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T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

Question: T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

Hello gurus, I replaced the HD with Samsung 500GB SSD, and have been loving it. However, ever since I did that, I do not see the 2nd pre-installed 15GB SANDISK SSD Drive anymore in the explorer. Anyone know what I can do to make the second drive be recognizable by the computer? This is potentially a related problem but I also have trouble installing Windows 10, because it says it can't find a partition. Can I use the second SSD drive as the partition for the install?

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Preferred Solution: T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

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Answer: T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

This smaller SSD is designed to use software and be a cache drive. It wouldn't show in File Explorer. You can check Device Manager.

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I was just copying files right from my c drive (which contains 2 defunct windows folders that the pc doesnt use.. I had no clue what i was attempting to do years ago with this install.) onto my e drive which is the primary drive. i am going to reformat the c drive to install windows 7.

Now what happened is that i went to disconnect the one drive to make 100% certain the windows folders on c are not in use (im sure theyre not since they havent been modified in years) but ran into an error on bootup where the system couldnt find the file ntldr. I had to burn this fix from my laptop onto a dvd and then run that and it fixed it. What happened was that in the root c drive folder was the ntldr file (and a few others apparently) that i moved into a folder on my e drive in my attempts to preserve everything from the c drive for after i format it.. I moved all those little files back to the root c drive. I checked in the root e folder and those files arent there. I was expecting there to be copies of them at least.

I then copied those files from the c: root dir to the E: root dir. I then unplugged c and booted and i get the "error loading os" or "os not found" i forget the exact error message... This may have something to do with e: being a SATA drive and c: being an IDE drive however.

Anyway, for whatever reason, the pc will not recognize the e drive on the SATA as bootable. I read that if I boot from the xp cd and choose repair on the e drive, it may fix... Read more

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Hi guys (and gals)
Running Windows 7
I'm about to upgrade my 'C' drive (SSD) from a smaller SSD as it's too small and causing a few issues.
I'm going to fit it, unattach the current (small) drive, then install Win 7 as clean install to the new drive. I can then install the other various programs that I use, of course.
My question is, if I set the 'small' SSD to slave, can I then run the programs already installed on there? I suspect not!
If not, I would have to switch off PC, connect the older 'small' drive to use some of the programs until they are all re-installed on the new drive, I think. So, just wondering what my options are, really
Many thanks for any suggestions

Answer:Upgrading C drive - Can I use progs on 'old' drive until re-installed?

I think - I'm not 100% sure - that if you do a clean install of W7, then the operating system won't be able to 'see' the programs on the other drive, because there will be no entries in the fresh install's registry - which is what W7 relies on to run programs. If a program isn't in the registry, Windows can't execute it. Others may confirm (or not...)

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I've partitioned my hard drive due to not being able to load windows 10 over windows vista, so c: has vista and d: has windows 10. It wont let me merge the two together or delete C: saying the computer will be unbootable. Is there a way of making D: the main boot drive and deleting/merging C:?

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Hi there,
I just recently bought a new laptop, which has a SSD and a HDD. The plan was to install the OS and my main programs on the SSD, with everything else on the HDD. Things didn't seem to go to plan.

I'm not quite sure what's actually happened, but it seems like the OS has installed itself differently from how I was expecting, as the SSD seems to have two partitions, and my HDD has some/all of the OS installed on it.

Here's a screenshot of what my drives look like in Disk Management:

So I need to work out a way to make my SSD the main boot drive (as I'm assuming the setup above isn't really letting me get the most out of it), and make it so the entire OS is installed to it. Its probably worth noting that as its a laptop, I can't really open it up. Also, I think that for some reason the HDD is set as my primary drive (which might be why I'm having problems).

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Getting Windows installed on SSD, setting SSD as main(?) drive?

You need to disconnect the other drive when you are installing Windows on the SSD. Otherwise it may place the System files on the other drive.

Looking at your SS your system, the partitions and how Windows is installed, is all messed up. Disconnect the HDD and then Clean the SSD and reinstall Windows on it.

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Installed OS on new partition, deleted old Windows OS, now my main drive is E:

Any way of safely getting the drive letter of my main partition back to c:
 

Answer:Installed OS on new partition, deleted old Windows OS, now my main drive is E:

might have to reinstall/reformat i dont know if u can change the driver letter when its C.
 

