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05-04-2012 08:58 AM - edited 05-04-2012 09:17 AM
I was wondering the steps I would need to take inorder to upgrade my current 640GB 7200 HDD to a SSD.I read this thread about the compatibility so I am aware of some issues I may have.
I have an Envy 17 3D which I bought around this time last year so its probably an Envy 17-1000 - 17-1099 series. It came with w7 home preinstalled on a 640GB HDD 7200. I want to put an SSD in the primary slot and use the current 640 in the secondary slot. I have the HDD caddy for the secondary slot already I just need to know what are the steps I need to take to install the SSD properly.
Here are a few questions I have:
- I know the Envy is sata2 but most SSD are sata3, would a sata3 SSD be backwards compatible with my Envy?
- Would you use the backup disk made from the 640GB HDD and install it on the SSD or would I get a fresh copy of w7 to install?
- If using a fresh copy of w7 pro would system, videocard and 3d drivers be an issue since its not HP's version of w7?
- when the SSD is finally installed can i just pop my 640 in the secondary drive slot and pull the personal files then format or do I have to get the personal files off beforhand?
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05-05-2012 07:31 AM
Q1: Yes it is compatible.
Q2: I would suggest to create a minimized recovery dvd in HP Recovery Manager. Solid drives are not as big as the original hdd and it may cause troubles when restoring the system on an ssd.
Q3: An OEM Windows disk may be used to perform a fresh install and necessary drivers download from HP.
Q4: Yes, just install the hdd in the secondary bay and it will be worked as a slave drive so back up all data you need and then reformat it..
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