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02-18-2013

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Clone Lenovo Y400 Win 8 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD

2013-02-19, 6:32 AM

I have a brandnew Lenovo Y400 with Windows 8 and a 1TB hard drive. I want to clone the 1TB hard drive onto a Crucial 256GB SSD.

 

Has anyone really successfully done this?

 

Please note that for a SSD clone to be chracterized as truly successful, one must have:

 

(1) Windows 8 boots up and runs without issue on the smaller size SSD

 

(2) OneKey Recovery still works on the SSD

 

 

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Re: Clone Lenovo Y400 Win 8 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD

2013-02-19, 17:40 PM

I dont have Win8 and uefi and secure boot can change the rules.

 

To clone an 1tb to an 256gb the  cloning software will copy all the partitions, most are small and and are no problem, the C: OS patition is your largest partition and will be automatically reduced in size to fit on the ssd, the OKR will not work when the C: partition size is changed.

 

I cloned my hdd to my 256gb ssd and since the okr no longer worked, i deleted all the unnecessary partitions and re-sized the c: partition to use the space.

 

John.

Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD
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Re: Clone Lenovo Y400 Win 8 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD

2013-02-19, 18:40 PM

Thank you, John, for your feedback.

 

You really can count yourself lucky if you've mastered your older lenovo laptop (most likely on Win 7) and have total control of it in terms of cloning the hard drive, restore/resetting the drive to its pristine OEM settings and OneKey Recovery (most likely version 7.0) worked for you all the while.

 

But that's the old world now. Win 8 on UEFI is a completely new ball game. What works in Win 7 on non-UEFI platform are most likely not even applicable in the new world of Win 8 on UEFI.

 

For people who thought they have successfully cloned their Win 8 on UEFI hard drive, try pressing your OneKey Recovery and go thru the recovery steps. You'll see that you can't move past the frustrating "Incorrect partition" error message...

 

I've been struggling with my new Lenovo Y400 for days without getting total control over it - Lenono has done a good job with tighening up their grip on the laptop we've bought and paid for.

 

Right now the Holy grail is the cloning of a Win 8, UEFI based Lenovo's  original OEM 1TB hard drive onto our very own smaller-capacity SSD and still retains the OneKey Recovery functionality.

 

I could just simply surrender and pay up to get a recovery disk set from Lenovo.

 

But no, I'm hanging on this hope that, if not now, sooner or later, the smart ones among us will figure it all out and give it on a plate to Lenovo...

 

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Re: Clone Lenovo Y400 Win 8 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD

2013-02-19, 19:11 PM

For the last few years, when i buy a new notebook, i remove and clone the original hdd before i ever turn the notebook on, then i use the cloned hdd or now an ssd, so i always have the original untouched hdd as a backup.

 

John.

Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD
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