SSD upgrade at purchase vs SSD aftermarket upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by decrescendo, Jul 4, 2012.

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  1. decrescendo

    decrescendo Notebook Geek

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    My next question is:

    How easy is it to replace the OS drive in a laptop without an optical drive? How would I get an OS back on a new SSD I added in an aftermarket fashion? Is an external optical drive recognized by the BIOS before you install the OS and USB drivers?
     
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    maverick1989 Notebook Deity

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    AFAIK, the USB is an option in the BIOS to boot from (that is where you would connect the external right?). So you can change the preference so that the USB is looked at first, that would initialize the external which would start the installation. That is a good question and I have never thought of this before but I see no reason why it shouldn't work.
     
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    Syberia Notebook Deity

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    You can boot from USB devices in BIOS. You will be able to use a USB DVD drive or a flash drive to install the OS. I even had this option on my Dell from 2005, so it's been standard for a long time.
     
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    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Yeah, even MS gives us the tools to do this properly:

    See:
    Microsoft Store Online


    (As long as you're trying to install Windows, of course).
     
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    decrescendo Notebook Geek

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    Sounds good to me. Thanks for the reply. I'm now very comfortable not getting an optical drive in my new computer since I RARELY use one nowadays. The re-installation process was the only thing making me debate it.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    also i find it faster to install from USB which is an added bonus.
     
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    decrescendo Notebook Geek

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    flash drive that has an image on it?
     
  8. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    You obviously did not click on the link I provided...


     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Yep

    /10
     
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    Great question, and I'm quoting this post so that others more knowledgeable about this can comment on it (might have been overlooked). I know how the caching system works in principle, but I'm not 100% sure how you can toggle the mSATA SSD's role from cache to independent drive and back.

    My guess would be some sort of BIOS setting as well; one of Intel's technologies for the Z68 chipset (Smart Response Technology, I believe) was basically SSD caching for desktop systems.
     
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