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SSD Installation, saving old data

I want to install an SSD in my Dell Inspiron 580 running Windows 7. I believe I can make it bootable, download Windows 7 and and install it on the SSD, giving it the product key from my current OS. This will leave all my programs and documents on the old hard drive, which is what I want. But another copy of Windows 7 will also remain on the old disk. Should I delete it to reclaim the space and avoid any confusion to the system? If so, how do I do that?

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RE: SSD Installation, saving old data

You cannot download Windows 7 as Microsoft removed the Digital River .isos and replaced them with a non-functional Microsoft Software Recovery Tool which blocks Dell OEM licenses.

You should update to the latest version of Dell Backup and make a 16 GB USB Flash Drive as instructed:


You can use this to reinstall your new OS on the SSD.

The instructions are for Windows 8.1 but should be more or less identical to Windows 7. See the notes on setting up a SSD Boot Drive and a HDD Data Drive.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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