How to Install SSD in Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Touch

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I need complete, detailed instructions please for installing the HP SSD S700 Pro that I bought online into my Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 touchscreen laptop computer. I had planned on using Macrium free software to clone or migrate the Win 10 home OS to the SSD. All directions and advice will be cheerfully and gratefully accepted. Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm going to assume that you will be capable of undoing a few screws, unplugging the old drive and seating the new drive in the drive bay ... not trying to be a smart (_|_) but thinking you are more worried about transferring the OS over to the new SSD.

Furthermore ... this may not be the exact answer you are looking for, however, can I advise you to do a clean/fresh install of Windows 10 instead of a transfer?

Reasons for doing so:

1) You have purchased a new drive and may (if currently present) transfer unwanted nasties onto the new drive from the old one - why not start fresh?
2) Problems can occur in relation to GPT, MBR, UEFI, Legacy BIOS, Graphics Drivers when transferring the OS to an SSD from an older mechanical drive if that is the case and with Windows 10 consistent issues with OS Updates/Upgrades in relation to graphics and drivers

Without having researched your laptop too much, I am not saying that you WILL have problems with the transfer (using Macrium which I personally use for full system backups or other cloning/imaging software), but in my experience you are better off starting fresh and thereby avoiding the "problems" which MAY occur.

You can then get a cheap USB hard drive enclosure, connect it to the new install and rip all the files you want to retain off the old drive if you don't already have them backed up, that is, after ensuring that all your drivers are functioning correctly, updating the new install, installing any programs you require etcetera.

If you have a legitimate, activated copy of Windows 10 on the current drive, then installing clean on the new SSD will activate your Win 10 copy automatically (you simply say "I don't have a product key" on installation) ... it is not the hard drive but rather a motherboard replacement which would cause any issue with the activation process and if you were activated with a legitimate license before then the Microsoft servers have that information - an active internet connection is all that is required.

With all that being said, if you want instructions on how to clean install Windows 10 onto the new SSD then let me know and I'll post back a step by step guide on getting the ISO using the Media Creation Tool, putting it on a USB drive with Rufus etcetera etcetera ...

... otherwise someone will come along and help you with the transfer which I personally don't want to get involved with due to the reasons I have mentioned above.

Cheers
 
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