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Registered: ‎11-25-2013
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G500 system restore disk & upgrades

2 questions


im planning a long trip and since my g500 is now out of warranty, i want to upgrade it with a SSD and a higher capacity battery for extra battery life.


i plan to use clonezilla to copy the 500gb hdd to a 512gb ssd, but in case that doesnt work correctly, i want to be able to restore/reinstall win8.1 on the ssd, but the g500 doesnt come with a restore disk because that's all on an on-disk partition.


1) since the current version of lenovo one-key doesnt allow you to burn your own recovery disk anymore (why not?) , if i wanted to actually BUY a recovery disk, where do i get one and how much do they cost? (i might instead get a win8.1 OEM disk if its much cheaper, but i do kinda want the included lenovo software)


2) i also want to upgrade my ram (stock 1x4gb ddr3 1600 cl11 1.35v) to 2x4gb ddr3 (1600 or higher). i looked over the forums and some people suggest you actually need DDR3L (also 1.35v) and that 'normal' 204-pin SO-DIMM wont work. the offical specs (ivy bridge i3-3120m in my case) though dont mention DDR3L. crucial's online system scanner utility also doesnt mention DDR3L specifically, but all the compatible ram it lists are 1.35v.

so i wonder what the offical ruling on that is.

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Registered: ‎04-22-2013
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Re: G500 system restore disk & upgrades

hi InvalidRecursio,


Thanks for Posting!


You can try this one first

This guide has info on recovery from blank Drive. but your system should have the Onekey recovery partition intact when you creat the Recovery media to have it working on a blank drive.


As your second option you can Call Lenovo Support  for the Recovery CD 8774536686  and press 3 for Software Support. You can order the disc there or inquire about how much the disc would be.


an about Migrating the Drive, you can check this post about Migrating to SSD. 


 About the RAM I've checked the part replacements for the RAM on this unit with Lenovo and all resulted with a DDR3L RAM.

as discussed before here in forums. The Specs provided online are the parts Lenovo have configured the system, and about upgrades or part replacements, some components can take higher capacity which is not on the tech spec list.

 Still the best recommendation is to try the part first or look for a review if you want to try out whats not listed in the specs.


Lenovo G500 Maintenance Manual



Solid Cruver

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