03-19-2015 09:33 AM
I have the 2015 Carbon X1 and want to replace the existing 120GB SSD with the Samsung XP941 512GB.
Can someone walk me through, or provide a link to the process of installing the Windows 7 on the new SSD? I know that the SSD is compatible, and know how to swap the drives. Do I create a system recovery USB through Windows on the old SSD and boot from it with the new SSD installed, or do I need to clone the existing SSD to the new SSD. I currently have Windows 7 installed through downgrade rights in Windows 8.1. All I want to do is have a "fresh" / "factory installed" version of Windows 7 on the new SSD.
03-23-2015 09:01 AM
You have the right idea: with the original M.2 stick still in the machine, create a recovery USB drive. Then shutdown, swap the sticks, and boot the recovery USB drive you made; do a full re-install. This will result in a from-factory configuration, complete with recovery and hibernate partitions on your new blazing-fast M.2 SSD.
Note that it is very difficult to clone these PCIe-connected M.2 drives - you can't boot the originally installed drive as a USB drive, and you can't readily connect the PCIe M.2 SSD to a USB port. (I have heard of a device to mount the PCIe M.2 drive to a USB port, but have never seen one in the wild.) There are PCIe cards for desktop computers that can take the PCIe M.2 drives, so that's the alternate approach.
04-29-2015 12:39 AM
I have a 2014 refurb i just purchased with 128. I purchased a Samsung 850 Evo M.2. I created a recovery usb, replaced the original SSD, reboot to USB went thru the process but i get error cant find partition. Please help. I would like to do a fresh recovery on the Samsung M.2.