1. idokamaroq's Avatar
    I have a couple noobish questions regarding fresh OS installation on a fresh drive. So, I plan on upgrading my laptop's HDD to an SSD in a few weeks and Im in the process doing my initial research. Ive decided against migrating my current drive to the new one and going with the fresh install instead to make sure that everything goes as smooth as possible with the new drive with regards to system optimization for an SSD (TRIM command, partition alignment, etc). However, my laptop doesnt have an optical drive (and Id prefer not to buy an external one since Im already splurging on the SSD), and I dont have OS DVDs anyway.

    I have a two week old recovery USB flash drive that I created through W8.1s create a recovery drive tool before installing W10. I checked copy recovery partition when going through the wizard and its roughly 32GB. I guess its an image of that partition? Im not too sure. I imagine that this isnt enough to do a full OS install on the blank SSD once Ive dropped it in my laptop. So, is there an easy way to create a bootable OS installation thumb drive for Windows 8.1 (Id rather not pay for a new OS license), and would that plus the recovery drive take care of setting up all the recovery and OEM partitions on the new SSD?

    Thanks in advance!
    02-06-2015 02:52 AM
  2. RichardBurt's Avatar
    You will need an ISO of your current OS. Once you have downloaded that follow these instruction to create a bootable USB drive:

    How to create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB drive
    02-06-2015 03:02 AM
  3. idokamaroq's Avatar
    Right, but is there any way I could get the ISO?
    Or maybe I should look at migrating only certain partitions to the new drive?

    Edit: Not sure how I hadn't found this already, but when I go to install that, will it take care of creating the new OEM/recovery partitions?
    02-06-2015 04:10 AM
  4. RichardBurt's Avatar
    Right, but is there any way I could get the ISO?
    Or maybe I should look at migrating only certain partitions to the new drive?

    Edit: Not sure how I hadn't found this already, but when I go to install that, will it take care of creating the new OEM/recovery partitions?
    Your Win 8.1 is more than likely an OEM licence so you would need to get either the recovery DVD from the laptop manufacturer or find an ISO to download from somewhere.

    If your laptop uses UEFI to boot then the licence key will be embedded in the BIOS so you 'll need to try and find that as well.
    02-06-2015 09:55 AM
  5. RichardBurt's Avatar
    PS The method on that link you posted WILL work. It won't create any recovery partitions though.
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    02-06-2015 09:56 AM
  6. jmshub's Avatar
    As Richard said, the link you posted is all you need. You won't have a recovery partition, but you don't need it. SSDs are already usually smaller than a mechanical HDD, and you have the USB installation media that you create with this process that will be all you need if you should need to perform a system recovery or reinstallation.
    idokamaroq likes this.
    02-06-2015 12:51 PM
  7. idokamaroq's Avatar
    Alright, thanks guys!
    02-06-2015 10:22 PM

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