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Mace03
11-23-2012, 08:39 AM
Hello,

I'm sure these questions has been asked\answered hundreds of times already but at the moment I only have access to the web at work and they frown upon us surfing around so I apologize for the redundant post.

I just bought a G55 with Windows 8 for the OS. I'm planning on installing a 240GB SSD drive but I was advised that there is no OS install CD that comes with the laptop. How can I install Windows 8 that came with the laptop on the new SSD that I'm installing? I don't have access to any other computer at this time (old one died and attempts to revive has failed hence the new G55). Would I just make a system recovery CD, install the SSD and then install the OS like normal? Will the system recovery CD that I burn even install the OS on the SSD?

Any help that you can give me is much appreciated.

Apexing
11-23-2012, 08:55 AM
Get some sort of program that can "migrate os to SSD" you can either google it, or download paragon migrate os to ssd <- Ive tried that one and it works, it can either migrate all data from the old HD to SSD, or only migrate only windows to SSD. after that you can format your old HD.
or you can find a place down download the proper windows 8 version you have and then put it on a disc or USB.
you legally have a cd-key so its not pirating when you simply download the disc.

I have no experience with the recovery tool so I cant say if you can use that or not.

Mace03
11-23-2012, 09:07 AM
I don't have a spare computer to clone the OS from the HDD to the SSD so that option is out unfortunitly.

Apexing
11-23-2012, 09:11 AM
you dont need a 2nd computer.
you boot the laptop like normal after putting in the ssd, then you start the program.

rewben
11-23-2012, 09:11 AM
@Apexing, here (http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/) states that it's incompatible with windows 8.

Mace03
11-23-2012, 09:14 AM
I only have the G55 so there is only 1 HDD spot so I couldn't have the stock HDD and the SSD installed at the same time.

rewben
11-23-2012, 09:21 AM
yes, Mace03 i am aware of that. the only option is to create a set of recovery dvds and use them in situations like this. do you have the option to create that?

edit: in case you wanna save your product key, see here (http://support.asus.com/repair.aspx?no=605&SLanguage=en) for the steps (look for 'Where can I find information on my Windows 8 product key?').

Apexing
11-23-2012, 09:24 AM
oohhh did not know it only had one drivebay.
My mistake, and I only used the migrate for windows 7, so thats also my mistake.
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you could try and call the microsoft branch in your country, hear if they can ship you a disc. they may ofc charge a fee for it.

Mace03
11-23-2012, 09:28 AM
I'm currently at work and not at the laptop. When I get home I will see if I can make some recovery DVDs for Windows 8. Just install the new SSD, boot from the DVD and install like a normal OS install?

rewben
11-23-2012, 09:40 AM
from what i have read, the route to restore stock windows for windows 8 is somewhat complicated than i thought :/

1. we have users reported that Ai Recovery is missing for win8 models (phased out);
2. system image created from windows 8 can only restore into disks with the same or large sizes (not smaller, unfortunately).

edit: and i'm not sure if plain cloning is useful; windows 8's secure boot feature might need to be disabled first.

the last resort would be getting a windows 8 install disk and do a fresh install and grab the drivers from ASUS's download page (http://rog.asus.com/notebook/15-inch/g55vw/).

Mace03
11-23-2012, 10:47 AM
Ok, I have a friend that has an external USB 3.0 HDD enclosure that will work with the SSD 2.5". Would that work for cloning software?

rewben
11-23-2012, 11:03 AM
Ok, I have a friend that has an external USB 3.0 HDD enclosure that will work with the SSD 2.5". Would that work for cloning software?

it should be fine. sorry i cannot give you any cloning software that i can confirm to work.

Mace03
11-23-2012, 11:07 AM
That's ok, thanks so much for all your information.

Does anyone know of a cloning software that will work with Windows 8?

kevz155
11-23-2012, 11:40 AM
@Mace03

Here (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?25401-G75VW-AH71-Preconfigured-Windows-8-amp-Cloning-to-SSD-FTL&country=&status=) is my thread regarding my experience recently cloning the my preconfigured Windows 8 G75 in which I successfully cloned the system but later found out the metro UI Apps don't work(used DriveClone (http://www.farstone.com/software/drive-clone.php)). In the end, I did a clean install since product codes are tied to the BIOS now. The new G75VWs w/ Windows 8 no longer come with recovery disks so you will have to get an install disk somewhere.

Mace03
11-25-2012, 03:27 PM
@kevz155

How have you liked Windows 8? I have the option of returning the laptop for a windows 7 version. I've heard mixed reviews.

Clintlgm
11-25-2012, 07:19 PM
I'm pretty sure that Norton Ghost latest version will came free with my Samsung 830, Acronis 2013 with Plus package claims it will, I have not tested the cloning feature yet as I clean installed. All the back up features work well in Win 8 pro.

kevz155
11-26-2012, 03:45 AM
@Mace03

So far I've managed to get everything working drivers and all and didn't bother installing any of the ASUS bloatware(may consider instantOn). With sound working as intended, I think Windows 8 experience is not so bad once you get used to it. To my surprise, I found watching a Newegg Intro on Windows 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ijE3RSeTrU) or any other demo vid to be quite informative in terms of getting to know the OS. I think for anyone jumping on Windows 8 should definitely check it out.