When the hard drive of Joseph’s Samsung laptop began to make clicking noises, he thought it would be simple enough to make a backup image of his hard drive, install a shiny new solid-state drive, and put the backed-up image on his new drive. This didn’t work, and he’s stuck without Windows on his drive. Now he yearns for those long-ago days when computer manufacturers actually shipped copies of the software installed on computers with those computers.
Two years ago I bought a Samsung R580 to use while earning my CS degree. I started to hear clicking from my hard drive and, since the laptop is out of warranty, I bought a new one.
As I am self described computer nerd, I went with an SSD. Smaller and more expensive sure, but worth it to me.
I ran the backup and restore utility, and made an image of my hard drive. I installed the new one and started the restore process. This is when I became aware that this is not allowed by Samsung (and possibly all Windows based laptops?)
Laptops no longer come with instillation DVD’s. Until now, I had assumed that the backup and restore function took care of this issue. Now it appears that this is not the case. In order to restore the OS onto a new drive, I would have to send it in to Samsung. And after a chat with Samsung’s support, it turns out that they do not allow SSD’s in MY computer.
Cloning the drive can be problematic and besides, I want a fresh install anyway.
Not sure what to do here, any help?
Any ideas for Joseph? As a thought exercise, let’s assume that he is only looking for methods that don’t involve software piracy.