|I didn't want to say that but I have done it before..|
I think he means use magic jelly bean both before and then put it in later just in case.
This still doesn't exactly give you all that your paid for. Your original install may have had various applications and some specific drivers for your system and special applications too.
Might be possible to put old drive in a usb caddy and recover the data that way. Things like ghost, acronis and linux dd, and G4U can copy partitions. Be careful.
Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)