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R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2009-07-22, 7:01 AM

Folks,

 

I'm ocurrently runinng an R61i with vista Business and a 160gb HDD. The HD is proving to be too small for my needs, and I am looking to replace it with a 320gb HDD. Done a lot of searching on here and have a lot of information already, but a couple of questions remain:

 

  1. Are there any disks that are particularly more suite (or less suited, for that matter) to this machine?
  2. I see many of you have upgraded disks by cloning your existing HDDs onto the new HDDs, but is there any other way of initialising the new disk (running a clean install from recovery CDs perhaps)?
  3. When cloning a 160gb HDD to a 320gb one, are you then able to reformat the 320gb disk to one active partition (so that you effectively have the smaller recovery partition plus one large operational partition)?

 

 

 

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2009-07-22, 14:26 PM

1. If the OS you got is OEM, you should burn yourself a set of recovery media under start, program, thinkvantage, create recovery media.

 

Any sata hdd in 2.5 inch format and 9.5 mm thickness is okay. The largest currently available is 500 gig.

 

2. Using the recovery media that you have created, this will reformat your newly installed hdd and install the recovery partition, active OS and load the necessary drivers, basically it is like getting the laptop from Lenovo and switching it on for the first time.

 

3.  The recovery media can do what you are asking too, it will create recovery partition like in the old drive you upgraded from, and the remaining space is used for the active partition. Use the Easeus disk copy software (a free download) if you want to directly clone the hdd.

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2009-07-22, 14:26 PM

1. If the OS you got is OEM, you should burn yourself a set of recovery media under start, program, thinkvantage, create recovery media.

 

Any sata hdd in 2.5 inch format and 9.5 mm thickness is okay. The largest currently available is 500 gig.

 

2. Using the recovery media that you have created, this will reformat your newly installed hdd and install the recovery partition, active OS and load the necessary drivers, basically it is like getting the laptop from Lenovo and switching it on for the first time.

 

3.  The recovery media can do what you are asking too, it will create recovery partition like in the old drive you upgraded from, and the remaining space is used for the active partition. Use the Easeus disk copy software (a free download) if you want to directly clone the hdd.

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Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2009-07-23, 6:12 AM
Thanks, lead_org. Will try this out once the HDD arrives.
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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2010-05-15, 15:03 PM

Hi there,

I am in need of some information related to this topic because I have to go and get a hard drive today.

My warranty lookup on www.lenovo.com (automatically, by pulling the serial off my laptop) says I have warranty coverage until 6/25/2011.  The local "authorized repair location" told me 6/25/2010, so I will have to check that.  I know this because they recently had to replace my monitor, keyboard and touchpad.  I told them about problems with the hard drive and they said they could warranty replace it but I had work to do.  I still have work to do and actually have a deadline I must meet by Monday and my hard drive sounds a lot like what you'd expect a blender to sound like if you threw in a bunch of nuts and bolts.

 

Anyway, I'm going to get a new hard drive from CompUSA this morning and I was hoping to get a nice faster and larger one since I'm spending my own money for it.  I did some investigating and with an application called SIW (System Information for Windows) I found that my hard drive in the laptop is a WDC WD1600BEVS-22UST0.  I don't think that's what came in there but the company I work for (who I bought the laptop from and now own and am now responsible for upkeep on...) more than likely pulled the drive and put in a blank replacement with a re-installed of the default OS.  If there's no kinks in my research so far, then I have a 160 gig / 5400 rpm / Serial ATA.  I want to move up to a drive that's 500gb or 300gb or 250gb, and I want it to run at 7200 rpm. 

 

The reason I'm posting a reply is that on one of the product manuals I read that the ThinkPad r61 works with 60,80,100,120 and 160gb drives.  Then I found another product guide that listed 60-250gb for 5400 drives and 60-200gb for 7200 drives.  Is there any way I can know today whether this ThinkPad r61 can work with a 250,300 or 500gb 7200 drive?  If I knew it would support it I would go ahead and get the biggest / fastest one available.

 

Any help with this would be much appreciated.  I'm posting here and 1 or 2 other places in hope for the most information possible and hopefully faster as well as I need to be working on my project and I need the laptop to do it. 

 

Thanks for any replies.

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2010-05-15, 15:17 PM

magnifan, welcome to the forum,

 

2.5" width, S-ATA connection and 9.5mm height are the important features you need to keep in mind. The rest is irrelevant, capacity etc.

 

As far as the warranty is concerned, I'd believe the Lenovo website, this is the database which Lenovo service uses.

 

Happy shopping :smileyhappy:

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2010-05-15, 16:15 PM

Thanks... 

I will pick out my drive now. 

I may put the problem back in and take it back to Digitz, Inc. once I've finished with this project and see what they say about the hard drive and the warranty.  (I think they'll have to replace the monitor again.  The new one they installed has 14 dead pixels already.  It was giving me a black bar at the bottom from time to time since they put in in 2 weeks ago...)

Or then again I might just get them to fix the monitor and go on with my business... I can't give it to them for too long.

 

Thanks again. 

I'll check out the rest of the forums as soon as I can.

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2010-11-05, 20:49 PM

This sounds like the solution to my situation as well- going from a 120 to a 250. One question: after doing the factory recovery and restore, will it then be possible to use a Windows XP setup disk to do a clean install? I know I will have to add the drivers manually, this is not a problem. But I would like to make full use of the drive without a lot of the default factory loaded utilities and wondered if the setup CD will see the drive - (it presently does not) and allow me to repartition and install as I prefer. Thanks

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2010-11-05, 21:25 PM
if you want to do a win xp clean install just change the hdd mode from ACHI to Compatibility in the bios menu.
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2010-11-05, 21:42 PM

Success! I cannot thank you enough. if you have another moment- are their disadvantages to operating in comaptibiltiy vs. ACHI?

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Re: R61 Hard Drive Upgrade - How best to do?

2010-11-06, 0:27 AM

compatibility mode is slightly slower in data transfer speed than achi mode... there are no disadvantages as such, other than the speed.

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