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Windows 7 Clean Install on SSD

2009-11-30, 7:16 AM

I have an X60 Tablet and a W700ds both with Lenovo OEM Samsung SSDs installed.  I'd like to install WIndows 7 64 on the W700 and WIndows 7 32 on the X60 Tablet.  I have read a bit about SSDs needing to be formatted and the OS needing to be installed a certain way to avoid problems later.  Is there a guide or can you write a reply with the steps needed to clean install on both of these machines.  I'd also like to get as much of the EE I can on the X60, but definitely want to get the entire EE with the W700 I paid so dearly for.  The WIndows 7 64 Ultimate disc is coming from Lenovo so perhaps it's already optimized for EE?


Please direct me to a guide, or post one here.  My capabilities as a computer user are high for someone that is NOT in a computer industry so I am not afraid to do things that may be considered risky for someone computer illiterate.


Since I only have Vista on the hidden R&R partition, I plan to eliminate that and just use Acronis since I already own it.  Too bad I can't get restore discs with the Windows 7 preload for both machines.


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Re: Windows 7 Clean Install on SSD

2009-11-30, 21:22 PM

Hi, I'm afraid I can't give a guide. However, I did this upgrade on a T400s with an SSD, and it did not go smooth for me. What happened was I chose the custom option but did not format the drive. After a while it failed giving me a message it could not find all required files. Then I started again, the SSD was then full and the wizard told me I had to format. I did and it installed a generic Win7 with no Thinkpad drivers. I then pulled the Thinkvantage Toolbox from the 2nd CD and eventually I managed to most of the drivers through that program. Some were still  missing (notably the Express Card and the Ericsson Mobile Broadband adapter which I got manually when I finally understood which ones were missing). I'd recommend downloading as many drivers as possible from the website in advance. Good luck!

Cheers, Thorbjorn

T400s | 2808-CYG | SSD | 4GB RAM | Windows7 Prof. 32bit

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Re: Windows 7 Clean Install on SSD

2009-12-06, 20:28 PM

Win 7 figures out that it is going on an SSD. First thing, note that Lenoveo has firmware updates for its Samsung SSDs. I installed to a new SSD, so I had to format. I suggest doing the custom install and format the drive.  Backup everything first of course.

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