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Thinkpad T530 Hard Drive Cloning

2012-08-16, 13:54 PM

Hello,

 

I'm looking for best practices, recommendations, lessons learned, etc. for copying the hard drive contents of one T530 to nine other identical T530s recently purchased for software engineering usage.  A current snap shot of our old laptops shows that  we have 214 programs loaded (majority of these programs are not pre-loaded from Lenova), so I'm looking for the most efficient and painless way of getting all the laptops loaded with an identical image.  In the past we have used Norton Ghost but encountered issues with using legacy IBM Thinkpad laptops.  Does the built-in Rescue and Recovery handle this process?  Is a 3rd party product (such as Norton Ghost) recommended?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

 

T530 Laptop specs:

 

Processor

 

Intel Core i7-3720QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)

 

Operating system

 

Genuine Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)

 

Operating system language

 

Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 - English

 

Windows XP Mode

 

Windows 7 XP Mode - English

 

Display type

 

15.6" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready

 

System graphics

 

NVIDIA NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology, 1GB DDR3 Memory

 

Total memory

 

4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (1 DIMM)

 

Keyboard

 

Keyboard Backlit - US English

 

Pointing device

 

UltraNav with Fingerprint Reader

 

Camera

 

720p HD Camera with Microphone

 

Hard drive

 

500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm

 

Micro hard drive (mSATA)

 

16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive

 

Optical device

 

DVD Recordable

 

System expansion slots

 

Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader

 

Battery

 

9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++

 

Power cord

 

135W AC Adapter - US (2pin)

 

Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters

 

Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN

 

Integrated mobile broadband

 

Mobile Broadband upgradable

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Re: Thinkpad T530 Hard Drive Cloning

2012-08-16, 14:04 PM
TrueImage by Acronis
T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bit
Z70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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Re: Thinkpad T530 Hard Drive Cloning

2012-08-16, 14:11 PM

+1 for Acronis.  You _can_ also do this with Rescue and Recovery, but it's quite a bit slower in my experience.

 

Pull a full drive image onto bootable media, then restore to the other drives when they are installed in the target machines.

 

[edit] Or boot Acronis stand-alone on each machine and clone from the original drive in an external enclosure/adapter.  The options re resizing and preservation of volume ID (probably not what you want) are somewhat different when cloning vs restoring.

 

Historically, there have been cloning problems with ThinkPads when the target drive wasn't actually installed when it was written.  Something to do with the way BIOS addresses the drives.  This may not be a problem with newer machines, but ti's generally recommended.

 

Z.


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Acronis Home Image

2012-08-17, 6:40 AM

+1 on the Acronis Home image too, been using that for over 10+ years.

 

However, I am not so clear regardsing your source machine, is it also T530s? I presume not since you wrote T530, so if you clone the whole HDD and restore on the newer T530s, the windows operating system may not agree and it may fail authentication.

 

Would reinstalling the software ONCE on a new T530s, then clone this to the others work?


If not, then you can also consider the free VMWare Player which allows you to create a virtual computer, I use it on my software programming needs. You can create an image and this can be easily copied to the other T530s

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Re: Acronis Home Image

2012-08-17, 13:36 PM

ideasmiths,

 

Nice catch, but I think the OP's T530s is the plural of T530.  Maybe not, though.  I guess it can be read either way.

 

OP - clarify, please?

 

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Re: Acronis Home Image

2012-08-17, 21:45 PM

Thank you all for the speedy feedback.

 

Sorry for the confusion, all the laptops are indeed the T530 model with the specs listed above.

 

I will be giving Acronis a try in the next few weeks.

 

 

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Re: Acronis Home Image

2012-08-18, 3:20 AM
Use this !! It worked for me !! : http://lifehacker.com/5517688/how-to-upgrade-your-tiny-hard-drive-to-a-spacious-new-one-and-keep-your-data-intact
ThinkPad Twist S230U-
OS-Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
CPU-Intel Core i7 3517U @ 1.90GHz Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM-8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard-LENOVO 3347CTO (CPU Socket - U3E1)
Graphics-Wide viewing angle & High density FlexView Display 1366x768 (1366x768@60Hz) Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Lenovo)
Storage-298GB Seagate ST320LT007-9ZV142 (SATA) 22GB SanDisk SSD U100 24GB (SSD) 29GB SDHC Card (SCSI)
Audio-Realtek High Definition Audio
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