HP EliteBook HDD to SSD migration
I like to migrate a HP EliteBook Laptop running Windows 7 SP1 using a 750 GB HDD to a new 2 TB SSD. The HDD currently is accelerated by a 22 GB SSD in a RAID 0 array via Intel RST Rapid Storage Technology. What do I need to do, to migrate it to the new Samsung 2 TB 860 Evo SSD? Should I keep the acceleration just as it is (RAID 0 array) or should I terminate it via RST - leaving the old 22 GB SSD in path thru mode (still a RAID 0 array) or should I terminate the RAID 0 array as well? I guess it is not good to have the old 22 GB SSD still in parallel use to the new 2 TB one.
Having installed the 2 TB Samsung SSD succesfully, I like to migrate the Laptop via free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Many thanks for your advice in advance!
JM, welcome to these User Forums.
The HDD currently is accelerated by a 22 GB SSD in a RAID 0 array via Intel RST Rapid Storage Technology.
Is the 22 GB SSD permanently installed, i.e. soldered in the computer, or is it removable?
If it is removable, then I would suggest trying to get the HP EliteBook working without it installed while still using the current HDD drive, as that would simplify any further migration.
If it is permanently installed, then is it being used purely for caching data, or does it have any Windows 7 OS components installed on it?
What do I need to do, to migrate it to the new Samsung 2 TB 860 Evo SSD?
Before doing anything, please ensure that you make a full disk & partitions backup of the HDD drive while all is working normally!
One option here would be to test removing the HDD and putting in the SSD in its place, assuming that both drives use the same connection method / interface.
If the HP EliteBook has previously been activated with Windows 10, then I would suggest doing a simple clean install of Windows 10 directly to the SSD and testing that all is still activated and works OK. If you have never had Windows 10 installed or activated, then you will need to either qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10, or else purchase a license key.
Another option, would be to do as the first option (replace the HDD by the SSD), then boot from the Acronis Rescue Media and clone the contents from the HDD to the SSD. The alternative here to using cloning, is to restore the backup of the HDD from your backup drive to the SSD.