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saraaa
Blue Screen Again
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Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Hi,

 

I bought my Lenovo Z70-80 a few years ago and I have really loved using it. However, for the past year or so my laptop has been extremely slow and it lags alot. I made some research and figured that upgrading to a SSD and clean installing win10 should pretty much solve my problems.

 

My experience with installing operating systems, let alone replacing a hard drive, is nonexistent. I'm sure I can do it myself but I'd need step-by-step instructions to it. Can anyone help me with this? Smiley Happy

 

There's specially one thing that puzzles me: My laptop has two hard disks. One of them is 888Gt and has Windows 10 installed to it. Then there's this mysterious hard drive called LENOVO which is only 24,9Gt and has a couple of folders in it ("Drivers" and "Applications"). What is the point of the smaller hard drive and how should I take it into account when upgrading to SSD?

sclexman
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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

You have one physical drive, 1TB.  

It has two partitions, the C drive (888GB) and the D drive(24.9GB).

The D drive(Lenovo) in the apps folder you described has copies of your drivers should you need them.

 

saraaa
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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Right, that's what I thought. Thanks!

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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Hi saraaa,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

In addition, before starting anything make sure that you back up your personal data and even the D folders with the applications and drivers on a separate storage like a USB or any external storage.

 

Second step, is creating your recovery media.

Two methods: Method One (within Windows) / Method Two (Download ISO file)

 

Upgrading your storage to a SATA SSD would be following the steps here in the hardware manual (page 37). After removing the battery and compartment cover, the HDD would be accessible for replacement.

 

Then you can proceed with a clean Windows 10 installation and drivers from the previous D folder you saved or from the driver support website

 

There are also videos online that can also be helpful as supplement for the link provided here and likewise you have our community to check back with.

 

Regards



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saraaa
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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Which SSD would be the most suitable for my computer? What do you recommend?

I'm looking for something quite high performance.

 

Thanks for helping!

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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Hi saraaa,

 

Greetings.

 

It would be hard to pick one as most SATA SSD works just fine.

You may reference different brand providers and reviews for benchmarks. Take note of the warranty and return option among your choice along with the costing and availability.

 

Regards



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Re: Z70-80 SSD upgrade and Win10 clean install

Just want to say I went through exactly this operation. Bought a 512 GB SSD for my Z70-80 and it was WAY easier than I thought it would be:

  • Use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 installation DVD.
  • Shut the laptop down, replace the HDD with the SSD.
  • Power the laptop back up, install Windows 10 from the DVD.

Maybe a good idea to buy a 2.5" USB HDD enclosure so you can use the old HDD as an external drive Smiley Wink

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