[SOLVED] Can you just move a SSD from a laptop to a desktop?

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So when I got my laptop I added a Samsung 860 Evo 1TB to it. I just recently built my first ever desktop. I want to use the Samsung 860 Evo 1TB from the laptop in the desktop now. I've deleted everything off the SSD I want to move to my desktop.
My question is: Can I physically just take out the SSD and put it in the desktop and it will work or do I have to do something special so my laptop doesn't get corrupted or something. Sorry if this sounds dumb, I'm new to PCs and couldn't find an exact answer elsewhere. Thanks for any replies in advance!
 

Lafong

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I've deleted everything off the SSD I want to move to my desktop.
I assume you want to end up with Windows on this SSD in the desktop.

Shouldn't be any problem assuming you have a valid license.

Make a Windows installer on a USB flash drive of at least 8 GB using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool.

Bolt the SSD into the desktop.

Ensure that no other drives are connected in the desktop.

Boot from the installer you made and follow the prompts.
 
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USAFRet

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Physically, there is no difference.

Is this the drive with the OS on it?
If so, this is unlikely to actually boot up in the desktop.
It will need a full wipe and reinstall.

What 'corruption' in the laptop are you concerned about?
 

Lafong

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I've deleted everything off the SSD I want to move to my desktop.
I assume you want to end up with Windows on this SSD in the desktop.

Shouldn't be any problem assuming you have a valid license.

Make a Windows installer on a USB flash drive of at least 8 GB using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool.

Bolt the SSD into the desktop.

Ensure that no other drives are connected in the desktop.

Boot from the installer you made and follow the prompts.
 
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