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I have XP installed on my D drive (C drive when booting xp), Which was what I use to use.
I have vista installed as well.

What I want to do is format the XP drive to use as a data drive and boot up using the vista drive.

If i take the xp drive out, I get 'error loading os'

I tried something called vistabootpro and set it up correctly, Went into bios, Set the boot drive, Booted up and got Error loading OS.

What can I do to set my vista drive up to boot up, So I can use the XP drive as a data drive?
 

Answer:Vista as main boot drive with XP installed as primary OS

Uhmmm... so you want to get rid of XP completely or... ? Because it sounds to me like you:

a) want to keep XP and just use the space left on the partition for data storage for Vista when it's running, or...

b) you want to have Vista on the machine alone with the second partition used for data...

So which is it?

b) is easy; put in the Vista DVD, wipe the partitions, create a new partition for Vista and a second partition for data, install Vista, format the second partition after Vista is installed, simple.

If it's a) it's a bit more complicated...
 

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I have no idea what these files are or how they got on my c drive. but they have been here for a long time and im finally asking for help. I have a Raid 0 setup. I think? I bought this computer from a friend and installed windows 7 ultimate myself. I would be happy to give any info to anyone willing to help me. Im not a computer pro, But Im no computer dunce either. Thank you for your time.

Answer:Installed files in main folder c: Drive I do not understand Pics

Welcome to Windows Seven Forum.

You say you installed Windows 7 yourself.

Can I ask how and where you acquired it?

Was it a clean install or an upgrade?

You may want to carry out a full virus scan, for which Malwarebytes is very good.

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Getting a SSD soon to install Windows 8.1.1, so I figured I'd try this out on bare metal before I replace the drive as my main. I tried an earlier build in a VM and thought it was alright, but I can't really test it in a thorough way through a VM. I've been using it for several hours.

So far it seems smooth. No major problems so far. I've restarted it twice and no hiccups. Start menu works okay, but it's still a bit weird with all the apps in the All Apps section. I don't use the apps much at all. The only one I could say I use regularly in 8 would be the sports app. The "Metro" search seems broken, though. I tried searching for, "defrag", so the Defrag and Optimize Drives option would pop up. It did pop up, but wouldn't work when I clicked on it a few times. I tried searching for it in the search bar by the start menu and it worked like a charm.

I use IE11 as my main browser in 8.1. IE has a stigma attached to it, but I find that it's the fastest browser and it works just fine for my needs. It works great in 10 too. Only had one problem with it. It crashed as I was in the middle of typing this out. Happened only once so far, luckily.

I downloaded and installed the latest Nvidia drivers. It went without a hitch. The Nvidia control panel works fine, even after restarting, but when I first tried it, it took forever to pop up. It only popped up after I activated it when I clicked on Task Manager. Not sure if that's a coincidence or what, but it works fine ... Read more

Answer:Installed Windows 10 build 10041 to main drive. First impressions...

Chrono said:

Getting a SSD soon to install Windows 8.1.1, so I figured I'd try this out on bare metal before I replace the drive as my main. I tried an earlier build in a VM and thought it was alright, but I can't really test it in a thorough way through a VM. I've been using it for several hours.

So far it seems smooth. No major problems so far. I've restarted it twice and no hiccups. Start menu works okay, but it's still a bit weird with all the apps in the All Apps section. I don't use the apps much at all. The only one I could say I use regularly in 8 would be the sports app. The "Metro" search seems broken, though. I tried searching for, "defrag", so the Defrag and Optimize Drives option would pop up. It did pop up, but wouldn't work when I clicked on it a few times. I tried searching for it in the search bar by the start menu and it worked like a charm.

I use IE11 as my main browser in 8.1. IE has a stigma attached to it, but I find that it's the fastest browser and it works just fine for my needs. It works great in 10 too. Only had one problem with it. It crashed as I was in the middle of typing this out. Happened only once so far, luckily.

I downloaded and installed the latest Nvidia drivers. It went without a hitch. The Nvidia control panel works fine, even after restarting, but when I first tried it, it took forever to pop up. It only popped up after I activated it when I clicked on Task Manager. Not sure if that's a coincidence or... Read more

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Service Pack 3. My original Western Digital Drive was dying. This drive was the boot drive and listed first in "setup" (after hitting F2) There was also a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive already installed which I used for data storage -- not bootable. It was listed 2nd in "setup".

