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Old 10-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Sorry for making so many posts, just trying to get this solved.

I have a 128gb SSD and a 1tb HDD. Currently windows 8 is installed on the 1TB and to my knowledge I dont think it is possible to just transfer my OS from my HDD to my SSD (both installed inside my laptop). So I decided to try installing it from a disc and a usb stick and both times when I go to choose a custom installation, it finds 0 disks. Neither the HDD or the SSD...anyway to change this? Or to just transfer the OS to the SSD? Also...is it 100% worth it to transfer it to the SSD?

Thanks so much in advance. This website is great.
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OS from Hdd to SSD: How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows
If this is an OEM PC and the OS was pre-installed, you would need a Recovery disc from the manufacturer.

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Old 10-05-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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If you want to do a Clean Install then follow these suggestions:
1 - put your Windows disc/USB in and boot it
2- Go to Repair Your Computer, When that fails,
3- In the RE (recovery environment) choose command prompt and type following commands:
i) diskpart
ii) list disk
it will show the list of your drives, with the information:
- status
- total space
- free space
status would probably be "invalid" and free space would be "0 bytes"
you have to select the drive next with

iii) select disk <disk number>
disk number = as listed in previous command, normally 0
iv) clean (this erases all data on the disk so be sure you select the correct drive)
now for verification of disk status and free space type
v)list disk
the status should be "online" and free space should be "disk size"

4- now restart the machine and boot from the Windows Disc/USB again
proceed and at "select disk to install windows" you would be able to view the hard disk drives
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