Solved! Installing a new SSD on my laptop, have questions.....

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I have an older(ish) gaming laptop which I bought used after my old one's motherboard bit the dust.

The only storage on it is a single M.2 SSD slot. It came with a 64 GB M.2 SSD.
I have a 128 GB M.2 from the other one, which I would like to swap in.

My question is this: Since the SSD from the old laptop (the one I want to swap in) was also running Windows 10, will a reformat be necessary? Or, in simpler terms, will windows boot up and auto-detect the hardware changes, sans the GPU which will need it's own drivers?

Thanks for your time.
 

rhyalus

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Don’t count on anything. With a different computer, you need lots of drivers for the chipset, etc... not just the GPU.

You should get installable windows for the new computer, maybe boot off USB and reformat the drive and install all drivers meant for that computer.

that is what I would do....

R
 

rhyalus

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Don’t count on anything. With a different computer, you need lots of drivers for the chipset, etc... not just the GPU.

You should get installable windows for the new computer, maybe boot off USB and reformat the drive and install all drivers meant for that computer.

that is what I would do....

R
 
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