Installing OS on SSD from HDD

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,342
I have seen that with an HP restore disk....


I have seen a similar problem with an HP Restore Disk created from Vista, where it refused to restore to an existing hard drive with partitions already on it.

Deleting the Partitions first (so that I started with an unpartitioned hard drive) let the restore disk work and reinstall Windows on the drive.

I think I used GParted Live for that purpose (remove the existing partition structure from it).

But, Windows Disk Management can do the same thing (remove any partitions on the SSD, so you start with a blank drive as it came from the factory).

Then, see if Dell Datasafe lets you restore to it. If not, try the OS to SSD Wizard in the free partition manager I linked to again.

This software:

This Wizard:

If it still doesn't work, try converting the SSD to GPT (UEFI) and see of that wizard will copy your install to it. Again, you should find a choice to do that in Windows Disk Management (Covert to GPT). See the article I linked to here:

If all else fails, find a standard Win 8 install disk you can use to install Win 8 to the SSD, and use the license key from the COA sticker you should fin on your PC somewhere to register it.

You may want to see if Dell will send you one for it.

Here's there support page about media (mentioning how to use Dell Datasafe to create disks).

But, you'll also see this:

"Users in the United States can now request a set of backup discs containing the factory-installed operating system as well as the Resource DVD which contains device drivers and utilities specific to the system.

  • Requests are limited to one (1) set of backup discs per system purchased.
  • The backup discs requested must match the operating system that was factory installed on the original order.


It links to this form (it says Win 7, but the same form should work for Win 8).

If they give you any hassle about it, I'd explain your issue and why you need it (since the Datasafe recovery disk is not "playing nice" and letting you restore to a drive that's smaller than the original from what you've found out so far).

Jim Cockfield wrote:

Well.. it is a brand new OS. So, it will take vendors a little while to get all of the "kinks" worked out.

For the most part, software that runs under Win 7 should also run under Win 8. But, with things like AV protection, there are going to be a few issues because of the way AV products install hooks at a lower level, until they refine the products to work better with the new OS.

Use of GPT (UEFI) disks by default also complicates things.

Programs that are designed to move Win 8 to a smaller SSD are also a bit sparse right now. For example, the current version of a Program that Paragon offers for that purpose won't work with Win 8. But, they say the upcoming version 3 will (but, there is no telling how long it will take before version 3.0 is released):

But, the one I mentioned earlier is supposed to work with Win 8 now (I found a few forum posts about using it for that purpose).

I still can't figure out why Dell Datasafe won't work though. I'd see if deleting everything on the SSD lets it work (use MS Disk Management and remove the NTFS partitions on it first and see if it lets you restore to it).

If not, try the wizard again in the partition manager I linked to with nothing on the SSD.

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