Question Upgrading from HDD to SSD in new laptop. Should I install additional software before or after cloning?

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I have just purchased a new Dell laptop. My plan from day one was to buy it with a cheap spinning drive, and swap it out for a Crucial SSD from the MX series. I understand how to do the upgrade, but I am a bit of an edge case, and there is a significant number of programs (some of which are quite large) that I'll need to install before I can use the computer as my daily work horse. Would installing all the software before cloning to the SSD significantly protect the SSD health by saving read/write cycles? Or would I just be making the software install process unnecessarily slow for little benefit?
 

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I have just purchased a new Dell laptop. My plan from day one was to buy it with a cheap spinning drive, and swap it out for a Crucial SSD from the MX series. I understand how to do the upgrade, but I am a bit of an edge case, and there is a significant number of programs (some of which are quite large) that I'll need to install before I can use the computer as my daily work horse. Would installing all the software before cloning to the SSD significantly protect the SSD health by saving read/write cycles? Or would I just be making the software install process unnecessarily slow for little benefit?
Drive health is irrelevant in this situation. No difference either way.
 

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Also, if it is brand new laptop, I wouldn't clone it at all.

Get it, power up and get the OS activated etc.
Power off.
Swap the drives, and do a simple clean install on the new SSD.
You get to decide what initial bloatware and drivers you do or don't install.
Then, install all of your personal software.
 

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