I just ordered a new laptop to replace my >5 year old one that's showing its age. The ultrabook I ordered has a 256 GB SSD, and I want a bigger one, so I'm also ordering a 500 or 525 GB SSD. Laptop should get here in the next day or so, the SSD a few days after that. I'll figure out the transferring of my personal files off my old laptop onto my new laptop after I get the SSD transfer done... right now I'm trying to figure out the logistics of the hard drive swap.
I've (barely) tinkered with computers in the past, but it's been a while since I've done something to a hard drive and/or OS reinstalls. I'm pretty sure the actual physical installation of the new SSD shouldn't be too complicated (it's a M.2 SSD, so I assume it'll be like plugging in some new RAM). Not sure what I should do about the software and Windows installation though.
If the computer is brand new with no real files, programs, or settings I care about, would it make sense to skip the cloning of the original drive and just do a fresh install of Windows 10 on the new one? Is it as easy as making a Windows recovery disk (or USB I guess), swapping the SSDs, and then somehow booting from the USB and reinstalling Windows? This will probably get rid of all the Asus software that comes preinstalled on the ultrabook, but if it's more bloatware than software, this may be a good thing. If I go this route, is there anything I need to do to the computer before I take out the SSD, besides creating the Windows Recovery Stick? Any drivers or software I need to prepare? I'm just concerned about plugging in the new SSD and something like the wifi or the USB ports not working properly. Anything to look out for?
I guess the other option would be to clone the old SSD and copy it onto the new SSD as if I'm replacing a previously used hard drive with a new one, but I'm not sure if this is better or worse.
In terms of hardware, I have my old laptop (with a pretty full HDD), a 160 GB external hard drive that I can do whatever with, and a few USB sticks of various sizes that I could probably use (though the bigger ones have stuff on them and couldn't easily be formatted as a recovery stick).
Any advice? Any good walkthroughs I can follow? All the ones I'm finding seem to be centered on a OS update as well (Win7 or 8 to 10), which wouldn't apply here.