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Brand new G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) - replace HDD and downgrade OS

I'm getting a G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) with Windows 10 already installed on a 1TB HDD w/8GB SSD. This is what I want to do.....

1. Replace the factory drive with a new Samsung 850 EVO 256GB
2. Replace Windows 10 by installing fresh Windows 7 Ultimate x64

From my research, this sounds like a major pain but I'm sure someone has done this before. What do I need to do? Has this process already been documented?

I did this with a Lenovo G570 5 years ago and it was a LOT easier (and still runs like a top).

 

Thanks!

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Re: Brand new G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) - replace HDD and downgrade OS

Hi ncsercs , 

 

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

Moving to SSD from the HDD have been done successfully.

 

Here are couple of threads with challenges and accepted solutions from the community 

SSD mSATA support on G50-80   

New G50-80 reinstall to SSD 

 

For the Windows 7 Set up , I see that support site for the W7 64bit drivers are up.

Checked on this thread just in case you may need this too.  

Issue:  Lenovo G50-80 ACPI\VPC2004 Windows 7 64-bit.

 

Hope this help you be directed to a more detailed discussions on your query.

 

 

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I'll give this a try. Thanks!
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Re: Brand new G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) - replace HDD and downgrade OS

Hi ncsercs , 

 

 

Greetings.

 

Before you get started , Best that you create your recovery media too. 

Have us updated on how things go. 

 

 

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Re: Brand new G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) - replace HDD and downgrade OS

Hi , I'm really trying to understand this but I can't.

 

Right now, I'm just trying to get back to basics.

 

I have a G50-80 with a 1 TB drive as stated above.

 

Windows 10 is preloaded (and unpacked) so that works.

 

I just want to swap it with a Samsung 850 EVO 256GB

 

How and what do I use to make a backup?

 

I have Samsung Data Migration, Paragon Partition Manager 15 Professional v10, EaseUS Partition Master 10.8

 

Do I use one of these to copy the partitions to the new drive or something else?

 

Thanks!

 

 

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I have used AOMEI backupper Free to create a recovery CD and clone the whole drive to a SSD.

 

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Re: Brand new G50-80 Laptop (80E502XXUS) - replace HDD and downgrade OS

I used this and it is so easy. Cloned and rebooted several times to make sure it worked.


https://hddcaddy.eu/how-to-clone-factory-installed-windows-8-to-a-new-empty-ssd/


Pay particular attention to the use of Macrium Reflect Free software used to clone.

 

I would use this solution to replace a stock HDD with a SDD.

 

Thanks to all for your help and suggestions.

 

Mods, please take a look at this and tell us what you think. If I can figure this out, anyone can.

 

Now, if you want to replace Windows 10 with Windows 7, that's another matter altogether for another time.....

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