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Want to install a 128GB SSD

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    Want to install a 128GB SSD


    I have a Kingston SSDNow V200 128 GB SATA III 6 GB/s 2.5-Inch SSD I was using on my old Dell Precision 370. I now have a new Lenovo IdeaCenter K450 running Windows 8 X64 and I want to install the SSD in it.

    This is what the drives look like now:

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    I want to clone the 1st 4 partitions plus the C: partition. I can reduce the size of my existing C: so everything will fit on the 128GB SSD. Anything I need to watch out for? I would think that cloning the existing setup should work. I will connect the SSD to the lowest SATA port, where the 2TB drive is now and move the other two drives up by one SATA port.

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    I don't think you can Clone only some partitions. You Clone one disk to another disk. So then you'll need to delete the partitions you don't want to keep. Set up your partitions the way you'll want them on them on the SSD. You most likely will have driver issues trying to move a OS from a Dell to a Lenovo. My advice would be to Clean that SSD and clean install an OS, That will probably save you lots of time and aggravations.
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    The best way would be using the Recovery disk.

    From the manual for Lenovo G480.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    When the hard disk drive or solid state drive is replaced because of a failure, no
    product recovery program is on the new drive. In this case, you must use the
    Recovery Disc Set for the computer. Order the Recovery Disc Set and the drive at
    the same time so that you can recover the new drive with the pre-installed
    software when they arrive.
    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    How to make Lenovo Windows 8 Recovery DVD
    Lenovo Solution Center shows CD/DVD recovery media for Microsoft Windows 8 - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkPad, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre

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    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
    Click on Parts & Accessories.
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    I have a Kingston SSDNow V200 128 GB SATA III 6 GB/s 2.5-Inch SSD I was using on my old Dell Precision 370. I now have a new Lenovo IdeaCenter K450 running Windows 8 X64 and I want to install the SSD in it.
    I want to clone the 1st 4 partitions plus the C: partition. I can reduce the size of my existing C: so everything will fit on the 128GB SSD. Anything I need to watch out for? I would think that cloning the existing setup should work. I will connect the SSD to the lowest SATA port, where the 2TB drive is now and move the other two drives up by one SATA port.

    The only problem with that is; you have two completely different systems with different hardware configurations along with different drivers installed. This could create a real problem with system stability later on. If this were me, I would install the SSD in the new system, do a quick format, then clean install your desired OS on the SSD.
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    That could be a bit tricky. I would suggest software specially for the purpose. Paragon will do it. I don't think the trial versions will work for that, you may need to buy one. Version 14 is just out on 27 dec PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning
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    Hmmm, what about backup and restore? Backup the 4 partitions + C: then restore to the SSD? I'm trying to avoid doing a new, clean install if possible. Plus this gives me a chance to play with stuff to see what happens.

    The Lenovo is the first UEFI/GPT system I've owned so this should be interesting and gives me a good chance to learn.
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    I bought laptop with 1TB HDD.
    Added 256GB SSD (it does not matter what port . See below)
    Cloned HDD to SSD
    to make SSD boot device you need to change UUID. This is not a problem if you just install new OS on added disk, but when you clone one disk to another, UUID will not change so Windows will continue to boot from old disk (in old times one could manipulate jumpers but no such things in modern times).
    To change UUID temporary remove old HDD and boot from SSD. Shut down computer and add HDD. Now when you will boot system will select SSD as OS disk and boot from added device.

    Remember that you need minimum 10% of free space left on SSD or disk cause problems.
    Make sure that in BIOS you set AHCI.
    Make sure that added SSD is not using MS AHCI though (Device Manager). If needed replace with Intel or AMD whatever mobo you have.
    Make sure that MS Defragger is set for trimming SSD not defragging (should be set automatically)

    There are few things that could be beneficial for SSD endurance but these are quite obvious.

    That is all. Whole operation will take 30min max. No need for anything in addition to cloning software and screwdriver.

    And no, no problems whatsoever. This is too simple to screw things up.
    Last edited by Michal; 03 Jan 2014 at 07:40.
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    Nothing is too simple to screw up. If you knew me you would not make that statement
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    These were words of encouragement.
    This is very simple process. I would not make simple to overly complicated. However there are ways to make this several hours procedure with unknown result that you can still claim success if succeeded.
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    Michal, I understood your words of encouragement. I was making a joke (or trying to), sorry.

    Points:

    I want UEFI, not AHCI.
    I want GPT, not MBR.

    My idea about backup and restore does not work correctly. Got pretty close but it hung on a black screen after the blue Loading Windows screen.

    Not having any luck using the Windows 8 Recovery flash drive I created eitehr. It keeps saying Missing a require (or critical?) partition. I'll play with this some more tomorrow.
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