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W500 HDD upgrade

2009-01-17, 14:13 PM

 

Hi, there.  Is there any step by step guide to upgrade the HDD
(160G->320GB Hitachi 7k320) only using the ThinkVantage (RnR)
software and the system&application backup file I made with RnR? 
I did this easily with my T41 laptop but in W500 there seems
to be other complications. 
 
Here is how I did it so far:
1. Make a system backup to a USB HDD.
2. Insert an unformatted new 320GB HDD to W500.
3. Press ThinkVantage button at start up.
4. Run the "Full Restore" with the USB HDD back up file.
(This is completed without any warning or error.)
5. As I reboot the system, I got PCI-related error messages.

When I connected the 320GB HDD to my desktop SATA port,
I noticed that the service partition size
seen in the XP Disk Management is only 690MB which is
about 1/10 of the original size in 160GB HDD.
Other than this all the system & application files & folders are
all copied pretty well to "C:\" NTFS partition and I could see "MiniNT"
and another folder in the service partition.

Do I need to start from a recovery media created in windows?
Can it be used to restore my system & application backed up with RnR
not the factory default?

Do I need to tweak something special about the Turbo drive?

I could see Icepick's recommendations in this thread.
http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=W_ThinkPads&message.id=953&query.id=14731#M953
And I can feel the detailed straightforward solution for me is not far away.
Thanks a bunch in advance. :smileyhappy:

 

 

Message Edited by Peter14850 on 01-17-2009 09:50 AM
Message Edited by Peter14850 on 01-17-2009 12:27 PM
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Re: W500 HDD upgrade

2009-01-17, 18:29 PM

Ok.  Problem solved. (summary at the end.) :smileyvery-happy:

By booting from the "Rescue and Recovery Start Up Disc"
(DVD version) created with the ThinkVantage program
"Create Recovery Media" in Win XP OS, I could see many
more recovery options than when I was using just
the ThinkVantage button at the start up of the machine
(flash memory version), meaning its an advanced version.
That's it.

Since I backed up the OS and applications in external
USB HDD yesterday I didn't use the "Product Recovery
Discs 1 & 2" even though I created them just in case.

The full system and applicaion recovery went very smoothly
and there was no need to reactivate MS XP.

PS.  Still the service partition size is only 694MB.  
Not too bad since I can use more space in C partition.
(What if the future version of ThinkVantage service
utility grows out of this space? There should be
a workaround by then.)

 

====

 

Below is a summary of my HDD upgrade procedure.

 

1. Using Start>All Programs>ThinkVantage>Rescue and Recovery,
make a complete system backup to an external USB HDD.

2. Using Start>All Programs>ThinkVantage>Create Recovery Media,
make Rescue and Recovery Start-up Disc.  Product Recovery Discs
(for factory initialization) are not needed here.

3. Connect the new HDD to a SATA port in your desktop and
format with NTFS. (I am not 100% sure if preformatting is required
but might be useful at least to test integrity of the new HDD.)

4. Turn off the power and remove power cable and battery from W500.

5. Take out the old HDD from W500 and insert the formatted new HDD.

6. Reconnect power cable and battery to W500.

7. Insert the Start-up disc made in step 2 to the DVD drive and
reconnect the external USB HDD to a USB port of W500.

8. Boot from the Start-up disc.

9. Go to the advanced menu and choose "restore your system".

10. In the subsequent steps you can choose to restore your
entire hard drive, deleting all the new changes and new account
information since your last back up because you just backed up
everything.

11. When the restoration is done, remove the Start-up disc and
reboot to your new HDD.  You may have to reboot once again
after the new hard drive is detected by the OS.  But after that
you could not tell any difference from your old HDD
except for the increased disc space and speed. :smileyhappy:
 

Message Edited by Peter14850 on 01-17-2009 01:21 PM
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Re: W500 HDD upgrade

2009-01-17, 18:29 PM

Ok.  Problem solved. (summary at the end.) :smileyvery-happy:

By booting from the "Rescue and Recovery Start Up Disc"
(DVD version) created with the ThinkVantage program
"Create Recovery Media" in Win XP OS, I could see many
more recovery options than when I was using just
the ThinkVantage button at the start up of the machine
(flash memory version), meaning its an advanced version.
That's it.

Since I backed up the OS and applications in external
USB HDD yesterday I didn't use the "Product Recovery
Discs 1 & 2" even though I created them just in case.

The full system and applicaion recovery went very smoothly
and there was no need to reactivate MS XP.

PS.  Still the service partition size is only 694MB.  
Not too bad since I can use more space in C partition.
(What if the future version of ThinkVantage service
utility grows out of this space? There should be
a workaround by then.)

 

====

 

Below is a summary of my HDD upgrade procedure.

 

1. Using Start>All Programs>ThinkVantage>Rescue and Recovery,
make a complete system backup to an external USB HDD.

2. Using Start>All Programs>ThinkVantage>Create Recovery Media,
make Rescue and Recovery Start-up Disc.  Product Recovery Discs
(for factory initialization) are not needed here.

3. Connect the new HDD to a SATA port in your desktop and
format with NTFS. (I am not 100% sure if preformatting is required
but might be useful at least to test integrity of the new HDD.)

4. Turn off the power and remove power cable and battery from W500.

5. Take out the old HDD from W500 and insert the formatted new HDD.

6. Reconnect power cable and battery to W500.

7. Insert the Start-up disc made in step 2 to the DVD drive and
reconnect the external USB HDD to a USB port of W500.

8. Boot from the Start-up disc.

9. Go to the advanced menu and choose "restore your system".

10. In the subsequent steps you can choose to restore your
entire hard drive, deleting all the new changes and new account
information since your last back up because you just backed up
everything.

11. When the restoration is done, remove the Start-up disc and
reboot to your new HDD.  You may have to reboot once again
after the new hard drive is detected by the OS.  But after that
you could not tell any difference from your old HDD
except for the increased disc space and speed. :smileyhappy:
 

Message Edited by Peter14850 on 01-17-2009 01:21 PM

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