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Replacing Your Traditional HDD with an SSD
Before you can get started there are a few items that you will need to clone
■ PC without EFI or UEFI
■ Solid state disk
■ External USB hard drive enclosure for your old hard drive
■ EaseUS Disk Copy Home Editon (Free) http://tweaks.com/989332
Once you have the required items, follow these steps to swap out your
traditional hard drive for an SSD:
1. Run the EaseUS Disk Copy Home Edition utility to generate the bootable
media necessary to clone your drive. Select USB or insert a blank CD-R
into a CD burner and select CD\DVD and then click the Proceed button.
After your media is created, we are ready to begin the cloning. Leave the
new boot media in your CD\DVD drive or attached to your USB port.
2. Shut down your PC.
3. Install the new SSD into your PC and put the traditional hard drive you
are replacing into the external USB drive enclosure.
4. Make sure the USB hard drive enclosure is plugged into your PC.
5. Turn on your PC and the EaseUS Disk Copy software should begin to
boot up. If it does not load, you may need to hit a special key when your
PC turns on to display the boot menu so you can select the USB or CD/
DVD device that contains the utility.
6. Select Start Disk Copy from the menu.
7. Click Next on the Welcome screen.
8. On the Select Copy Mode screen select Disk Copy and click Next.
9. Choose the correct source disk, which should be your old hard drive in
the external USB hard drive enclosure. And then click Next.
10. Select your new SSD and click Next.
11. Verify the correct disks are set as the source and destination and then click
Proceed as shown in Figure 16-10.
12. Click Yes on the confirmation screen and all of the data on the traditional
hard drive will be copied to the SSD.
13. After the copy is completed, disconnect the external USB hard drive enclosure
and remove the EaseUS Disk Copy boot media and restart your computer.
If everything was successful, Windows 8 should boot right up very quick.
If Windows 8 does not boot up properly or if your computer has a newer
EFI or UEFI type BIOS your best option is to simply reinstall Windows 8.