1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       29 Jul 2015 #1

    Want to change which drive windows is located on!


    Hey!

    I'm sitting on my windows 7 here, ready to upgrade to windows 10 with the "Get Windows" app.

    One complication though is that I'm running on an old harddrive. One of those simple SATA disks.

    I got my hands on a new SSD disk which I would prefer to have windows on.

    So.

    How could I in the simplest way get windows 10 and have it installed on my new SSD?

    Should I upgrade to windows 10 to begin with?

    Thanks alot for all help!
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  2. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 1,372
    Win 10 14393.51
       29 Jul 2015 #2

    Niss3 said: View Post
    Hey!

    I'm sitting on my windows 7 here, ready to upgrade to windows 10 with the "Get Windows" app.

    One complication though is that I'm running on an old harddrive. One of those simple SATA disks.

    I got my hands on a new SSD disk which I would prefer to have windows on.

    So.

    How could I in the simplest way get windows 10 and have it installed on my new SSD?

    Should I upgrade to windows 10 to begin with?

    Thanks alot for all help!
    The free version has to be installed as an upgrade once, if you want it to activate. Later installations are supposed to activate, if installed on the same hardware.

    The obvious thing to do would be to clone the old disk to the new SSD. (Most SSDs come with software to do that, or have software available for download from the SSD manufacturer's web site.) Upgrade that.

    That will be difficult if you have more stuff on the old HD than you have space on the SSD.

    It may be possible to run the upgrade on the old HD. remove it, install the SSD, and do a clean install on the SSD. The change will alter the hardware hash that is sent to the activation server, but I hope that the change will be within the range that the server will recognize as the same hardware. It ought to be: a dead hard drive is one of the likeliest repairs on a PC.

    One way or another, you should be able to install and activate 10 on your SSD.

    As to whether you should upgrade, only you can say. 10 has a better user interface than Windows 8, but many people prefer Windows 7. From my point of view, most the changes with 10 are of little immediate value. I'm going with it because I'm not a power user, so it won't destroy my workflow. (I also hope for some cool stuff with DirectX 12, once software that supports it becomes available.)
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  3. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,317
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       29 Jul 2015 #3

    You have to upgrade to get the free version of Windows 10. Once you've done that you can clone it to the new SSD or Clean Install to the new SSD.
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