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bearyfishy
07-07-2014, 09:52 AM
Hi, I'm a new ROG G750JS-RS71 owner. I planned to get an SSD upgrade later and I wanted to ask what can I do in order to install the Windows 8.1 into the new SSD. I have read that others use the Backtrack software before they do anything to their laptops but in my case, I have already install few games and software and tinker with the settings. Is it still possible to create image with fresh Windows 8.1 and everything default? And I want to know whether Backtrack allow me to make my own partition for the HDD and SSD. Thanks :D

noone
07-07-2014, 11:22 AM
I used the Samsung software with Evo 840, worked well.
I've used Clonezilla with another laptop

Asus-G750
07-07-2014, 01:21 PM
SanDisk makes a great SSD as well, and it's quite a bit cheaper than Samsung's. You most likely won't notice the speed difference.

http://ssdendurancetest.com/


When it comes to disk images I can confirm that CloneZilla is a good software. I use it myself.

In order to create a disk image of default Windows installation you will have to make a fresh installation to your HDD disk with windows recovery option. The disk will be formatted and all data on it lost.

Then you will need to create disk image and restore it to the SSD later on. You could also try cloning it directly from disk to disk without creating an image, but then you won't have the file to use in the future.

Another option is to clone just the recovery partition to the SSD and start windows recover from there. Recovery partition itself is nothing else than a disk image. Then again, you would need to be careful with choosing the disk you want your computer to boot from, preferably change the BIOS boot settings so that you accidentally don't recover windows on the HDD disk.

Also, you can install a fresh copy of Windows with a Windows 8.1 .iso file and then use activation code from the sticker - this option requires manual installation of drivers from Asus' website.

As far as I know, Windows 8.1 allows downloading .iso file through Microsoft's website as long as you provide activation code. Microsoft's software automatically creates either Live USB or Windows CD.

Nonetheless, if you'd like to keep your installed games and data you could just try cloning the HDD to SSD disk and see if that works.

bearyfishy
07-07-2014, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the reply. I think cloning is the easier way to do it. Downloading and installing the driver one by one is kinda troublesome. I will check out either SanDisk or Samsung SSD and do some comparing, also CloneZilla. Thanks!

cosmicmango
07-07-2014, 04:44 PM
If you're not going to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 the easiest way to load the SSD is with Asus Backtracker, you can download from the link below.

Download and install the program, you will need a 16GB flash drive, if there’s data on the drive make sure you back it up because everything will be deleted during the installation process.

When its finish shut down your system and swap out the HDD with the SSD, plug in the flash drive, turn the power on and the installation will start. When it is finish it will put everything as it was right out of the box. Then just put the HDD in the second bay.

http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS%20Backtracker/HelpDesk_Download/

rognoobie
07-07-2014, 06:23 PM
I upgraded to SSD when i purchased my G750JM and coming from a slower machine (compared to this beast ofc) , I am loving all the nice smooth experience ..

I think I have sandisk SSD , and it rocks

bearyfishy
07-08-2014, 01:17 AM
If you're not going to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 the easiest way to load the SSD is with Asus Backtracker, you can download from the link below.

Download and install the program, you will need a 16GB flash drive, if there’s data on the drive make sure you back it up because everything will be deleted during the installation process.

When its finish shut down your system and swap out the HDD with the SSD, plug in the flash drive, turn the power on and the installation will start. When it is finish it will put everything as it was right out of the box. Then just put the HDD in the second bay.

http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS%20Backtracker/HelpDesk_Download/

Thanks, but I wanna ask tho, what if I already installed softwares and tinker with the settings, will the Backtracker still put everything as it was right out of the box? Because it's too late to create an out of the box image from my laptop.

cosmicmango
07-08-2014, 01:51 AM
Thanks, but I wanna ask tho, what if I already installed softwares and tinker with the settings, will the Backtracker still put everything as it was right out of the box? Because it's too late to create an out of the box image from my laptop.

You can still use Backtracker to load the SSD as long as you haven’t deleted the Recovery partitions, but you will have to install all your other programs on the SSD.

bearyfishy
07-08-2014, 01:01 PM
You can still use Backtracker to load the SSD as long as you haven’t deleted the Recovery partitions, but you will have to install all your other programs on the SSD.

Thanks. I will try it out as soon as I get my SSD.

bearyfishy
07-10-2014, 06:49 AM
One last question, my Windows comes with 2 partitions for the HDD, if I used Backtracker, will the HDD become 2 partitions as well or I can adjust it however I want to? I planned to not have a partition at all and just a single drive for each HDD. Thanks.

DeltaActual
07-10-2014, 11:08 AM
Use backtracker to create a USB backup. After installing SSD simply restart with that USB plugged in and choose to restore from a popup menu. Also, I would wait for Samsungs 850 PRO SSD's to come out. Beasts!

bearyfishy
07-11-2014, 04:04 AM
Use backtracker to create a USB backup. After installing SSD simply restart with that USB plugged in and choose to restore from a popup menu. Also, I would wait for Samsungs 850 PRO SSD's to come out. Beasts!

Yeah probably gonna wait as well. Thanks. But will the SSD come with 2 partitions later on after I restore it? Because my default HDD came with 2 partitions and I want it to be 1 only.

Yokilla
07-11-2014, 10:18 AM
i have a question aswell.
I just bought an g750jz and also bought a samsung evo 840 250gb. My question is, using asus backtracker to install OS on the ssd will the pre-installed drivers and applications (like Asus GPU Tweak) be carried over ? or should i make a seperate backup for them ?

Note: I made a factory image as soon as i got it using Asus Backtracker.

DeltaActual
07-11-2014, 12:06 PM
^^ it's going to restore original factory image, your installs won't carry over.

bearyfishy
07-13-2014, 12:37 PM
^^ it's going to restore original factory image, your installs won't carry over.

meaning all the pre-installed applications from ASUS won't be carried over?

Maxter
07-21-2014, 05:57 PM
meaning all the pre-installed applications from ASUS won't be carried over?

Meaning if your laptop came, out of the box, with pre-installed ASUS apps, they will be carried over... Backtracker will make your laptop be like out-of-the-box, but with your new SSD

lolitsryan96
07-29-2014, 02:31 AM
Hi i am new here, also not very good with this kind of tech stuff.

i am using a G750JS-T4003H, i want to upgrade to a SSD.( and recommedation brand?)

how to clone from my hdd to ssd. not planinig to do a fresh windows 8.1, any issure if i dont start fresh?

how do i go about, after looking at many fourms, they always talk about BIOS.

anyone wiling to help and guide be step by step tru the process would be great.

:D Thanks : Ryan

Maxter
07-29-2014, 04:56 PM
Forget the cloning. Everyone I know that has cloned their HDD into SSD has BSOD issues at least a couple times a week. Clean install is the way to go. Windows updates are lightning fast. Took me 3 hours to get the computer running to normal (not bad compared to an HDD - 1-2 days).
Do update your BIOS. I recommend you download it, put the file on C:\ and restart computer. Before you see the ROG logo, you should be going at it at the ESC key. If you see the ROG logo, you need to re-do it. If it worked, you'll enter BIOS. from there you'll see an option to flash new BIOS version. Direct it where your file is (in C:\) and voila. DO NOT let the computer lose power or force it off. Let it do its thing or else you'll have a $1000+ paperweight.