Dell hard drive replacement

Mike 315

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I have a dell 5720 laptop. I attempted to change hard drive to Samsung 850 evo ssd. Samsung data migration did not work, nor did ease Us disk copy. The ssd shows up in boot menu and I made sure it was 1st in boot order but it will not boot. If I use windows recovery DVD , it asks for a driver but I have no idea which one, Samsung told me sata driver, but that did not work. I think I may need to do a clean install, but will I have the same trouble? I had to order a new windows 7 install disk, as I only had the recovery one that I burned. Do I need a disk from dell? I'm not sure what else I will need to do a clean install. Thanks for any help!
 

Herc08

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Well, you are trying to boot off a SSD with no OS installed on it. So yes, you will need to install Windows and do a clean install. Also, what is the size of your hard drive (not SSD). Your migration may fail because the hard drive is bigger than the SSD.
 

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At the very least, you need the LAN or WiFi driver before.
Then, after the install you can go download whatever other drivers you need.
 

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