04-05-2018 01:53 AM
All of your installation information on the website is focused on replacing a working drive with a Crucial SSD. But what to do if your current HDD (or SSD, for that matter) has failed and you're trying to replace it with a Crucial SSD? This is a far different animal, and it's hard for me to believe that it is all that rare.
I can tell you from many hours of head pounding that Acronis True Image isn't going to be much, if any, help to you. Of course, if you have bootable OS installation media, then you can install the SSD and then clean install the OS on the SSD and proceed from there.
But: a) Who has bootable OS installation media, and b) Even if you do, Acronis is likely to give you no help, esp. if the data area of the failed drive is corrupted.
04-23-2018 11:07 PM - edited 04-23-2018 11:15 PM
Yes, you have to have one of the two for a new hard drive to be useful. Either bootable operating system media or a working system disk to clone.
Try Microsoft if you had any version of Windows 10 or a retail (store bought) copy of 7/8: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/15088/windows-create-installation-media
If you were running an OEM copy of 7/8 (ie one pre-installed on a prebuilt PC) then you may need to contact the manufacturer of your computer for media as I don't think the OEM product keys will work on the Microsoft downlaod copies. As far as I know, if you'd ever upgraded to 10 (even if the PC came with 7/8) then you can just use the 10 media as it ties to your computer hardware and/or microsoft account rather than needing a product key when re-installing.