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setting up new harddisk

2009-10-06, 20:45 PM

I bought a Western Digital WD5000BEVT Scorpio Blue 500GB in order to replace my current 120 GB.

At this occassion I also want to upgrade to Windows 7. Is there any manual available of the necessary steps - how to format the new disk etc? Again - many thanks!



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Re: setting up new harddisk

2009-10-06, 22:03 PM

is this Win 7 aftermarket or an OEM disc supplied by Lenovo?


If it is aftermarket, then the installation is no much more difficult then the OEM recovery media, just select your optical-drive as your first bootup device, and the installation discs will work through the steps with you.


The main headache will be searching for the drivers and downloading them, which is not yet released. 


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Re: setting up new harddisk

2009-10-07, 0:09 AM

X200 users thoughts: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=79556


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Re: setting up new harddisk

2009-10-11, 3:41 AM

You need to patch up whatever argument with your tech friend that has prevented you from obtaining their usual  guidance and relegated you to this forum for such basic advice.


If you have questions at this stage, you frankly are in for a frustrating time and susceptible to critical events halting your project.


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Re: setting up new harddisk

2009-10-11, 14:00 PM

AGoodSolution wrote:

You need to patch up whatever argument with your tech friend that has prevented you from obtaining their usual  guidance and relegated you to this forum for such basic advice.


While desk-side training is good, not everyone has a tech friend, and they have to learn somewhere.  That's what we're here for.


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Re: setting up new harddisk

2009-10-11, 17:10 PM

These would be the basic step


1. Power off the machine

2. Remove the current hard disk and replace it with the new one

3. Insert Windows 7 in the DVD reader and power on

4. As the new hard disk is NOT bootable machine should automatically boot from CD instead

5. The Windows 7 installer will format the new disk during the install

6. Complete the Windows 7 install - you should have a basic working system including networking

7. Goto the Windows Beta site:  http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/WIN7-BETA.html

and download the relevant drivers for your machine. You may be helped by checking in the device manager to find missing drivers (yellow exclamation mark)

8. Goto the Intel web site and download the driver for integrated Graphics (assuming this is what you have), If you have switchable graphics drivers are on the Lenovo web site.

9. Done ...


As a further tip you may want to copy your files from the old disk to a USB stick or DVD before replacing it.



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