04-11-2017 06:22 AM
I have brought a crucial mx300 525gb sata ssd drive as would like to install this inplace of the hd that is currently in the machine, i want to clone everything "make exact copy" from the hd to the ssd but there is a windows C: drive and a lenovo D: partition which i believe is for recovery! what software and hardware would i need to be able to do this so i can just insert the ssd without any problems! thank you
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04-11-2017 07:16 AM
Hi jamienffc ,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
" 1. Install the ATIH on the HDD
2. Insert SSD into the external USB box. Yes, this advice is in opposite of goretsky's one. That box costs 10...20 bucks
3. Launch the ATIH, select the clonong process:
a)the whole drive
b)in manual mode (leave the size of partition System_DRV as is, partition C: will be resized in proportion, as well as the Q: )
4. The app will reboot the laptop for the cloning process.
5. Wait several hours . After finish replace the SSD and the HDD. Boot from the SSD.
6. If you have Factory Recovery media already you can delete Lenovo_Recovery partition on the SSD. Resize the system partition (add the free size from the Q: ), even make the new partition
7. Reinstall Lenovo R&R applicationn in order to get working ThinkVantage button at the laptop boot stage."
Some vendors have their own cloners offered free with the SSD , on this thread Acronis True Image 2014 (Home) was used but you can freely choose one that you are more familiar with.
Hope this help answer your query.
04-11-2017 08:00 AM
Thank you and it is a pleasure to be here and thank you for your clear instructions! is the usb box i need like a caddy? i have a caddy that takes sata drives and ide drives so wondering if that would do the trick! although the wire connector is very loose! do you reccomend a usb box?
04-11-2017 08:28 AM
Hi jamienffc ,
I believe it would also work with a caddy as it would also allow detection and data transfer.
Using external connection can be picky so a bit of care is needed avoiding any movement from the cables.
It would worth a try.