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Is there a fix to a ssd problem im having?

  1. #11


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for all the responses, and the links are great so that I can see exactly what the problem is. So basically I have a Lenovo Y500, which had a 1Tb hardrive and a empty msata slot. At the time I bought it, I had no idea about ssd's and was wondering why it was so slow, as it was a gaming laptop! So I did research and got a msata ssd (256gb) to put my OS and some other applications on, only to find out that the I have a version of windows using oem. So basically, I have the C: drive on my ssd that was on my hdd, but nothing else. This partition had over 256gb of space on it, which was a pain in the butt to shrink down. I did shrink it down eventually, and clone it and everything, but that's when windows was giving me issues. I have heard that you're supposed to remove the hdd, and put the ssd that you cloned in the hdd data slot, but I still wanted the hdd for mass storage. I would have just gotten a big ssd to replace the hardrive, but if I wanted 1Tb of space, I would need a lot of money. Anyway, I will continue to do research and will report any updates, and feel free to keep giving me suggestions, as that always helps.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Also, if I do need a new OS, I do not have an optical drive on my laptop, as instead I have a 2nd graphics card running in SLI, so if I have to do so, I will need to use a usb.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Also, note that I cannot get into the desktop or anything of that sort so be aware of that
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you go here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help, you can download Windows 8.1 install media, and create a bootable thumb drive from it. That install media will let you install and activate Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.0 keys and Windows 8.1 keys. Even OEM embedded keys. I have verified it myself. You just have to download the correct version. If your laptop came with core you need 8.1, if its pro you need 8.1 Pro etc. That's one option.
    If you still want to clone the factory install you'll also need to clone some of the hidden factory Partitions. Post a screen shot of your expanded disk management screen and I can probably tell you which ones might be needed. To truly test it and verify it works you'll have to take the original hard drive out and boot from just the SSD.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Ok so other than trying to get all of the hidden factory partitions, from what I can tell, installing a fresh OS is one of my best bets. I am becoming more ok of that option, but will I be able to download things like Microsoft office and my video editor and all that again without paying money? I would love to skype or something because I am not 100% sure of how to do all of these things because of the status my computer is in right now. I can't skype right now, but maybe later, somebody can help me with that. And alphanumeric, I will try some of these things, but I don't even know how to find the disk management because I can't get past the account login page
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You should be able to download office again. You'll need to know your product code to activate it though. One thing you can try is to take the mSATA drive out, set the boot order back to the original drive, then press the key needed on boot up to do a factory restore. I'm thinking it probably won't work since you deleted that partition but you might get lucky. It's worth a try anyway. You'll lose any files you have on that drive but if it works your PC will be back to the way it was when you first turned it on. It's a long shot though.
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  7. #17


    Wow, this is already getting out of control.

    We have people posted about nobody helps. Too funny.

    So now that we have more information from Josh Creany, we can proceed,

    1. You have a Lenovo (i'm so sorry), which I know all about, I am on their forums and I have a Lenovo Laptop and already went through most of this.

    2. You Not Only have a Lenovo but you for some GOD unknown reason decided to get the Sli -dual card setup on a laptop that already over-heats and can't even use the correct power voltage due to them probably giving you the wrong or incorrect power adapter(look at the voltage on your power adapter) and it throttles and is so unbelievably restricted by the bios etc....

    3. you can ABSOLUTELY use your m.2 msata (NGFF) for a Boot drive. MyDigitalSSD which is cheap and works well with Lenovo even makes a "BOOT m.2 (NGFF) drive" specifically for that. (however if the Samsung m.2 drive comes down in price you ofcourse get that one above all.)

    4. IF you can put everything back to the original state.. when you deleted the partition, how did you delete it? if the "hidden" partitions are still on the original Harddrive or new SSD,you need to try to keep those intact. - if you want Lenovo OneKey Recovery (you can use Lenovo One-key Recovery if you seriously want to, but it is a major pain as you have to rebuild all the hidden partitions and there is a posting on lenovo forums showing how to do that.- but you really don't need One-key Recovery.)

    5. when you bought your lenovo it should of had a directory folder somewhere on it called "Lenovo Drivers" those are all your drivers for your computer to install. You need to see if you still have this and save that folder to a usb stick.

    6. You need to make a backup/recoery usb boot stick if you can once you get inside windows (usually lenovo will allow you to make one via a program and also windows 8.1 itself can make a "recovery" drive for you.

    7. oh my god you have a lenovo.. im sorry. I still can't get over it.

    8. So what happens when you press the "Novo key" on the side of your computer (next to the power supply plug)? it shoudl take you to the bios correct?

    9. see what you still have on the original Harddrive. (boot to dos, can't remember if it is f2,f8,f10,or f12 that you press a thousand times as soon as your computer is turning on.) then select "Command prompt"
    then you need to use diskpart and look at what partitions you have left on your drives.
    ask how to use diskpart here if you make it to that step.
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  8. #18


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If I were you, I would do what alphanumeric says:

    1. make sure you have the product keys for your paid programs
    2. save your user files. If nothing else, use this tool.
    3. Get the iso from the link alphanumeric posted and make a fresh install.
    4. make sure the HDD is physically disconnected during that new install.

    Your first mistake was that you cloned only the C partition and forgot the EFI partition where your bootmgr resides. Your second mistake was that you did not deactivate your HDD installation.
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  9. #19

    SSD


    WHS:

    I made those "MISTAKES" & still the SSD working like a charm!
    Sometimes "MISTAKES" are in the beholders mind!

    Tully
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