10-25-2011 05:57 PM - edited 10-25-2011 06:01 PM
I recently purchased a Lenovo B575. I'm totally satisfied with the system, however, I would like to swap out the original hard drive for a smaller, faster, 32 GB SSD.
My plan is to host the OS and frequently used software on the SSD, and everything else (seldom used software, documents, media, etc.) on an external HD.
As far as I can tell, there is no real simple way to do this...which is why I'm posting here.
I've considered using a HD backup utility to copy (sector for sector) the data from the existing drive to the new drive, but due to the presence of a hidden partition, the size bloats to over the 32 BG capacity of the SSD drive I have.
I considered installing the new hard drive, and trying to restore my system using restore DVDs created by the OneKey software provided with the system, but it appears that the hidden partition on the original drive plays a role in the restoration of the machine.
I have also considered using a retail WIndow 7 Premium disc to do a fresh Windows install, but I can think of a couple of key problems that may arise...
1. An OEM product key may not be valid for a retail version of Windows
2. I may have problems reinstalling all the necessary drivers for the B575's hardware
What is the easiest way to install a OEM factory clean and original copy of Windows 7 Premium onto a new 32 GB hard drive? In other words...I'd like for windows on my NEW drive to boot up as it did the first time I booted up my computer.
Brief System Specs:
8 GB RAM (Came with 4 GB, upgraded to 8 GB)
AMD E-350 Processor 1.6 GHz
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit
Thanks in advance for any help.
10-25-2011 11:53 PM - edited 10-26-2011 12:52 AM
I really think that a 32gb hard drive (with about 27gbs of usable space) will be too small for the long run so I would strongly recommend that you stay with what you have and go buy that external drive.
I also have a B575 just like yours and a month after I did a clean OEM install, my hard drive usage was a whopping 30gbs!
BTW, have you checked what your hard drive usage is currently (before starting this project)?
Much of my 30gbs of usage was due to leftover junk from the SP1 install, a multitude of restore points and a whopping page file.
However, after a thorough cleaning of the disk, adjustments (not recommended) to the System Restore feature, and (not recommended) a huge adjustment to the page file size, I was able to get my hard drive usage down to 14gbs.
Good luck in whatever decision you may make!
10-26-2011 05:00 AM - edited 10-26-2011 06:09 AM
If I were to migrate all data onto the new drive using HD cloning software, my usage would be right at about 17 gigs (if my memory serves me correctly). Before migrating, I would restore to factory default and remove any unnecessary preinstalled software.
17 gigs would be usage of ONLY the C drive. I'm excluding the backup data on the D drive, and the data on the hidden partition.
10-26-2011 06:26 AM - edited 10-26-2011 06:27 AM
Hmm .. Sounds like you might have enough room (at least for the short-term) and kudos to Lenovo for being able to use less hard disk space (with all their programs included) than I did on a fresh OEM install (with only a few small programs installed thereafter).
10-26-2011 06:44 AM
I see you edited your last message and that changes my last response because the hard disk space used in those other partitions must be accounted for if you intend to clone your entire hard drive. So, now I will revert to my original warning about 32gbs possibly not being adequate. I think you had better find out the total disk usage for all partitions before you proceed any further.
10-27-2011 04:22 AM - edited 10-27-2011 04:25 AM
Lenovo recovery software does not seem to work if you
change partition sizes, from all I have read.
Also the recovery disks you create would most likely not
work for a smaller hard drive than the original.
What cloning software will you use?
Most will also not work with smaller disk than the disk you image.
A "OEM System Builder" windows disk from Newegg
should work with the coa on the computer, or with the
oem key in the current install. I use ABR beta for activation
backup and restore, or get Magic Jellybean keyfinder to
get the oem key.
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