Blade 2016 SSD Install/Windows Install Guide

Discussion in 'Systems' started by VeryCrushed, May 19, 2016.

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  1. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    So ill get straight to it, the SSD portion applies to both Blades purchased from Razer's Store and Microsoft's store, however the recovery/windows install part has only been tested on Microsoft bought machines. This is due to the fact that Microsoft customizes the recovery on the ones they sell.

    If you would like to help me run some tests, I need someone who has a Razer bought blade to PM me so I can make sure the guide is compatible for both.

    I was originally thinking of creating a clean install/oem recovery guide but it would take a large amount of work to write up and test some of the scripts I would include to simplify the process for people. Unless I see a large demand for it, I most likely wont. There are plenty of clean install guides around, and you can download the Blade's drivers here:,350,589


    1. Create Recovery Drive

    Before you start taking apart your Blade and swapping SSD's, you should boot up Windows and create a recovery drive. Just go through the Windows setup creating a dummy account. You don't need to use a MS account, you just need to get to the desktop.

    Once there, press the Windows key and R to open a run prompt. Type in RecoveryDisk.exe into the box and press ok to start the recovery drive wizard. Just follow through the screens and it will start copying the necessary files the the drive you selected.

    You will need at least a 8GB USB drive or external hard drive to create the recovery drive. The process can take a bit, so sit back and have some coffee.

    2. SSD Install

    This is honestly the easiest and fastest part, there are a total of 10 T5 screws on the back of the Blade. They are along the outside edge and are all accessible. Once you have them out you can just pull off the backing and the SSD is sitting right next to the battery. It is held down by one Philips screw. It comes out like a ram stick in any other laptop after that. (Meaning there is a spring mechanism that pushes it up when unscrewed. You will have to hold it down when screwing the new one in.) From there its as simple as reversing the process putting it back together.

    Here are some images of the inside


    Thank you @Newcastle for saving me from reopening my Blade to get pictures

    3. Windows Recovery

    So great, you have your recovery USB/HDD in hand and a fresh SSD in the laptop. Make sure the USB is inserted and start up the laptop, press F12 as soon as the Razer logo pops up and select your USB drive to boot to it.

    Once in the recovery, choose your keyboard layout. You will need to select Troubleshoot, then Recover from drive. You will want to select the option to Just Remove My Files, the other one wipes the SSD over many times and is unnecessary and slow. Now sit back and go grab some more coffee as this may take a bit.

    After some reboots and install screens you will be back to the main setup as if you had just bought it, except now you have your new SSD in there ready to go. If you get a screen saying press F12 to clear the TPM, just do it.

    Do note that if your SSD has special drivers, you should install them as they can increase performance. The most common one people are buying at the time is the Samsung 950 Pro, drivers can be downloaded here:

    Keep your recovery drive safe somewhere or keep a copy of all of the files on it somewhere safe.
    Last edited: May 19, 2016
  2. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    If it really is that easy, I will probally go this route.

    I just wish Razer could have put 2 ssd slots in there.

    Also, if the new drive dosnt work, you can always throw in the old 256gb drive and that should work, correct?

    Just want to have a failsafe
    Last edited: May 19, 2016
  3. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    Yes, 950 Pro's are working well in it and I highly recommend one if you are going to go that route. You can always swap back the old SSD if ever needed, as long as you don't wipe the data on it the copy of Windows should still be good.
  4. AmazingSpanoMan

    AmazingSpanoMan Active Member

    It really is this easy. I've done it numerous times and never hit a hiccup
  5. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    I have decided against the full clean install guide I had originally planned. Refer to the to portion of the guide for details.
  6. mintouch

    mintouch Active Member

    nice 950 pro. that pm951 totally sucks!
  7. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    So how long did it take to do the complete install and transferring windows?
  8. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    Wouldn't say more then 45 mins

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
  9. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    Creating the recovery USB is the longest part

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
  10. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    Fantastic. Thank you very much for this write up.
  11. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    Now I am just going to wait for the 950 Pro 1TB model to come out next year.
  12. mling001

    mling001 Active Member

    Nice thank you for sharing!!!!
  13. 9377519279

    9377519279 Active Member

    Considering people still consider 850 pros 2.5'" top of the line with 500 read writes, I would not say it sucks at all it's just not number 1.
  14. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    850 Pro would be top of the line for a Sata SSD, but we are talking about PCI SSD's here. So it's pretty irrelevant.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
  15. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    So is the video coming out soon? Or did you decide against it?
  16. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    I'm not sure who told you I was doing a video, cause that was never the plan.
  17. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    Huh, must have been someone else then.
  18. VeryCrushed

    VeryCrushed Active Member

    Yeah, sorry. I would but I really need to get my laptop going, it was supposed to be ready by yesterday so I could continue working on my game. If I had a second one to play around with I would gladly do it.

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  19. ttouchdown77

    ttouchdown77 Active Member

    Gonna save this guide somewhere for later. I do plan on upgrading the SSD in my Blade Stealth eventually, just not straight away. Thanks for making this :smile_:
  20. RobinFear

    RobinFear Member

    Thank you for making this. Getting my Blade today and the 1st thing I plan on doing is to upgrade the SSD.
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