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User Info: myjackie128

4 years ago#1
I purchased a Lenovo Y510p recently with Windows 8 pre-installed along with a Samsung 840 Pro 128gb ssd. I'm kind of new at this so I'm wondering if I just remove the HDD and replace it with the ssd? Also, how would I go about installing windows 8 onto my new SSD if it's a pre-installed version? Thanks in advance.

User Info: Pigfarts

4 years ago#2
According to the newegg how to build a PC this was one of the questions. He said you could transfer the OP from the Hard to the SSD, but he does not recommend it and a clean install is best.

Even if it was preloaded on your PC you should still have the windows KEY somewhere on your computer like a sticker.

Someone else on this forum said that pre install windows are tied to the motherboard not the hard drive, so go to the MS website, download and burn a boot disk, remove HDD pop in a SSD, then see if it works. If it doesnt you still have everything on the HDD and you should be safe.

Keep in mind I know very little about computers ^_^
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User Info: Black_King945

4 years ago#3
No offense pigfarts but it might be best to not say anything at all if you don't know how to help.

Before you remove the hard drive, create a recovery USB drive, detailed at this link.

Then use this guide, page 38 specifically, to remove the HDD and install your new SSD.

The last few steps of the recovery media guide detail how to boot into the USB key and reinstall windows to the SSD.
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User Info: myjackie128

4 years ago#4
I did exactly everything stated in the instructions, but it always states that there was a problem restarting my laptop.
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