I have seen a lot of discussion about what to do when you need to install a new SSD in a laptop that already has Windows 8 activated on its existing HDD. But what if I buy a new laptop that has a single HDD and install a mSATA SSD in it to use it as a system disk. Will Windows automatically use the SSD as a system disk? Is there something I need to do in the setup to make it work?
The best thing to do is to use a disk cloning software like Macrium which can be found for free here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx. This will allow you to
- make an image and store it on an external hdd
- you can then plug in your ssd into the computer (assuming your using both the hdd and ssd as you'll still need the original hdd in the laptop at this point)
- and then restore the image to the ssd.
- You can then set the ssd as the boot drive from the BIOS, and wipe the hdd that came in the computer AFTER you confirm all is working.
If you are not going to be having the hdd and ssd installed at the same, or can't because you don't have an extra spot in the laptop, you should:
- Install Macrium on your new computer
- Make an image to an external hdd
- Plug your ssd into a working computer that has a spot for two drives AND is compatible with your ssd
- Install Macrium on that computer
- Restore image to ssd
- Take ssd out, and put it in your laptop