Installing OS on SSD from HDD

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
chipster2 Regular Member • Posts: 143
Re: Installing OS on SSD from HDD

indusphoto wrote:

I recently bought DELL XPS 8500 (not yet received yet, coming on Tuesday 12/4). As suggested by Jim, I bought SSD, RAM, Blue-ray burner outside and planning to install them.

But how can I install the OS on SSD without Windows 7 installation CD? I have read about receovery disks. But does it really work? Anybody did the same? If yes, can you please give me some steps?

I bought Crucial 128GB SSD.

Thanks in advance...


I did exactly what you are planning about two months ago. I followed the instruction posted here:

and had no problems.

You didn't say if you bought the Crucial mSATA SSD. If you did, note that you will need two tiny  m2x3mm screws to secure the mSATA drive. I found them at

If you bought the 2.5" SSD with bracket, you will want to attach it to Port 0 (where your existing hard drive is attached) because only Port 0 and the mSATA drives are SATA III (6Gb/sec) Ports 1, 2 and 3 are SATA II (3Gb/sec)

I used the Dell Data Safe Backup to create a bootable USB flash drive and restored the system from there. Be sure and unplug the existing hard drive before starting the restore or it will create a dual boot install.

It was definitely worth the effort. I guesstimate a 30% faster import of my photos into Lightroom. CS6 feels quicker as well particularly when opening a panorama with several layers.


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