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Cloning from HDD to SSD vs. a fresh installation on SSD

  1. #11


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    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits


    [QUOTE=theog;168101]
    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tmsmith616 View Post

    So, what am i supposed to do??? This really catches me by surprise...
    Try following the Lenovo Recovery tutorial.
    Thanks. Just asking, is this the link to the tutorial??
    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload

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  2. #12


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


    [QUOTE=cheesum;168105]
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum View Post

    Try following the Lenovo Recovery tutorial.
    Thanks. Just asking, is this the link to the tutorial??
    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload
    Yes.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 34
    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits


    Hi theog,
    Thanks alot for your patience.

    Can i confirm with you on the following?
    Click image for larger version

    After completing the steps as shown per above, i will remove the existing factory HDD and replace it with the SSD and plug in the USD drive. Thereafter, the recovery image will be loaded into the SSD and therefore i can boot Windows 8 from the SSD. Is this correct? As simple as that?

    Also, tmsmith616 states that the USB thumbdrive is not able to load the recovery image to blank HDD/ SSD. Does these steps address this issue?
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  4. #14


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


    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum
    After completing the steps as shown per above, i will remove the existing factory HDD and replace it with the SSD and plug in the USD drive. Thereafter, the recovery image will be loaded into the SSD and therefore i can boot Windows 8 from the SSD. Is this correct? As simple as that?
    NO.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum
    Also, tmsmith616 states that the USB thumbdrive is not able to load the recovery image to blank HDD/ SSD. Does these steps address this issue?
    Not following Lenove 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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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 OEM


    Are my posts invisible? That tutorial *should work* but it doesn't. Its the most frustrating thing I've ever had to deal with. It will not recover to a drive that doesn't already have a windows 8 installation. A mod over at the lenovo community forum states this:
    Apparently there is an issue reinstalling the Lenovo Win 8 a pre-load image onto a blank HDD with some Win 8 Ideapad models (sorry, I don't have a definitive list). Its my understanding that Lenovo is working on the issue

    If the other models you have are Win 8 IdeaPads, it may work on them!?!

    It does definitely works with all Win 8 ThinkPad models.

    Cheers,

    Bill

    Last edited by tmsmith616; 01 Jan 2013 at 13:56.
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  6. #16


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    For test.
    Just cloned my test rig with uEFI, GPT, Secure Boot setup, using Paragon Backup & Recovery 12, no problems.
    Booted first time.

    Click image for larger version

    Paragon 12 has full support for Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.

    PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning
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  7. #17


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    Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD


    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch
    THEOG! IT WORKED!

    So I know you posted this awhile ago, but I hadn't tried it because I could only find the paid version. After you posted this link I found the free trial version. I installed the program, went to Disk Migration, automated everything, took out the HDD, put in the SSD, and it boot in less than 5 seconds, perfectly.

    Wow! There is a solution.
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