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A720 with 256 gb Crucial SSD with Win 8

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    win 7


    Help!!! I went to do the restore - I pulled the HDD drive so only the SSD drive would show up. Now it says "the available space is not enough" when I click next to install the restore on the SSD... what do I do?

    In the meantime, I am just going to use my Win 7 Upgrade CD from my other computer, and not input a product code. I know Win 7 gives you 30 day trial period so I hope there's no issues when I install Win 8 over that.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi Jterpslaw --

    Sorry this didn't work for you. It seems the difference is the size of your drive for the recovery disks. I just did a search online and found similar issues with Lenovo laptops:

    new disk partioning and one key recover feature - Page 45 - Lenovo Community

    Some people in the thread suggest resizing your HDD to something smaller than your SDD prior to making the recovery disks, but it doesn't seem that anyone actually tried that (it sounds like a pain...). They also mention that you can purchase recovery disks from Lenovo. Maybe those would work with smaller drives.

    Since you plan to do a clean install anyway, another option is just go ahead in install Windows 8. Then call Microsoft and explain your situation. In this thread it seems that some people have been able to get help from Microsoft product support (800-936-5700) for the situation you are in:

    Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Product Key can't be used to activate - Microsoft Community

    Good luck,
    d
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    How to clean install.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jterpslaw View Post
    Theog - how does that apply to us? I know nothing about this stuff...
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You need to boot the Windows 8 DVD from a uEFI boot drive to install.

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  4. #14


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    windows 8 standard


    I have a new lenovoa a720 delivered with windows 8 standard. I don't want to do any fancy things - you guys are in another league.

    But I have done the initial backup to the D drive and must now create a bootable system. All of you spoke about DVD's. What about a bootable 64G memory stick? Before i go out any buy the correct pack of DVD's it would be nice to know if this is an alternative.

    Also, i have no special key onside of computer and i have NO IDEA how i would ever get at my boot disc should i ever finally make one.

    Thanks for whatever help you can give. There is not much out there right now, especially for novices.
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  5. #15


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by coldturkey View Post
    I have a new lenovoa a720 delivered with windows 8 standard. I don't want to do any fancy things - you guys are in another league.

    But I have done the initial backup to the D drive and must now create a bootable system. All of you spoke about DVD's. What about a bootable 64G memory stick? Before i go out any buy the correct pack of DVD's it would be nice to know if this is an alternative.

    Also, i have no special key onside of computer and i have NO IDEA how i would ever get at my boot disc should i ever finally make one.

    Thanks for whatever help you can give. There is not much out there right now, especially for novices.
    This is a tutorial by Lenovo using the Windows 8 USB Drive Recovery app.

    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo Think system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload


    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    NOTE: From this point forward in the recovery process, the choices for actual operating system recovery depend on the existing state of the computer hard drive.

    Below are the instructions if there is an existing Microsoft Windows 8 install on the hard drive.
    1.Select the target operating system of Microsoft Windows 8 to reload over existing Lenovo preload.
    2.Select "Yes" to repartition the drives or "No" to keep existing partitions. For a clean install, the drives should be repartitioned.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive".
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.

    Below are the instructions if the hard drive is blank.
    1.Select "Yes" to repartition the HDD or "No" to keep the existing partitions.
    2.Click either choice, but these instructions follow the repartition scenario.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive" as this will take several minutes to complete.
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 3
    windows 8 standard

    How to make USB stick bottable for ideacentre a720 win 8


    Thanks for reply. Your instructions are for thinkventer, mine is an ideacenter.

    In either case, there is nothing here said about
    a) making a usb stick the bootable media
    b) forcing the system to boot from this media: on a ideacentre a770, there is no magic external key and no hints during startup for railroading the normal startup process. Somehow the bios (or UEFI?) needs to be told.

    Would appreciate anything you have on this.
    coldturkey
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  7. #17


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by coldturkey View Post
    Thanks for reply. Your instructions are for thinkventer, mine is an ideacenter.

    In either case, there is nothing here said about
    a) making a usb stick the bootable media
    b) forcing the system to boot from this media: on a ideacentre a770, there is no magic external key and no hints during startup for railroading the normal startup process. Somehow the bios (or UEFI?) needs to be told.

    Would appreciate anything you have on this.
    coldturkey

    The tutorial by Lenovo, is for all Lenovo PC's Pre-installed with Windows 8.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 3
    windows 8 standard

    thanks from a novice with an a720


    Thanks for the patience. I will go out and buy a stack of DVD's and make a bottable recovery on them. (pity, usb would have been nice).

    I DID already make a backup with macrrium reflect: image on external disk drive and one little CD for the boot. But I think I have understood that this CD won't boot up because it is (maybe?) not an UEFI boot?????

    And, sorry for this, but I still don't know how to direct the resident UEFI to boot from the CD/DVD drive. The A720 doesn't have an extra button for this and there is nothing coming upon the screen during startup, as in older systems, where you could drop into the BIOS and say 'please change boot sequence' or some such thing.

    This computer is so-o-o lovely - but a bit daunting for me.

    CT
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