Ultimately the WD Drive wouldn't boot. I cleared the 300GB Maxtor and did a clean install Win XP from manuf. disks WITHOUT removing the WD - Drive 1 first. (I had hoped to remove some data I hadn't yet back up

I tried rebooting BUT if both disks were set to "On" in "setup - F2" the system would NOT boot. If Disk 1 (WD Drive) was turned off the system would boot fine. I removed the "boot partition" on Disk 1 but if both drives were turn on - no go.

I have now replaced the defective drive (WD) with a Maxtor SATA II/300 (1 TB).

The boot drive (300GB Maxtor) is the "last" drive on the SATA interface cable and the new drive (1 TB) is on the second to last connector.
Still, if the blank, new drive is turned on in "setup - F2" the system won't boot. If off, system boots. (I want to use the 1 TB drive solely for data storage).

It seems the SATA controller refuses to recognize the bootable drive if both drives are active. All I can think of is this is due to the 300GB being "Drive 2" in my original system and still listed that way in "setup". There is NO ability to c... Read more

Answer:Solved: Drive Crashed - XP installed on 2nd Drive - Replaced Drive Won't Work

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.

 

Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .
jcgriff2

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i am trying to install a western digital 74gig Serial ATA, our 10,000 RPM on a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard. when i try to install windows with the Sata driver the setup say that it could not find a hard drive. I looked in the main biso and it dose not show the drive as a primary drive. but the motherboard sata biso dose show the drive as being there. Another reason i know that the drive works is because i used the disk that came with drive to fromat the dirve and partition it.

 

Answer:Problems installing raptor sata drive as main drive

you need to install a 3rd party SATA driver during windows setup.

look on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest SATA driver for WindowsXP, and put it on a floppy disk.

once you have the disk ready, boot to the Windows disk, and when prompted (in the first 5 seconds or so) tap F6 a few times. wait a few minutes for windows to load standard drivers, and then you will be prompted to insert your floppy containing the Drivers.

if you cant find the drivers, let us know the model of your motherboard and we'll track them down.
 

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On our Windows XP computer we only have a 14 GB hardrive, and its our main drive, the C drive. And we removed as many things off of it as we possibly could, and there is only 1.08 GB (7%) space available. And the defragmenter needs at least 15% free space to defrag. We can't remove anything else, so what do we do?

Answer:Main Drive (C Drive) 14 GB cant remove enough files to defrag

You could try forcing a defrag by running defrag from the Command Line with the -f parameter.  Your backup should be up-to-date.  At the Command Line enter defrag/? to view the available parameters.Longer term a somewhat bigger capacity hard drive is definitely required.Good luck.

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

Answer:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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Hi, When I go to Computer Management my main (OS) drive shows as "Disk 1" and my 2nd internal data drive shows as "Disk 0". Should I switch the SATA cables so that the main drive will show as "Disk 0 and the 2nd internal drive as "Disk 1"? Or should I ignore this? Thanks.

Answer:Main drive and data drive SATA connectors?

Hello Antares,

As long as you are not having any issues booting to Windows, I wouldn't worry about it. It doesn't matter what the Disk number is.

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Hi guys,

So I'm no longer able to boot into my main drive, but all my files and folders on that drive still look intact. I honestly don't know what went wrong or if there is any way to fix this other than reinstalling Windows. Tried startup repair on my Windows 10 installation USB, that failed. I'll explain every step I took.

I should first mention I just built this PC and I bought an M.2 SSD to use as my main drive, but I also installed my SATA SSD from my old PC. After installing Windows 10 on my M.2 drive I was able to select which drive I wanted to boot into every time I started my PC. I didn't format that SATA SSD until just before when I went to install another copy of Windows on it. Here's what happened.

