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Question about swapping hard drive in laptop for SSD.

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I have an ASUS A53E-ES92 laptop that I bought primarily for work. I do Exede internet installations, so I use it to provision the service after the install, so it's not the amount of use, it's the fact that it goes in my truck every day. In a padded case, but still, in and out of the truck, and I go on some pretty rough roads too.

So, I'm considering swapping the hard drive out with a small SSD. Don't need a lot of storage, and don't want to spend a lot of money. I like the facty that it will have no moving parts, and boot up in about 30 seconds.

I'm considering using this SSD

and another person on this forum a while back suggested using this program

to transfer an image over to the SSD, prior to installing, and I'm assuming that this

would be all I'd need as far as a proper cable.

Does all this sound about right, or does anyone have any suggestions or comments?

The way I understand it is....I can transfer the image over to the SSD, remove my current hard drive from the laptop, install the SSD, and it will boot up, just as it did before, only faster, yes?

I'm still debating on whether or not I should just install the SSD, get an image of Windows 7 Premium, install a fresh copy, and go from there. Of course, the reason I say get an image is because this laptop didn't come with an installation cd. The first thing it had me do when I booted it up the first time was get 4 DVD's and make a back up. Well, if I'm going to do that, I might as well just transfer the image over...it would be faster.

The benefit of installing a fresh copy is that there is "crap" that ASUS puts on there that I don't care about. The downside is that I'd have to most likely call Microsoft and tell them I swapped hard drives, to get another activation key.

Any input on any of this greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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