Upgrade existing hard drive to SSD hard drive

Hi All

I have recently purchased a laptop with one hard drive slot. I want to change the existing hard drive slot to a SSD. My laptop came with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed (no disk supplied). When I purchased the machine I created the Windows recovery disk.

I would like to know if the upgrade is as simple as:
1) Removing the current 500g hard drive
2) Installing the new new SSD
3) Running the recovery disks to re-install my copy of Windows 7 Pro

Or am I missing something?

Thanks

 

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Last updated May 22, 2018 Views 3,501 Applies to:
Answer
The simplest method is to clone your hard disk to the SSD. You would need a USB external case or adapter for the SSD.


Download a trial of Acronis True Image Home 2010 http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/ and use that to clone your hard drive to the new one.

Note that immediately after the cloning you must shut down the system and remove, or at least disconnect, the original disk before booting with the cloned disk.


Western Digital Seagate and Maxtor offer free versions of Acronis True Image.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en


http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=DiscWizard&vgnextoid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=MaxBlast_5&vgnextoid=7add8b9c4a8ff010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

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