11-24-2019 04:29 PM
I recently decided to upgrade my hard drive on my Lenovo P500 Ideapad Model 20210, Manufacture Date: Apr. 2013.
Current hard drive is Seagate/Samsung Model: ST750LM022, HDD P/N HN-M750MBB/LCP
I removed the Seagate HDD fromt eh laptop and placed the following Kingston 240GB SSD in the same hardware slot:
Computer recognizes the new SSD in the BIOS and is able to boot up using an external hard drive via USB.
I get to the windows screen where it asked for the keyboard layout (US).
I then select 'Recover from a drive'
I then select 'Just remove my files' (have also tried the 'fully clean the drive' option with same results as below)
then select 'recover'
The Lenovo logo pops up on sceen and does some 'thinking' for about 5 seconds
Then a screen pops up that says 'There was a problem resetting your PC. No changes were made.'
I cannot figure out was is causing the PC to error during the windows installation. Everything I read online says that the SATA 3 SSD (6.0 Gb/s) should be compatible with the SATA-300 (SATA 2; 3 Gb/s) motherboard on the machine.
I did find these few other forum posts related to P500 SSD upgrades, but I could not make heads or tails of it.
Should I be giving up and returning the SSD, or is there something simple I am missing here?
11-24-2019 05:59 PM
Hello and welcome,
I'm not quite following this.... you have windows _installed_ on an external drive and you're trying to recover with that? If so, it's likely trying to reset itself. IIRC windows isn't happy running on an external drive anyway.
What version of windows is on your old HDD? What version is on the external drive? What version are you trying to install?
Are you trying to essentially clone your old drive, or are you trying to do a clean install?
If you are OK with essentially setting your SSD to the state the HDD was from the factory, put the HDD back in, make recovery media, put the SSD in, boot the recovery media, and off you go...
Sorry if these questions - and the suggestion - are poorly aimed. As I said, I don't quite understand your setup or intent.
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11-24-2019 06:52 PM
Thanks for the quick response and sorry if my situation was hard to follow.
The old Seagate HDD has Windows 8 installed. I created a 'recovery drive' on a separate external HD even before I did any of the hard drive swapping. This 'third' HD is what I was using to try to re-boot the computer (via USB) and re-install windows 8 on the new SSD inside the laptop.
I was going for a clean install as opposed to a clone, but it is hanging up during the install process.
Maybe the 'recovery drive' that I created is corrupted or something?