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X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-18, 17:48 PM

Hi,

 

I just got a brand new thinkpad X240, with 500G HD, Win8. I installed a Win7 on this new SSD, then replaced original 500G HD in X240 with this new SSD. However, after I replaced, computer cannot boot , it got stuck with BOOT MENU section, no matter you choose any options..In the Boot Menu, I saw boot devices: one is my new SSD. I click it, it does not work. I tried several times. (PC can recognize my SSD, just dont know why it cannot read it.) 

I am sure this SSD is working, since I tested on different computers, they can boot sucessfully. 

 

I contacted Lenovo Support they said this is software issue they will not take care of it. I am not sure what the sofeware issue is. 

 

Does anyone know it or have some suggestions?  Your help will be highly appreciated. 

 

Thanks,

 

 

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 0:49 AM

Welcome to the forum!

 

Two questions here:

 

a) How did you install W7 on that SSD?

 

b) What SSD are we discussing to begin with?

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 1:52 AM

Hi ajkula66,

 

Thanks for your reply. Per your questions:

1: I put this new SSD in my desktop, from that desktop, I can installed Windows 7 Pro on this new SSD. It's easy to install Windows 7 through this way on a new SSD. And this new SSD works very well on my desktop. (I think you may know that on this X240, we cannot install Windows 7 through USB 3.0. I did some search on line before I replace HD. This is the reason I put it on my desktop to install Windows 7.)

 

 

2: my X240 is using 500G tradiitonal HD. For this new SSD, it is San Disk Extreme II 240 G. 

 

Do you have any ideas about my issue? I have feeling that some settings need to change, but not sure.  

 

Thank you for your reply again. Hope you can give me suggestions or ideas, solution will be highly appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

 

 

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 3:39 AM

1.) You need to turn off Secure Boot (under Security) in the BIOS

 

2.) You need to switch from UEFI mode to Legacy mode somewhere in BIOS as well (I think it is under Boot or something)

 

I am not sure if you can just hot-swap Windows 7 between computers with different hardware, but if it works then good for you.

 

Let us know if this doesn't work

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 6:27 AM

I am not sure if you can just hot-swap Windows 7 between computers with different hardware


Generally not.

 

Windows 7 installations are not generic. The installer sets up the drivers and configuration based on the hardware of the installing machine.  If you were able boot the SSD from a different computer, you were simply lucky because the hardware was similar enough. Don't expect an installation from a desktop to boot on a laptop.

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 18:08 PM

The drive that is to be used in a ThinkPad must have the OS installed on a ThinkPad. Different geometry.

 

Wipe and re-install.

 

Good luck. 

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-19, 19:35 PM

Hi ajkula66,

 

Thank you so much for you suggestion. After changed setting on BIOS you mentioned earlier, it works. I am so happy. Thank you so much. Really appreciate your help. Have a good weekend.

 

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-23, 21:07 PM

hello qa-think!

are u happy with the x240 ? i was wondering about the quality of the built & also i wanted to know if it's a noisy laptop!

thank u!

 

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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-24, 3:15 AM
Hi waterincan,

Yes, X240 is really a good one. I enjoyed. It's not noisy. But you know all of computers have some noisy. It's ok for me. If you also want to get one, I suggest you not to replace hard drive. The whole process was really tough. It took me 2-3 days to fix all of issues.
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Re: X240 replaced SSD then cannot boot

2014-01-24, 4:30 AM

wrote:

I suggest you not to replace hard drive. The whole process was really tough. It took me 2-3 days to fix all of issues.

Are you saying that the end result wasn't worthwhile? I replaced hard drives with SSD's on several computers and it boosted performance dramatically in every case.

 

Replacing the hard drive is normally an easy clone. You did it in a very unorthodox way and it isn't surprising that you had a lot of issues.

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