I booted into my installation USB. My main drive (the M.2 SSD) was called drive 2 and my other drive (the SATA SSD) was called drive 0. I formatted then deleted the main partition of drive 0, then deleted all the smaller partitions of reserved space so the drive only had one volume of unallocated space. Then I selected that unallocated space and selected new, which recreated all the smaller partitions. I then selected the main partition of drive 0 and pressed next, which installed it on that drive. It installed successfully, but I first noticed something was odd when I didn't see the boot manager after I restarted my computer, it just automatically boots to the new copy of Windows. I noticed in my BIOS the boot order has the boot manager for my SATA SSD as the fi... Read more

Answer:Can't boot into main drive after installing Windows on another drive

When you installed Windows onto the M.2 SSD, you still had the SATA SSD installed. Windows setup found the EFI System Partition on the SATA SSD and put the boot files there instead of the M.2 SSD. That is why we recommend that you have only the drive connected that you want to install Windows on until the computer is successfully booting from it, then connect your other drives.

Now, if you don't want to do a reinstall that way, you will have to make room on the M.2 SSD for an EFI System Partition formatted as FAT32 (250 - 500 MB in size) and manually create the boot files on it.

Starting with a screenshot of disk management will help:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

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i just installed a samsung 256 gb msata in my wifes e530 edge with windows 7 on it as main os .. can i run a 320gb drive in main HD BAY for storage and how do i config that can some one please help it is a second gen e530 is it possable..i do work on computers but not to familiar with this
 
Moderator note: pulled ~OT post out of 3-year old T530 thread and moved to its own thread.  Edited subject to match content.  Was:  Re: .e530, mSata not safe for use as OS drive?

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HiI have just installed a new hard drive for backing up my C: drive, is there any way i can get both drives synchronised easily. and also as cheap as possible, student on low income, Ok Many thanksJohn

Answer:Synchronising main drive to back up drive

If i'm not mistaken one of the RAID arrays can do this.Software solution [in a way] would be imaging software such as drive image click hereYou could also just manually copy stuff over.

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I have had to format my hard drive for one reson or another, but it seams to be taking a long time (coming up to 24hrs & not even 20% done)I am formating in dos mode using Format C:The harddrive is split in two C: drive is 30Gig and D: drive is 10 GigAll it says is trying to recover allocation (followed by a group of numbers, that is always going up)Is this normall is has some thing gone baddly wrong?

Answer:Formatting My C Drive (main Hard Drive)

Certainly does not seem normal to me. Especially as you will only be formatting C: not D: as well.

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CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Answer:CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Windows will not boot from an external HDD...this is by design.

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Windows backup is set up to not allow backups onto the C drive (or whatever drive windows is installed on), which generally makes sense. But I have a C drive with a lot of empty space, and an external hard drive that I need to back up. So... is there any way to get around the default behavior so I can back up FROM the external drive TO the C drive?

Answer:How to backup FROM external drive TO main drive

I guess you have a couple of options:

1. Make a folder on the C partition and copy to folder from the external drive to that folder.

2. Shrink the C partition with Disk Management to gain unallocated space. Then define a new simple partition in that space. Use this partition as target for the Windows backup.

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Hello All
I have built a new machine to replace my XP machine. The New machine has a 256GB Samsung 850 PRO Solid State Drive - MZ-7KE256BW which I have installed 7 HP 64bit on and as my main drive a 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA III Hard Drive (ST2000DM001)
Problem and questions: My SSD is my C: Drive, D is my DVD Wtr & the 2TB Main drive is E:
I need help knowing what I should do to be able to save my new pictures, documents, music files onto the 2TB Drive as everything I tried put it in the C: Drive which is my SSD
I would like to know how do I save my ext hdd back up of documents and put them onto my E: drive.
Somewhere I seem to be missing a step. So help with configuration please.
Cheers
Steven

Answer:SSD Drive & Main 2TB HDD 7 and drive configuration

Click Here to show you how to move the Users Folder with all your data in it to your new E drive

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How did you get it to work?

I have a single Fujitsu MBA3300 15K RPM SAS hard drive that I'd like to use as the main boot drive for Vista64. I have been able to load the Marvell SAS drivers, and windows sees (formatted) the drive when I boot Vista from my old sata drive that is currently the boot drive. If I unplug the sata drive and boot off the CD, Vista can’t see the drive till I manually load the Marvell SAS drivers from a USB flash drive. Once they are loaded the SAS drive shows up as an available drive to install to but when I highlight it and click next I get an error telling me that it could not create a system partition. I try formatting from the same window but it makes no difference. Is there any BIOS setting that needs to be changed so that this disk will be recognized as a viable disk and windows will install to it? During POST I see the SAS controller initialize and it shows the drive attached. If i boot from the Sata drive and then try to run the installer the disk shows up but tells me that I need to install the SAS driver. I do that but it tells me the same thing when I select the drive again as if I had not installed the driver.

