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Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD


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Hello,

I recently bought a Lenovo Z580 with Windows 8 pre-installed. It did not come with installation discs. I also bought a Samsung 830 256GB SSD with the laptop kit, which includes a SATA to USB cord, a disc copy of Norton Ghost, and a disc copy of Samsung Magician. In addition, I bought a USB 2.0 enclosure that will hold my internal HDD (until I find a good USB 3.0 enclosure).

My goal: to have my laptop be running Windows 8 off of the SSD which would be my main and only drive in my laptop. I would like to do this as simply as possible, with as few steps as possible.

I have looked online for quite some time, and whatever I have tried has failed.

Originally I wanted to use Norton Ghost to copy an image over to my SSD. It turns out Norton Ghost 15.0 doesn't support Windows 8.

So then I looked at other options. Let me get the vocabulary and options clear here, because it's frikkin confusing and nothing I have found really explains it.

"Boot from" = Using BIOS to tell the computer to look at a certain drive to "boot from" that drive. However, I don't understand what boot from actually means. Do you need Windows 8 INSTALLED already on something that you boot from? Do you just need an IMAGE of Windows 8?
System Refresh = Not really reinstalling anything???
System Restore = ???
System Image Recovery = Recover Windows using a specific system image file. How do I create this system image file? Can this system image be put on a USB, and then "booted from" it?
Bootable recovery drive = a USB drive that can be "booted from."

Here is a record of what I have tried:
  1. After going to Start menu, typed "Recovery Drive" to search and find the "Create a recovery drive" process. Clicked on that.
  2. At this point, a "Create a recovery drive" menu popped up. My laptop came with a recovery partition, so it tells me I can copy it to the recovery drive so you can use it to "refresh or reset your PC." There is a box that I can click that says "Copy the recovery partition form the PC to the recovery drive." I checked this box and hit next.
  3. It prompted me to connect a USB drive with at least 16 GB, so I connected a 32 GB flashdrive. I then went through the process and the recovery drive was made. It took up around 10 GB.
  4. At this point I thought I could "boot from" the USB, and then install Windows 8 via the recovery drive on my SSD. Hence I shut down the laptop, removed the battery, removed the HDD, put the SSD in its place, put the battery back in and started up the laptop. It gave me the language and keyboard options, and then brought up a screen that was similar to the "Advanced Setup" screen that can be accessed via PC Settings => General => scroll down to the bottom under "Advanced Setup." However this "Advanced Setup" screen had fewer options.
  5. I now plugged in the USB recovery drive.
  6. I went to "Troubleshoot" => "Advanced Options," and went to UEFI Firmware settings. Clicking "Enter" on the USB under the "Boot Menu" restarted the computer and took me back to the Language/Keyboard choosing. So it did nothing.
  7. So now I went back to the UEFI Firmware settings and hit Tab to go to the App Menu, then hit Enter to go into "Setup". I scrolled over to "Boot" and in here was the options of Boot Mode, USB Boot, and Boot Priority Order. Boot Mode is [UEFI], USB Boot is [Enabled], and then I placed the Boot Priority Order to have the USB come first, and then the SSD, and then everything else. I then restarted. It took me back to the Language/Keyboard choosing. So it did nothing.
  8. I then put the HDD into the enclosure and tried to "boot from" that. I expected this to work because it actually has Windows 8 installed on it. Didn't work. I was always caught in the Language/Keyboard loop.

Okay, so I gave up for the night. Today I tried to create the system image using the OneKey Recovery.

  1. I swapped the SSD and HDD back so I could get Windows 8 running again.
  2. I got to the OneKey Recovery menu. I hit "System Backup", and it gave me the option of where to back up to. I changed it to "Hard Disk or Removable Hard Drive"
  3. The Estimated image size was 29 GB, and so I used my 32GB Flash drive to create the image.
  4. After that, I tried to use that image on my USB to reinstall Windows 8 from the "Advanced Setup" screen, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. You can get to a section that asks for an image somewhere, but it wants one from the HDD, not from the USB.

I have not yet tried any type of free imaging software, as mentioned in this thread here, which asks essentially the same question that I am asking in this thread. However, I don't think any of the answers given in that thread were good enough because they assume knowledge and aren't clear in describing the order of steps.

So if anyone responds to the thread, it would be greatly appreciated if you describe exactly the order of steps needed to do accomplish this transfer of Windows 8.

(I actually really dislike that they do not include installation DVDs. Because if they had, I would be done with this already.)
 

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
Check out chapter 3 in this manual:

http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_y480y580_ug_v2.0_jul_2012_english.pdf


You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.




You can use the Windows system image.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8956-system-image-create-windows-8-a.html

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html
 

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I followed the Chapter 3 "Backing up the system partition" section. Instead of creating DVDs, I made the equivalent, which was a USB flash drive.

How do I now use that equivalent to "OEM manufacturer's Recovery disks" to transfer to the SSD?
With my current understanding I would do the following: Turn off the computer. Swap out the HDD and replace with the SSD. Plug the USB drive into the computer. Turn the computer on. Make sure you boot from USB before the SSD. Should this work? Will it automatically take me to setup the installation process? I can't do it until later tonight, but I will test it and edit my answer when I do.
 

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Page 27.

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.
The Recovery Disc Set consists of the following set of DVDs to restore the
computer to the original factory configuration.

Start Recovery Disc (one disc)

This disc is used to format the hard disk drive and initiate the recovery process.
 

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Page 27.

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.
The Recovery Disc Set consists of the following set of DVDs to restore the
computer to the original factory configuration.

Start Recovery Disc (one disc)

This disc is used to format the hard disk drive and initiate the recovery process.
(I couldn't find this on Page 27 of the manual btw.)

What do they refer to when they say "Recovery Disc Set"? It says to "Order the Recovery Disc Set," which strongly implies that it is a set of installation discs that do not come with the computer but you must acquire otherwise.

Allow me now to elucidate my current understanding. This paragraph means that, for ALL THE OPTIONS that they give you on the computer to create recovery options, or system images, or whatever you want to call it, you can't use ANY OF THOSE to do a clean installation on a different drive, or on that same drive if that drive completely crashes/can't boot.

This can't possibly be the best answer. This basically means that they failed to supply installation discs that computer makers previously had supplied for years and years, in lieu of something that does not fulfill the full purpose of the installation discs. Thus rendering the new options useless, since you need to get discs again anyway. This is so insanely backwards... I just don't even know what to think if this understanding is correct. I hope I am wrong.
 

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Instead of creating DVDs, I made the equivalent, which was a USB flash drive.
Did you make the Recovery disks, DVD or USB?
 

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That's awkward.

Previously (eg with win7 ), you would download the win7 installation 7 iso - available all over the place - and use the COA license key stickered on the machine to do a fresh install.

In their infinite wisdom, MS don't do that any more with win8.

I don't know wht the situation would be if you got a win8 install iso ( google) and installed with that.

Perhaps you would need to call MS to get an activation code of some sort.

It is very messy and inconvenient compared to how they used to do it.
 

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This can't possibly be the best answer. This basically means that they failed to supply installation discs that computer makers previously had supplied for years and years, in lieu of something that does not fulfill the full purpose of the installation discs. Thus rendering the new options useless, since you need to get discs again anyway. This is so insanely backwards... I just don't even know what to think if this understanding is correct. I hope I am wrong.
Yes, that is pretty much it.

There should be some way of running off the oem recovery discs yourself from a program the oem has put somewhere in windows.

Completely useless if you can't get into windows in the first place.
 

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I read through the thread a couple of times to make sure I was on the right track, so I hope I'm answering the OP's original question:

I have used the EASEUS TODO backup software several times on different computers with great success, and they still offer a free version...
Easeus Todo Backup Free - CNET Download.com
Install on the HDD in your Lenovo with the (formatted) SSD in the external enclosure then select the full disk clone (rather than partition), it will copy all of the original HDD's partitions (including recovery) to the SSD. When it's completed swap the drives and you should be good to go.
I've had a couple of situations in the past where I had to boot to the repair disc to fix the boot sector on the SSD but those were rare occasions.
 

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I read through the thread a couple of times to make sure I was on the right track, so I hope I'm answering the OP's original question:

I have used the EASEUS TODO backup software several times on different computers with great success, and they still offer a free version...
Easeus Todo Backup Free - CNET Download.com
Install on the HDD in your Lenovo with the (formatted) SSD in the external enclosure then select the full disk clone (rather than partition), it will copy all of the original HDD's partitions (including recovery) to the SSD. When it's completed swap the drives and you should be good to go.
I've had a couple of situations in the past where I had to boot to the repair disc to fix the boot sector on the SSD but those were rare occasions.
So this sounds promising, since 2 people have said they have success with it. Two questions now.

1) How do I format the SSD? Related question: My computer has been unable to "see" the SSD when put in the enclosure and connected via USB, or when connected via the USB to SATA cable that came with the SSD. It should show up under "Computer" like a normal USB connected external drive right? How is it not formatted and thus does not behave like that?

2) When I ran EaseUS ToDo and clicked on "Disk clone" under the "Clone" option, it brings me to a list of possible disks to clone. There is only one, obviously, however I can't possibly get the "Next" button to light up. I have clicked everywhere on the menu to try to do it but it won't work. When I go to "partition clone" I can see a bunch of partitions, and the Next button is accessible.
 

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I read through the thread a couple of times to make sure I was on the right track, so I hope I'm answering the OP's original question:

I have used the EASEUS TODO backup software several times on different computers with great success, and they still offer a free version...
Easeus Todo Backup Free - CNET Download.com
Install on the HDD in your Lenovo with the (formatted) SSD in the external enclosure then select the full disk clone (rather than partition), it will copy all of the original HDD's partitions (including recovery) to the SSD. When it's completed swap the drives and you should be good to go.
I've had a couple of situations in the past where I had to boot to the repair disc to fix the boot sector on the SSD but those were rare occasions.
So this sounds promising, since 2 people have said they have success with it. Two questions now.

1) How do I format the SSD? Related question: My computer has been unable to "see" the SSD when put in the enclosure and connected via USB, or when connected via the USB to SATA cable that came with the SSD. It should show up under "Computer" like a normal USB connected external drive right? How is it not formatted and thus does not behave like that?

2) When I ran EaseUS ToDo and clicked on "Disk clone" under the "Clone" option, it brings me to a list of possible disks to clone. There is only one, obviously, however I can't possibly get the "Next" button to light up. I have clicked everywhere on the menu to try to do it but it won't work. When I go to "partition clone" I can see a bunch of partitions, and the Next button is accessible.
Win key + E will bring up Windows Explorer. Right-click Computer in the left pane and select Manage. Left-click Disk Management. You will see your SSD listed as one of the disks. Right-click inside the disk and select Format, then follow the prompts. When finished exit to the desktop and re-launch EASEUS TODO.

Once this is complete EASEUS TODO will be able to detect the SSD and the Next button will be enabled. It isn't now because it can't detect a drive to clone to (the reason for the formatting).

Hope this helps. And Merry Christmas. :D
 

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right click on my computer icon on desktop and select manage then select disk management look for your drive in there
you might need to create volume or similar for your laptop to see it

thanks brad


oops to slow
 

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right click on my computer icon on desktop and select manage then select disk management look for your drive in there
you might need to create volume or similar for your laptop to see it

thanks brad


oops to slow
Yeah but I forgot to mention creating a volume so maybe I was too quick. :D
 

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    MSI AM3
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    8GB 1333
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 460
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    Acer H233H
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    Plextor 128GB SSD
    Samsung 1TB HDD
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lol as long as his problem is fixed and he can stop pulling out his hair
 

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have used the EASEUS TODO backup
Ditto, has been (and is) very good. Remember to tick 'Optimize for SSD' to get the alignment right.
To check SSD alignment and performance > Download AS SSD benchmark 1.6.4237 - FileHippo.com
Does AS SSD check for alignment now? I haven't used EASE TODO since v.4 and don't recall it having the "Optimize for SSD" option, that's a really nice feature. I've always had to align after I was done because cloning messes with alignment. I'm not even sure I would notice anyway but I'm kind of OCD about getting things right.

To the OP, here's how to check for alignment after you've got your SSD cloned and installed:

"To see if your partitions are aligned correctly, hit the Start menu and type in msinfo32. Enter Msinfo32 and go to Components > Storage > Disks. Look for your SSD on the list and find the "Partition Starting Offset" item. If this number is divisible by 4096 (that is, if dividing it by 4096 equals a whole number and not a decimal), your partition is correctly aligned."

(I found these instructions online a while ago and don't know who to give credit to)
 

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    nvidia 460
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I read through the thread a couple of times to make sure I was on the right track, so I hope I'm answering the OP's original question:

I have used the EASEUS TODO backup software several times on different computers with great success, and they still offer a free version...
Easeus Todo Backup Free - CNET Download.com
Install on the HDD in your Lenovo with the (formatted) SSD in the external enclosure then select the full disk clone (rather than partition), it will copy all of the original HDD's partitions (including recovery) to the SSD. When it's completed swap the drives and you should be good to go.
I've had a couple of situations in the past where I had to boot to the repair disc to fix the boot sector on the SSD but those were rare occasions.
Easeus has no support for Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot, the OP has.


The only 3rd party software that I know of, that fully supports Windows 8 is PARAGON.


Paragon 12 now supports Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.

PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning
 

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Win key + E will bring up Windows Explorer. Right-click Computer in the left pane and select Manage. Left-click Disk Management. You will see your SSD listed as one of the disks. Right-click inside the disk and select Format, then follow the prompts. When finished exit to the desktop and re-launch EASEUS TODO.

Once this is complete EASEUS TODO will be able to detect the SSD and the Next button will be enabled. It isn't now because it can't detect a drive to clone to (the reason for the formatting).

Hope this helps. And Merry Christmas. :D
OKAY! This was extremely helpful and right now I am at choosing of "layout after clone." Right now I have many tiny partitions that I am not changing the size of, but the main three partitions are 1) Main drive space for Storage/Windows 8. 2) A 20 GB "Lenovo" partition, that only has 2 GB full. 3) The secret recovery partition, with ~20 GB of 20 GB full.
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My question is this: because I am cloning the hard drive, I should still have the recovery partition on the hard drive, which means I can get rid of the recovery partition on the SSD, correct? My concern is maximizing the space for storage on my 256GB (I won't need that much, but if I can get rid of ~35 GB of partitions then I want to). I talked to my dad (a computer engineer) and he brought up the possibility of what happens when Windows 8 looks for the partition and can't find it. Can I remove the recovery partition after I install Windows 8? Also can I decrease the size of the Lenovo partition? It's only folder is "drivers".

Note: I appreciate ALL THE HELP I have got so far. THANK YOU! Once I get things worked out I will give a longer thank you post.
Note 2: I am just gonna go ahead and clone with the two extra partitions in there, because now I know how to do it so it would be easy enough to do it again.
 

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Progress update (not good news):

I used the EaseUS ToDo to "Clone Disk" to my SSD. Everything went well. I didn't touch the recovery partition, but I did decrease the Lenovo partition to 10 GB so that the primary partition would be larger. It took around 50 minutes to clone. After the successful clone, I checked the "Computer" and found my ":S" drive (S is for SSD. :D) and the new Lenovo drive. I decided to try to boot from the SSD before I went ahead and did the swap into my laptop. Good thing I did...

I went into the "Advanced Startup" menu, and then went into the "Advanced options" and clicked on the UEFI Firmware Settings so that I could boot directly from SSD. I did that, but that SSD shows up as "USB HDD: Mass Storage Device." It started to restart but it showed a quick fail screen a few times. It then got into the Language/Keyboard start-up, and when it came to the options to start it had ONLY "Turn off PC" and "Advanced options." So I clicked on "Advanced options," and went into try to reinstall on the SSD via the Recovery partition, which I left on the SSD. I clicked through and it then told me that it couldn't complete it because I was missing a partition.

Then I went to UEFI again and booted from my hard drive. I then tried to do it again, to go through the steps so that I could give a better description while typing this up. However, THIS TIME when I hit Enter on the "USB HDD: Mass Storage Device." it takes me to a blue screen that says the following:

"Recovery. Your PC needs to be repaired. The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors. File \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD. Error code: 0x000000f. You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator of PC manufacturer

Press Esc for UEFI Firmware settings."

My goodness. And I thought I was sooooo close...

Should I just try to swap the hard drive out and see if it works as the main drive? I don't know why it would work like that and not through the enclosure.

 

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Page 27.

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.
The Recovery Disc Set consists of the following set of DVDs to restore the
computer to the original factory configuration.

Start Recovery Disc (one disc)

This disc is used to format the hard disk drive and initiate the recovery process.
Instead of creating DVDs, I made the equivalent, which was a USB flash drive.
Did you make the Recovery disks, DVD or USB?
Why not do it the EASY WAY.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

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