create its own hidden restore partitions and I don't want any of that. I want just 2 partitions, C for Windows and D for storage. But I have also heard that SSD support on XP is trash, and that it's a pain to format and use SSD's properly. What would you reccomend in this situation? More about : replacing hdd windows ssd halp Reply to enrico palazzio Y0GI April 9, 2014 2:53:37 PM There is no getting around the Win 8.1 hidden partition, and yes, do not format an SSD on XP. Just use the Win 8.1 installer, but be sure to disconnect the old HDD first. Yogi Reply to Y0GI Ask the community Post an answer Related resources SolvedShould I install windows 8.1 updates BEFORE replacing the HDD of a brand new laptop with an SSD? Forum SolvedSSD not seein in BIOS but IS seen in Windows 7 OS. HALP! Forum SolvedUnique Problem - Replacing pirated copy of widows 8.1 with a genuine version, while changing the boot drive to a new SSD Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 replacing same motherboard. Forum SolvedInstalling Windows 8.1 Pro by replacing Windows XP Forum SolvedSSD Installation As Boot Drive On Existing Build With Same OS Help? (Windows 8.1) Forum SolvedClean installing Windows 8.1 on SSD, some questions I have... Forum SolvedTrying to browse a used-to-be boot hdd(with broken win7, unbootable) with windows 8.1 installed on my new SSD Forum SolvedPre-install Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on secondary SSD for new system build? Forum SolvedHow to transfer windows 8.1 from HDD to SSD in Lenovo y510p Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 64-bit taking up 60GB of space on my SSD! Why? Forum SolvedMigrating windows 8.1 or clean install to new SSD Forum SolvedIs an SSD Really Worth It? Windows 8.1 Fast Boot Forum SolvedTo upgrade to Windows 8.1 would I have to wipe both my SSD and HDD? Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 ssd Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 will not boot on SSD AHCI mode Forum Solvedssd for windows 8.1 Forum SolvedSSD Boot Drive: Windows 8.1 + MS Office + 1 or 2 Games Forum Replacing a New Hard Drive for Windows 8.1 Forum Solvedafter cloning my hardrive to SSD it goes to windows 8.1 recovery mode page Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows XP categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Video !