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I have a lenovo K410 desktop, it came preinstalled with windows 8 and has a 1tb hd with a partition for reformatting the computer to factory settings. I bought a 120gb SSD, and would like to use just that as i do not need a lot of storage. I have a bunch of 8gb thumb drives laying around but no 32gb drives or blank DVDs to download windows 8 ISO to boot from. Also my computer does not have a windows key tag on the side like they used to but i could use a program to find out what it is right? Is there anyway i could get a fresh install by having just the two hard drives connected at the same time? If not what is my best bet?
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    For a preinstalled OS, moving from drive to drive in the same system, pretty much your only option is to migrate it from one drive to the other.

    However, this also depends on used space on the old drive. Going from a 1TB to a 128GB drive is problematic at best.
  2. I did that with Windows 7. On a new computer with a 750 gb HD I wanted to install a SSD (240 GB). So I installed the apps I wanted which with the OS was about 70GB. I cloned the 750 GB HD to the 240 GB SSD. So you can clone a 1 tb HD to a 128 gb as long as the 1 TB drive has less then 128 gb of used data.
  3. what is a good program to do this? I plan to just reformat my original hard drive first as it does not matter if i lose any of my data. Also just to be safe shouldn't i pull my Windows Key in case the hard drive ever goes bad? Also what performance can i expect running a EVGA GTX 650 with a Intel G2020 CPU playing Counter Strike GO at 1080p?
  4. Also would i be best just to get some DVDs and make a install discs (i think my lenovo k410 has a program to do that)?>
  5. You have a couple of options:

    1 - migrate from the old drive to the new SSD. To do this, you have to reduce the size of the used space to under 100GB.

    2 - Fresh install on the SSD. This being a preinstalled, this is very tought to do. There is no where to obtain a valid OEM to install with.

    3 - whatever Recovery set the manufacturer gives you to create a factory Reset of DVD's *might* work. It might fail on seeing a much smaller drive, though. Only way to know is to try.

    4 - Buy your own Windows 8/8.1. Install no problem. This is also good when, 6 months from now, you want to reinstall again.
  6. USAFRet said:
    You have a couple of options:

    1 - migrate from the old drive to the new SSD. To do this, you have to reduce the size of the used space to under 100GB.

    2 - Fresh install on the SSD. This being a preinstalled, this is very tought to do. There is no where to obtain a valid OEM to install with.

    3 - whatever Recovery set the manufacturer gives you to create a factory Reset of DVD's *might* work. It might fail on seeing a much smaller drive, though. Only way to know is to try.

    4 - Buy your own Windows 8/8.1. Install no problem. This is also good when, 6 months from now, you want to reinstall again.


    Wont it copy the recovery partition over to the SSD? I plan to reformat the old HDD first (roughly 45gb in space will be taken up by OS, partition and bloatware). Clone it to the SSD, then can't i also use the recovery partition that is now on the SSD to reformat the SSD down the road? I would not mind selling the old 1TB HDD to recovery part of the cost of the SSD
  7. Some of the cloning tools allow selection of which partition, instead of blindly doing the whole drive.

    Selling the HDD means you're left with only the 128GB SSD. Which is somewhat slim if that is the only drive.

    Create the set of DVD's. Try it. See what happens.
  8. It is a 120gb hard drive, i mostly use my ipad and i do not download music or movies so a small drive fits me. i will mainly be playing CS GO and browsing the web, perhaps storing some photography pictures
  9. mrtesseract said:
    It is a 120gb hard drive, i mostly use my ipad and i do not download music or movies so a small drive fits me. i will mainly be playing CS GO and browsing the web, perhaps storing some photography pictures


    You know your use case better than anyone. 120GB might be enough.

    As said, create the recovery set, and try it with just the SSD connected. See what happens.
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