I recently ordered a Samsung 500GB SSD from Samsung's 840 series and am going to replace the hard drive in my notebook computer. Currently, I have a 640GB HD with Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it. The drive was partitioned by HP and part of it contains HP recovery tools. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to install the new SSD and load my programs/ data back onto it.
When installing the new SSD drive, should I make an image of the current drive including the HP partition and put it on the new drive? If so, how do I go about that? Would I run into any problems now or later on by just loading an image onto the new SSD?
OR, would it be wiser to do a clean install of Windows 7 on the drive and install whatever programs I have? I have most of my documents backed up to an external drive so this option wouldn't yield too much hardship. I also have a Windows 7 DVD that I purchased a while back plus the Windows 7 registration key that HP gave me with my laptop.
I am an average user. My laptop has an i5 processor, switchable graphics, and 8GB of RAM. It's about 2 years old. I believe it's a DV6t- 3100se. With this being said, do I need to overprovision my SSD? Will I notice a huge difference by doing this?
This is the SSD I purchased:
Pomfret Center, CT
One simple thing you can do is use the built in Windows 7 tool that makes a full system image to an external drive. Then take out the old drive put in the new and then boot off the rescue disk you can make with the tool and blow the image back on to the SSD.
BTW the hard drive can have other things on it just needs enough room for the image.
On the other hand I like clean installs.