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TGK_Gaming
  • 58 months ago

If I were to install a M.2 SSD into a laptop that has a pre-existing hard drive with Windows OS, could I get Windows to load on the SSD without wiping out the existing hard drive?

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  • 58 months ago
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You would most likely need another PC to which you could hook up both drives and clone the data over from the HDD to the SSD. I think you would also need a SATA SSD instead of M.2 unless that laptop supports M.2, then probably you could clone the drive within the laptop itself.

I would highly recommend a clean install and just patching in missing information/programs(Usually within Users folder and more specifically the Appdata and Documents).

  • 58 months ago
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+1 on the clean install. A lot less effort and less likely to run into complications.

Though obviously backing up anything important beforehand.

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