11-05-2016 10:38 PM
So I bought this Ideadpad 700 (with internal 1 TB HDD and 256 SSD) about two months ago. The Windows 10 was installed on the SSD and booted up very fast. Each restart took 10 seconds even after I installed all the software I needed. I was very happy about this. But the machine had annoyingly frequent random crashes, and I had to send it to Lenovo for repair *twice* to get it fixed.
Long story short, now the machine doesn't crash any more, but the Windows 10 is installed on the HDD insead of the SSD. Seems Lenovo found the original SSD had issues so replaced it with a new one, and somehow forgot to or decided not to install the OS on the SSD. Now each restart takes more than 1 minute, even before I install any software I need. This is painfully slow compared to when the OS was installed on the SSD.
I chatted with Lenovo support online, but seems they don't want to take the machine back again to fix it. I'm thinking to move the OS from the HDD to the SSD by myself. Has anybody done something similar before? What should I pay attention to? Will I void the warranty by doing that? Thanks.
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11-07-2016 09:02 AM
Hi xudh2003 ,
Would there be any files currently on the SSD?
As the OEM image is on the HHD , you can install another image on the SSD as soon as you backed up your drive. It should not invalidate any warranty agreement since you are still keeping the Original partition on the same HDD.
It would also be advise to create your recovery image that you can also use to install Windows 10 on the SSD making it a dual booting windows 10 laptop. You can also verify this option with technical support either by calling or thru live chat so that it can also be updated on your account record for furture reference.
Update us how it goes best for you.
11-07-2016 05:48 PM
Thanks spidey101 for the reply.
When the machine came back from the second repair, the SSD was actually not mounted. File explorer could only see an HDD. Then I used Disk Management tool to discover the SSD and mounted it. Nothing was on the SSD.
Specifically, how do I install another OS image on the SSD? The laptop doesn't come with a DVD driver or anything. Is there some mechanism to clone the OS image on the HDD to the SSD?
It is not ideal to have a dual-boot system where both OSes are Windows 10. But if that's the easiest way to boot from SSD, then yeah I can accept it.
11-08-2016 06:21 AM
Hi xudh2003 ,
Our action plan for a dual boot would just be a safekeep (test stage) as it is better to keep the HDD unchanged with any partition since it hold the OKR factory reimager on it.
Once you create your Windows installer on a USB stick (32bit), we can boot from it and install it on the SSD (confirming that the installer works fine even for future use) . If everything is successfull then you can decide the next step to proceed.
You may review the highlighted link for the steps.
11-09-2016 12:10 AM
Hi spidey101 ,
This didn't work as I expected. I followed the instructions in the link you gave to create a recovery USB key. Then I tried booting from the USB key and resetting the system. But it didn't ask me which disk I'd like to have the OS installed, and in the end still installed it on the HDD, instead of the SSD I was hoping for. I googled around a bit and couldn't find more information how to specify a destination disk when recovering the system. Any ideas?
11-09-2016 09:59 AM
Hi xudh2003 ,
I was thinking of default setting set on the created image.
Would the SSD show up in BIOS?
Similar article expected process here.
Try to review the option for clean installation and update us how it works best for you.
11-10-2016 02:02 AM
Thanks spidey101. Things work out beautifully. I used the Media Creation Tool to create an installation USB key, then booted from it, and the installation asked which disk and which partition I wanted to install the OS on. I chose the SSD. The UI only showed Disk0, Disk1 etc. without showing what kind of disks they were, but I was able to tell one of them was the SSD because of its size. Then things installed much faster than when I installed things on the HDD. Then when I reboot the machine it boots from SSD now. I'm installing a bunch of other software now.
Last time the OS was installed on SSD, the machine froze and crashed randomly. So I will give it a couple of more days to see what happens. But this discussion has been very helpful. Thank you again.
11-10-2016 05:06 AM
Hi xudh2003 ,
Good to know that things works fine as we planned.
Clean installed system does give you a fresh start without any bloatwares that came with an OEM image.
Please don't hesitate to visit our community at anytime.
Best luck to all your endeavors.
11-10-2016 07:47 AM
You might want to look at AOMEI Backupper Standard. If free tool with the ability to create a bootable CD/DVD to restore any backup image you created for recovery etc. You can manage these images on any device (should always be External!!). Verification of the image is selectable.
A recovery of an image can be restored to any drive SSD or HD.
I have been using it for over a year now and tested restores on a older desktop a number of times. This replaced the Trueimage utiltiy which became too costly to continue with. I have 4 systems and create images from them all in the event of HD failure or major unrepairable malware etc.