This should be the link you need:
Crucial Storage Executive Tool | Firmware Download | Crucial.com
EDIT: Let's make sure your new Toshiba drive is healthy as well:
Seatools - please run the long test on the new Toshiba drive.
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use - Windows 7 Help Forums
In March 2014 I did a clean install of Win7/Pro x64, migrating from XP/Pro.
It was not easy. I had to swap drives (and BIOS settings) for a week or more and then reinstall working software.
I 'explored' image backups, but never put the effort into learning how. My experience in this thread is 'off putting' at a minimum.
I have an currently unused 128 GB Crucial (CT128M550SSD1) in my system. Can it be used for a clean install? Will MS activate it if I can supply the Win7 Installed Key and the Product ID?
Can I use the approach I used to upgrade to Win7? I connected only had one drive to the MOBO and the had the ISO on a thumb drive. When I got in trouble, I disconnected that drive for the new OS, reconnected the old one, and I could work and post from just one system.
Or do I need to have a key file on the new drive, perhaps even a working version of Win7 on it for Win10 to install as a 'free upgrade?'
I hate to think about rebuilding the programs, but I could download Macrium Reflect early and see if it runs under Win10.
The ISO you downloaded recently from MSTechBench, version 1511, will activate using your W7 key (Pro for Pro). You could:
1. Clean install to the unused SSD and use the W7 keycode to activate, then reinstall all your programs.
2. Make a Macrium image of your W7 OS and "restore" it to the new SSD. Try to upgrade the new SSD to W10. That way, if it fails, you still have your old setup to fall back on.
3. Try Cloning the W7 OS to the unused SSD; then try upgrading the new SSD.
One thing you could try is putting an image on your internal SSD, connected directly to your motherboard, to see if it verifies. That way we can rule out any problem with your hot-swap dock.
Let's do this:
Hook up your empty SSD to your motherboard, and disconnect every other drive.
Have only keyboard, mouse and monitor connected to the machine.
Using the ISO you downloaded from MSTechBench, clean install W10 to the bare SSD (You can use a flash drive if you like).
Input your W7 key when it asks for one.
Get W10 up and running.
Check that it is activated: Start>Settings>Update & security>Activation
It should say Windows is activated with a digital license.
If you can get this done, you're all set and the pressure is off.
Would it be smart to update the firmware on this drive before starting the process?
I downloaded the x64 version tonight.
For the ISO to flash: You can use 7-zip to right-click the ISO and mount it, then copy all the files over to the flash drive. Also, the easiest way to get W10 on a flash drive is to use the Media Creation Tool and let that do it for you.
Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
- So, update the FW on the empty SSD.
- Put the ISO on a flash drive.
USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
- Disconnect all drives except the new SSD.
- Boot to the flash drive and install, using your W7 key when it asks. Expect that to take approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
- Once installed, let it run for a few hours to "hydrate" (LOL - not my term, Microsoft's!)
- Verify it's activated (you can just type activation in the search box to get there). If it's not, give it a reboot or two.
- Turn off Fast Startup and turn on System Restore. Set a restore point.
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
System Restore Point - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
- Install Macrium and make an image and be sure to verify it. Create a W10 folder on your external drive in which to save it.
I have asked another member, @essenbe, to be available for you today, as I will be AFK. He will answer any questions you may have.
I'm subscribed. I'll help where I can.