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Registered: ‎09-28-2013
Location: Croatia
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SSD, HDD caddy, reinstalling Windows 8.



Seeing it doesn't seem like Lenovo will dish out a GT755M ultrabay anytime soon ( ... ), and I don't really feel like getting a M.2 SSD even though I have the connector soldered onto my mainboard ( availability of those in Europe is barely zilch, and I'm not fond of ordering across the pond ), I've decided to grab a normal SSD and grab a HDD caddy with which I'll replace DVD/RW ( I use optical drive once per 2 months ), keep Windows on SSD and connected to mainboard at all times, while keeping files on HDD, allowing me to swap it out with a DVD/RW ( or a GT755M to play a graphically intensive game, if they ever get around of making those available for purchase, yet alone in Europe, hilarious.. ).




I'm probably purchasing following SSD :


And I'm probably purchasing following HDD caddy :


- I'm wondering whether y510p meets the industry standard so this caddy is applicable on it, and whether I can or can not mount the Lenovo outer casing on it ( same one which is mounted on the DVDRW drive ).


- How will I get around installing Win8 ? I heard that all Lenovos that come shipped with Win8 have a Windows CD key built inside BIOS, meaning I just need to grab a .ISO from Microsoft's site and go ahead and install it. Also, I'm running Windows 7 currently, will there be any things I'll need to change from within the BIOS ?




Thanks in advance for help.

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Re: SSD, HDD caddy, reinstalling Windows 8.

hi Knbai,


With the upgrade you have in mind, this is definitely doable. You may also want to take a look at the product below as it looks promising in using the stock HDD in the ODD bay.


Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p HDD Caddy


In transferring the stock OS to another drive , the ideal way is to clone/migrate it (i.e. via Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home free trial). If the destination drive is not big enough, you can also try to clean install using a Windows 8 ISO (activate windows by phone if necessary).


In addition, If you have installed Windows 7 in legacy mode, you don't need to change anything in the BIOS if you intend to install Windows 8 in legacy mode.




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