Thanks

FWIW this is an Asus P6T deluxe Motherboard with and 2.66 GHz Intel i7 6gig ram.

Answer:Anyone using an SAS drive as their main Boot Drive?

found this on another forum hope it helps you

Posted:2/12/2009 12:49:00 PM # 10 Greetings Everyone?

I felt compelled to join the forum (as I have a couple now) to share what worked for me with my install of Vista 64 Ultimate on an ASUS P6T with SAS & SATA drives ? I was struggling as a few others, but with the help of all you generous posters, I finally got my setup complete.

Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe (Marvell Controllers)
Ram: 12GB Corsair
Drives: Seagate SAS 15k 300GB Cheetah (x2) and 1 Seagate SATA 7200 1TB
CPU: Intel i7

Ok, as a few others? I was having a devil of a time setting up my system to boot from 1 SAS drive (where I Installed Vista and my Adobe Suite) , use the 2nd SAS drive for data, and my working ?project? files ? and finally, my SATA drive for short term backup and older ?finished? files. (Footnote, I use a Drobo for my data mirror ? imo, superior to any raid setup)

In the Marvell SAS controller / disk setup (Ctrl-M on system start) make sure no raid is setup, drives should simply read as ?FREE?

Now in the BIOS ? set SATA to IDE (I left it enhanced).

Listed my hard disk drives as SAS... Read more

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Just as the title said, I'm wondering if there is a way for me to upgrade my hard drive, also upgrade Windows, and yet keep all the applications that I have installed onto a seperate drive in tact and in working condition.

A while back when I got my first SSD I installed Win 7 onto a 64gb drive. It worked out for the most part since I installed all my applications onto a larger second drive. Now SSDs have dropped in price a great deal and I was thinking of upgrading my current drive. But I figured if I was going to do that, I might as well also upgrade Windows since I have a copy of Win 8 and just never got around to upgrading. That's when I realized all my apps are on that second, larger drive. Is there a way to do this by hand or with the help of some tool. I figured it probably wasn't possible, but I felt like I should at least ask to see if was possible since I'm not the only person who had that kind of setup with the smaller boot drives.
 

Answer:Question about upgrading Windows and the boot drive but keeping installed apps

Clone the new drive with the image of your current drive. The new SSD will likely come equipped with some type of cloning utility to make that easy. Then just do your OS upgrade. Just remember if your current OS is 32 bit you can't do an upgrade to 64 bit.
 

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A week ago, a strange clicking noise befalled us whenever we attempted to boot the system. The BIOS welcome screen would run for much longer than usual, and then a message "No internal hard drive found." would display. We thought it would be a hard drive error and replaced it.

Now, however, placing in a bootable OS installation CD does not work! Whenever we try, the computer acts like there is no CD (although sometimes the CD does begin to spin), and says there is no boot device available.

I have tried a Ubuntu CD, a Windows Vista CD, a Windows XP CD, and none of them work. It does not matter what CD you put in; it does not work.

So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

The system is a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop.
 

Answer:Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.
 

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I have an Alienware Aurora R6 and am frustratingly trying to upgrade the optical drive to one that can read Blu-rays. Does anyone know what drive size specs I should be looking for? It's a low profile drive that is even smaller than a standard laptop optical drive. I tried posting this to an existing Aurora R6 article (https://www.windowscentral.com/how-upgrade-alienware-aurora-r5-and-r6), but my reputation here isn't high enough to post to older articles. Thanks any help.
Background in case anyone's interested: When purchasing this computer the only spec*they showed was that it was a 5.25" drive. Assuming it would be a full sized 5.25", I ordered the system with the least expensive DVD option, meaning to switch it out with the Blu-ray drive in my old system. This, of course, didn't work, so eventually I ordered a low profile Blu-ray drive meant for laptops. The slot in the case is too small even for this drive. What grinds my gears about this is that it's obvious that the internal bay (silver*metal part) is big enough for the laptop drive. It's the outer case (black metal part) and front bezel that are the obstructions.

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?

Thanks

I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/drvback/

Thanks
 

Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.

.
 

