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Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD?

Postby scruffy » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:30 pm

I'm in the market for a new laptop, and also possibly a desktop. I don't have the time, patience, or expertise to build something on my own, but I'd really like to configure my computer with a 1TB SSD, so I can always have all my files handy.

Very few computers come with that SSD drive size, and if they do, they are typically super-high-end machines that have hardware I probably don't need/want.

I was thinking that I'd get a basic retail laptop...something like a mid-range ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, etc....and simply replace the hard drive with a 1TB SSD.

Is this a reasonable thing to do? Can I simply clone the included HDD onto a large SSD and replace the original drive?

I figure it will probably void the warranty, but I'm more concerned about whether I'll mess up anything like backup partitions, drivers, etc. What would I need to be concerned about?

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:33 pm

If the laptop is a fairly recent build, it should support a 1 TB drive. But maybe max is 500 GB, where partitioning within the BIOS limits should be done. Best would be to clone the original drive to the new one, then do a swap. Likely a USB external case with its own power source would be needed for the process. Worth a try.
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby scruffy » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:42 pm

Thanks, Karlsweldt.

Just checking...it doesn't matter that you replace an HDD with an SSD? Are there any driver or booting issues? (I.e., you can just swap and boot from an SSD when the prior drive was an HDD?)
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby evasive » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:31 pm

No:
http://www.todo-backup.com/backup-resou ... indows.htm
http://www.maximumpc.com/how_clone_hard ... r_ssd_2014

I think I can find more of these. To the OS they look the same, no additional drivers needed.
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby Karlsweldt » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:28 am

For what I found in a quick search for my previous post, the only requirement would be that AHCI be enabled for the SSD drive, instead of the default. But a chance the OS may crash due to finding a different feature than original, upon booting from the cloned install.
Two such links..
http://www.forumswindows8.com/aomei-par ... s-8592.htm
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id- ... d-ssd.html
Have seen some decent offers on laptops with a 1TB hard drive. Maybe a better option?
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby Roach412 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:37 am

i recently replaced a non-ssd with a new ssd on the boot drive - no problems. cloned the drive over to the sdd, booted right in.

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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby scruffy » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:25 am

Thanks for the additional responses Evasive, Karlswedt, and Roach412. Sounds like many people have had success but that there are risks to be aware of.
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby rascard2007 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:58 am

to minimize any risk at booting it´s better if u do a safe mode boot the first time u boot from the cloned SSD
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Re: Reasonable to replace HDD on new retail laptop w/big SSD

Postby scruffy » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:27 pm

Delayed thanks for the extra bit of advice, Rascard2007.
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