08-10-2016 09:48 PM
I have researched for few hours, and i think i have the following steps correct. But i want to check with the experts here, before going ahead with the plan. System is a T410 with Windows 7 64-bit. Never did a driver or BIOS update, so they are as it was shipped in 2010. I have a SSD, that i want to transfer the system into, and get rid of the old HDD that came with this laptop. Here are the steps i have in mind, to make this T410 perform better. The new SSD is a 120GB Samsung EVO 850 and currently 119GB of HDD space is used (45GB of that being backups generated by Lenovo R&R).
Thanks in advance for all replies and suggestions.
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08-11-2016 10:25 AM
Never did a driver or BIOS update, so they are as it was shipped in 2010.
I would do this first, i.e. BIOS, Lenovo System Update, Windows Update before transferring to SSD. There may well have been updates in the past 6 years that affect SSDs. Then repeat LSU and WU until they stop finding new updates. Then run the system for a few days to confirm that there are no issues introduced by these updates. And if you can, make a full disk backup to an external drive just in case something goes wrong below.
I have a SSD, that i want to transfer the system into, and get rid of the old HDD that came with this laptop. Here are the steps i have in mind...
The best way to do this is to put the existing HDD in an external USB enclosure and install the new SSD inside the T410. Then temporarily boot from the HDD. Run Macrium from there, telling it to clone the HDD onto the SSD. This will transfer the partitions and initialize them properly. When that's done, boot normally, i.e. from the SSD.
I have been told that T410 only supports SATA - ii speed and not capable of SATA -iii. But i will try a upgrade of all drivers and BIOS, after i verify that the SSD is functioning properly like the old HDD.
SATA-III drives will work fine in SATA-II systsems. While it's true that SATA-II will be slower, you won't be able to perceive it without a stopwatch. But the speed improvement going from a HDD to any speed SSD will become very apparent. In addition, consider a RAM upgrade to 8GB if you've got less than that now.
08-11-2016 12:30 PM
Thanks for the tips. I am planning to do the driver/BIOS updates, after SSD got into place. Only AHCI is essential driver for SSD operation, and that is in place currently. This way, i would have the current HDD intact, without any modifications and i can always fall back to this, in case the SSD gives me trouble. I was able to find another thread at tomshardware.com that talks about "Steps needed to clone hard drive" and have got a confidence to go ahead with those steps now. Will report back here (if i remember, and this is done within next few days).
08-21-2016 05:09 PM - edited 08-21-2016 05:12 PM
I have acceted yours as solution. Wanted to complete this thread by posting my successful move to SSD in this T410.
The only trouble is that i am not seeing good enough performance from the Samsung EVO 850 SSD (in 4k random test of CrystalDiskMark). T410 was bought in 2010, and is not reaching upto the SATA-II levels that i would expect it to deliver. This SSD is SATA-III, so i can use it in my next machine that will be a hardware upgrade. I have posted my performance numbers in another thread.