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I installed a second hard drive in place of the DVD drive and now when my computer is plugged in it won't charge (it says plugged in, not charging).  I can't imagine that the power adapter isn't able to handle a second hard drive because I've seen plenty of people that said they put two hard drives in their w530.  Is there some kind of driver or setting that I need to reset to make this work again?  I'm on windows 8.1 by the way so a lot of the solutions I've found by googling do not apply to my system.

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

Answer:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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I just bought a new P50. Bought a Crucial mx300 M.2 SATA SSD drive to install, bought the mounting kit and everything. Read over all the documentation including the hardware maintenance manual.  Installed the drive LABEL UP, with 6 pins on the left and 5 on the right. Turned on the laptop, instant electrical burning smell, SSD error. Turned off the laptop and found this.. There is also damage to the bay and the board.  NOW... I tried putting this drive in flipped over and went with the LABEL UP standard. I could not find ANY INFORMATION ON WHICH WAY TO INSTALL THE DRIVE... there is NOTHING about m.2 drives being asymmetrical.. no information anywhere for the p50 in regards to this. Not to mention you cannot even see the bay as you install it. Lenovo is currently refusing to cover damages by my warranty (I also purchased an extended warranty) Crucial sent me a new drive and is looking into it.  I'm waiting to hear from a repair technician, but basically customer service (who literally knew nothing about computers btw ) told me that it would not be covered because it wasn't a Lenovo drive.  Anyways, just wanted to vent and warn you all. I still can't find a definitive answer on which way to install it, or even if it was installed improperly. Lenovo simply called and told me it wouldn't be covered and they literally just said what I wrote down on the piece of paper.. they didn't even do a diagnostic or anything.. &... Read more

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

Answer:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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Has anyone undertaken an upgrade of the hard drive in a Libretto U100 to a SSD? This would surely improve performance significantly. What dimension is the hard drive in the U100 and what connector is used to attach the drive? Can anyone advise if this mod is possible?

Spymaster

Answer:Upgrading hard drive in Libretto U100 to SSD Drive

So, I have a machine with an SSD drive (Tecra M5) and it works like a charm. Unfortunately the drives are too expensive at the moment but you can gain some real performance.

Regarding your question: Should be possible. You have a 1.8" inch drive installed and there are SSD drives which have almost the same form factor. Usually the U100 was shipped with MK6006GAH or MK3006GAL drives.

Here?s a site which could help you, since the drive has the same connector like the drive in your machine: http://www.dvnation.com/microatapics.html

Just check it out and I hope you can use my hint for further research on SSD drives.. :)

Greets

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I have a 160gb hard drive on my laptop which i want to upgrade to a 750gb. I have no windows disc and no restore disc. is there any way to clone the entire contents of the 160gb (including windows vista) to the new drive.....

Answer:upgrading hard drive, how do i move windows to new drive

Almost every company offers the user some way to create disks. Make the disks now for protection or consider ordering them if you need to.Generally companies that sell laptop hard drives also offer some way to clone the old one over. You may have received a usb to sata adapter or you may need to get one. You also may need to download the software from the hard drive makers site if it didn't come in box. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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I have a Dell 14-3452 given to me for my 10 year old grandson to use with Win10. It has the embedded eMMC installed with 32gb for C: drive. I was able to update Win10 to 1511. Not enough storage to upgrade to Win10 1607.
 
 I downloaded Win10 from Microsoft using the MCT to a USB stick with the intention of doing a clean install to the eMMC and then using a 64gb SD card for the Apps.
 
I screwed up and deleted the C: drive partitions, I should have extended them instead.  Win10 install said unable to install on drive.
 
Found a tip on Dell forum to use Shift +F10 at the WIN10 install screen to get to diskpart. Then, list disk>select disk 1>clean> create primary partition>active> format fs=fat32 quick>convert gpt
 
Since then Dell 41-3452 says no drive installed.  I’ve reloaded the default using F9 at the setup screen. I can’t remove this embedded C: drive to re-initialize. With the Win10 USB stick installed I select USB at F12 boot up, the PC goes straight to Dell ePSA pre boot assessment diagnostics.
 
