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Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

  1. #51


    Thanks for those tempting screenshots theog; much appreciated. I cant get a normal bbs popup of any type to select which device I boot from whatever I do. There are options in BIOS (as it used to be known) but selecting my SSD produces only a 'select proper boot device' fail. I hung everything on it - even the old HDD but get nowehere. I also get 'disk locked' fails whan I try to make the SSD bootable with the recovery app.

    Am I failing beacuse it is DESIGNED to fail me? I have disabled all secure boot setting in UEFI but don't think it allows me to switch it TOTALLY off. Is this cloning and SSD thing just not possible in Win 8 by design - shame on those Farstone people selling me this DiskClone and making it appear simple.

    Is my only option to dump Win 8 and install Win 7 fresh on my SSD (for yes - I have ye olde fashioned DISK from old broken laptop)!

    Sorry to be so grumpy :-(

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  2. #52


    A different clone tool manufacturer and pretty clued up users on a different site suggest it isnt possible SSD Clone is recognized in Bios but won't boot into Win 8 | Knowledge Base
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  3. #53


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    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo 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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  4. #54


    Thanks theogg. I have put the additional step of swapping the HDd for the sad in the process but when I go to Refresh I get the usual 'disk is locked' error and for the Reset I get 'unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing'. I have a cloned ssd with all partitions beautifully matching the source hdd. I tried to format the ssd to start with a blank to try, but disk manager won't let me format the unfinished and recovery partitions. Frustrationville continues!
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  5. #55


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    Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums

    Than try following the Lenovo Recovery tutorial.


    The base of Tutorial.

    1) Make Recovery USB Pendrive.

    2) Remove factory HDD. (not in tutorial)

    3) Install your SSD. (not in tutorial)

    4) Install OS with Recovery USB Pendrive to the SSD.
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  6. #56


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    Nice find Theog, mainly because this is directly from Lenovo's website, which means that if it doesn't work at some step I can tell them that I was following the guide published by them and it didn't work. I will try it later and update.
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  7. #57


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8 OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch View Post
    Nice find Theog, mainly because this is directly from Lenovo's website, which means that if it doesn't work at some step I can tell them that I was following the guide published by them and it didn't work. I will try it later and update.
    I'm sorry, I thought you would've already seen that guide. Otherwise I would've shared.

    Unfortunately when you call support, they will weasel their way out of this argument by saying your warranty only covers hardware. They will tell you from day one there is no software warranty and this is how they try and steal $59 from you.
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  8. #58


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums

    Than try following the Lenovo Recovery tutorial.
    The base of Tutorial.

    1) Make Recovery USB Pendrive.

    2) Remove factory HDD. (not in tutorial)

    3) Install your SSD. (not in tutorial)

    4) Install OS with Recovery USB Pendrive to the SSD.


    Thanks mate - really appreciate all your input. Typing 'diskmgmt' in the command window on Win 8 does.....NOTHING!!! ( I downloaded a START button app). I'll try it on my homemade (1 of 4 built) diy superfast SSD based Win7 4.5GHZ rig tomorrow! I boast that as Win 8 makes me feel useless and impotent!

    I have found this for Win 7 - too good to be true...???? https://unlimitedsoftwaresource.com/windows7_pro.php

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  9. #59


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    Open a
    in Windows 7
    Elevated Command Prompt - Windows 7 Forums
    in Windows 8
    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8

    Type in command line

    DISKPART
    LIST DISK
    SELECT DISK # (win HD)
    CLEAN


    Click image for larger version
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  10. #60


    Thanks again. Successfully initialised sad using the command prompt. Same Repair or restore usual errors then though.

    So I gave up and went to instal win 7. Now I get 'secure boot violation....invalid signature detected. Check secure boot policy in setup' FFS I can not spend my life on this and am disgusted with my simpleton go to Apple and return this Asus thoughts!
    Last edited by diesele; 01 Jan 2013 at 17:43.
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