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can i just swap old acer ssd into new acer laptop?

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yesterday i pulled together my worldclass clutzy skillset and dumped a whole cup of coffee on my beloved acer aspire E 15. since then, it's been acting upset and shutting down on me here and there. well, i can't have that.

i'm thinking of getting this as a replacement, also an acer aspire; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RF1X...2123Z?th=1.

since both laptops would be made by the same company, do you think i could just pop my old ssd out and put it into the new machine and have everything work out hunky dory?

thanks!
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- If you have OEM version of Windows then no, because the installation is tied to that computer and you will not be able to reactivate windows.

- If you have a retail version of Windows then it can be done but it is rather complicated. Look into a MS tool called "sysprep".
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- If you have OEM version of Windows then no, because the installation is tied to that computer and you will not be able to reactivate windows.

- If you have a retail version of Windows then it can be done but it is rather complicated. Look into a MS tool called "sysprep".
Personally, I would backup my files (not system image) and copy them over to the new computer if it has Windows already or perform clean install of windows on the new one and move the files over.
You could also mount the old disk via USB on the new computer and access/copy your files on the old drive to new one.
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It would probably be easier to just buy something like this and just copy the files over from your bad laptop to the new one.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/USB-2-.../323873351
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- If you have OEM version of Windows then no, because the installation is tied to that computer and you will not be able to reactivate windows.

- If you have a retail version of Windows then it can be done but it is rather complicated. Look into a MS tool called "sysprep".

This is wrong. He can swap the drive, let Windows Update install the correct drivers. It will probably activate based on the UEFI. If not, throw the old drive back in, grab the key from that install and use that to activate the old drive in the new machine.
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yesterday i pulled together my worldclass clutzy skillset and dumped a whole cup of coffee on my beloved acer aspire E 15. since then, it's been acting upset and shutting down on me here and there. well, i can't have that.

i'm thinking of getting this as a replacement, also an acer aspire; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RF1X...2123Z?th=1.

since both laptops would be made by the same company, do you think i could just pop my old ssd out and put it into the new machine and have everything work out hunky dory?

thanks!

See the post above. Also, shipping on this laptop is almost a month out. Sorry but this is a horrible time to be looking for a laptop, especially an affordable one. If I were you, if you are comfortable, I'd pull the motherboard out and soak it in isopropyl alcohol to clean it. If not, bring it to a competent tech that can disassemble and reassemble.
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It looks like your Aspire E 15 has either a 2.5" SATA SSD or a M.2 SATA SSD, or both.

The Aspire 5 Slim has a M.2 NVME SSD.

M.2 can support SATA, NVME or both, but it's up to manufacturers to decide. In a quick search, I didn't find anything to indicate the 5 Slim supports M.2 SATA. It's entirely possible the drive out of your current laptop won't physically fit into the 5 Slim.

Even if it does, going from Intel to AMD is a big change from a driver/software standpoint. There is a good chance you'd run into stability or compatibility problems.
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As a follow up to my last post, I didn't realize the OP didn't have an nvme. May work but I think the slot is keyed for nvme only. OP could always get an adapter to use the onboard sata port. If you do use the old drive, you will have to power on the new laptop and switch it out of S mode first.

All thinks considered, I'd just copy your files to the new machine and enjoy the speed benefit of nvme.
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ah okay, thanks. guess i'll just do the copy thing.

i do have a 1T hard drive in my e15. haven't used it much. could i transfer all my SSD files onto it and install that drive in the new machine?

guess i'm going to have to reinstall all my programs. that's the real PITA here. sigh. me, coffee and laptops are not a good mix. this is the second one i've fried in as many years.

btw / i'm getting the new acer as a refurb from acer itself -- 265, shipped, no tax even to CA where i am. in stock and due to be shipped today.

at amazon, even tho it says the shipping date is a month out, if you place an order (as i did, before canceling when i found the refurb), it can sometimes come much sooner. mine went from a month away to next monday.
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ah okay, thanks. guess i'll just do the copy thing.

i do have a 1T hard drive in my e15. haven't used it much. could i transfer all my SSD files onto it and install that drive in the new machine?

guess i'm going to have to reinstall all my programs. that's the real PITA here. sigh. me, coffee and laptops are not a good mix. this is the second one i've fried in as many years.

btw / i'm getting the new acer as a refurb from acer itself -- 265, shipped, no tax even to CA where i am. in stock and due to be shipped today.

at amazon, even tho it says the shipping date is a month out, if you place an order (as i did, before canceling when i found the refurb), it can sometimes come much sooner. mine went from a month away to next monday.
It'd be great if you could let us know later which route you took and the results. Personally, I do not think you can just drop the old drive in the new Laptop and update drivers that fail because HAL errors would prevent Windows to launch in the first place (to run updates). Also, OEM licenses are not transferable and windows help line would not assist you with that.
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i'll report back. thanks, all, for your help!
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