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Lenovo Recovery, Win 7, EVO 860 installation question - T530

2018-12-13, 16:29 PM

My mom has a T530 that just had the hard drive fail.  So it seems.  The hard drive is a 320GB Toshiba MQ01ABF032.  When trying to boot, it goes to the splash screen, then black screen and hangs.  I connected the drive to a USB cable and could see the contents of the drive so I bought a Samsung EVO 500GB SSD and figured I'd clone it.  About half through cloning, it crashes, apparently can't read a sector.  I figured I can clone the recovery partition and copy whatever I can later.  I didn't try to repair the disk because I was afraid of losing the data before copying important files. I cloned the recovery partition only but not the windows partition, as I can't.  I tried to boot off the new drive but it wouldn't.  Forgive me if I'm naive, but to boot and reinstall,  I suppose I'll need a windows partition too? If that's the case, can I clone the recovery partition from this computer along with the windows partition from my T430? Can anyone give me the steps to get this new drive running?  Thanks. 


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Re: Lenovo Recovery, Win 7, EVO 860 installation question - T530

2018-12-13, 17:28 PM

Hello and welcome,


Since you have a similar machine, it might be easiest to create recovery media (if you haven't already...) on your laptop and use that to install to the new SSD in your mom's laptop. Then you can copy over the data from the failing drive.


How recovery media is created varies depending on the OS on your machine - but there should be tools in place to do that.  Much easier than trying to salvage the recovery partition from a  failing drive - if that's even possible.



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