06-29-2013 09:33 AM - edited 06-29-2013 09:36 AM
I have been think about upgrading my SSD (which is a 160GB Intel 320 series running at 3/Gbs. It really befuddles me as to why HP would use slower 3/Gbs SSDs in their premium rigs. Plus I need more space.
But anyway the problem is this:
My OS is on the drive, as well a a few other programs and games (Microsoft office [full version], BF3, etc.). Since this is an OEM system, the way I understand it - is that the OS is an OEM version and is "tied" to the mobo - so I can't just switch the SSD out and use my system restore disc to re-install Win 7 onto a new SSD. It won't work.
My question is can I get a Windows activation key from HP or Microsoft that will save me the $100 for buying a new copy of Win 7 (and I do not want Win 8).
This is the SSD I am considering:
I plan on keeping and wiping the Intel 320 SSD and using it as a third Harddrive.
Or, can I clone the old SSD's data onto the new SSD -"fooling" the system that I haven't changed anything. I know there are cloning utility programs out there. I just hate to have to buy a whole new copy of Windows 7 on top of everything else.
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06-29-2013 10:29 AM
There shouldn't be a problem with using the HP recovery disks to reload the system on your new SSD. However, you will need to reinstall your programs and copy your data across.
- Unplug the current SSD and cable the new SSD into that SATA port.
- Use the HP recovery disks and rebuild your system.
- Reinstall your programs.
- If everything is good then recable the old SSD and copy your data across.
You will need a mounting bracket for the Samsung 840 7mm SSD.
These HP how-to tips should be helpful.
HP e9280t, i7-960, 12GB, Vertex 3 120, ATI 4850
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HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
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Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT