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StuartHickson
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Registered: ‎10-15-2011
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W510 can't install W7 onto new Lenovo 256GB SSD

So I have a brand new Lenovo (Toshiba) 256GB SSD. SSD THNSFC256GAMJ.  Lenovo Part Number 45N7990. When I attempt to install Win7 onto on my W510 Type 4389-A97 it says there's no drive to install to and asks for a driver. I can't find a driver anywhere. The 160GB Intel SSD I have works fine.  Is there a driver I need? If so, where do I get it from? I can't even find reference to this drive on the Lenovo site yet is has a Lenovo part number. 

 

 

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Serge1410
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Re: W510 can't install W7 onto new Lenovo 256GB SSD

hey StuartHickson,

is the Win7 which you're trying to install your own disc ?

anyway, have you made recovery media for your W510 using Rescue & Recovery? If you have, then I would like you to use those disc first and restore your unit.

once that is one, try installing W7 on your unit.





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StuartHickson
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Re: W510 can't install W7 onto new Lenovo 256GB SSD

I'm using an original Win7 Ultimate install disk downloaded from my MSDN subscription. I have also tried to use a CloneZilla image made from the same laptop but from a standard drive. CloneZilla can't see the disk either, which is high;y unusual. It's not a case of using unlicensed or dodgy software. This is licensed Windows. I had no issues with the 160GB Intel SSD with Lenovo part number 45N7968. 

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StuartHickson
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Re: W510 can't install W7 onto new Lenovo 256GB SSD

I'm not trying to recover an install. I want to move from my 500GB SATA drive to the 256 SSD and I want to do a fresh install. I can use the 160GB SSD referred to below and it works, The 256GB doe snot work although the BIOS recognises it no problem.
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StuartHickson
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Re: W510 can't install W7 onto new Lenovo 256GB SSD

After hours of stuffing around, I downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD - this a great free tool and `it worked fine first time to create a partition that I could then install Windows on to >> http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html . Lenovo were zero help. This drive is clearly not recognised by Windows7. Nothing else to add.