I think I may have killed this PC.  Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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Hey Guys,

I needed*to install SQL Server 2014 Management Studio for a database course that I'm taking. I wasn't able to load the database, so I played around with the C drive permissions and I ended up losing all access to my C drive.*If I try to*go anywhere like Acer Recovery Management or C: Security Tab or UAC, I get "access is denied".*I have my Windows 8 recovery USB and I played around in the command prompt but ended up making it worse. (Before I could still log on and use Chrome) but now I'm getting "\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD - You'll need to use Recovery tools" It*messed up when I tried this command "bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s x: /f ALL" I tried all the other commands from this website:

https://neosmart.net/wiki/the-drive-...led-is-locked/

except for the paid software:

Easy Recovery Essentials ?


but haven't bought it yet. I know*it can be fixed*from the command prompt but I'm not sure how. When I try "Reset*/ Refresh your PC" from the recovery media, I still get "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"*I have all my files saved on Google drive so I don't mind losing anything. What can you suggest?

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Fresh install of Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron M5030 from my KLite USB drive where I have only added the correct, workable AMD-4200 video driver to the normal Windows 10 ISO. Windows 10 is functioning properly EXCEPT my TSST DVD+/-RW TS-L633C shows in Device Manager as DISK DRIVE 01 (which of course is not initialized) instead of showing as TS-L633C in DVD/CD-ROM drives.

I have tried the following:

1: Online updating drivers.

2: Hardware and devices troubleshooter. My problem is not recognized.

3: Uninstall CD/DVD drive driver. Restarted the computer, checked the functionality and the same problem exists.

Per device Manager, I have the standard SATA ACHI controller installed but no ATA channels 1, 2, 3, or 4 and no Standard ACHI 1.0 Serial ATA driver. Since Dell has not "approved" the M5030 for Windows 10, there are no drivers on the Dell M5030 Support website for Windows 10.

Can someone please give me some help please so that I can solve my problem?

Thank you very much.

Answer:CD\DVD CD-ROM Optical drive installed as disk drive 01 NOT initialized

A moot point now. Tried to update BIOS -- MB died and the unit now has the very common 7-Beep error code when trying to boot.

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I replaced my 40 GB SSD 'C' drive (where Windows 7 64-bit is installed) with a Corsair Force GT 120 GB SSD drive.  I reinstalled Windows 7 64 bit with no problem, updated drivers, security, etc.  However, I no longer see my former 'D' drive 1 TB data hard drive or former 'E' 30 BG SSD drive.  Instead, the 'D' drive is now my DVD/CD burner and the 'E' drive is now my Blu-ray burner.I'm guessing this has to do with the motherboard / updates.  The motherboard is an Asus Sabertooth 58.I've installed the driver updates from the Asus website but I'm still seeing a yellow exclamation point next to 'Other Devices' / Marvell 91xx Config ATA Device and I assume this is directly related to my problem?  If I use the Devixce Manager to try and update the Marvell driver software it says none can be located.I've also searched for new hardware and the 1 TB drive and 30 GB SSD are no where to be seen.What I want to end up with is:C drive - Corsair 120 GB drive (all set here)D drive - My 1 TB data HDE drive - My 30 GB SSDF drive - DVD/CD burnerG drive - Blu-ray burnerCan anyone let me know what I'm doing wrong?Thanks a million in advance, after hours upon hours trying to solve this, I'm at my wits end!

Answer:Installed new SSD drive, now PC wont see D and E drive / Marvell issue?

If you go to the Asus websitehttp://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/SABERTOOTH_X58/#downloadyou will see the Marvell 91XX Controller Beta Driver V1.2.0.1002 under Sata

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My laptop is preloaded with Vista home edition and there was only one single drive c, i took the method from this forum to shrink the c drive, and then created a new drive from it, called d drive. after that, i install the xp into that d drive, everything works out fine except that the new d drive has only 10 gigabyte, and xp is eroding the space very quickly, leaving only 2.6 giga free space to now. but meanwhile, the original c drive has almost 60 giga free space.

My screen-shot of the disk management is as below:
[IMG]file:///D:/DOCUME%7E1/kchen/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]

my problem is how to extend my xp drive to have like 20 or 30 giga more space?
I barely use vista, and would rather make it disappear.

Thank you so much!

Answer:How to Expand XP Drive while the othe only drive is installed with Vista?

Hi,

Under VISTA, follow "Step One" ONLY here: Disk Management - Shrink Partition

Then under VISTA again, follow "Step Two" ONLY here: Disk Management - Delete and Extend

If you have any problems, just post back.

Richard

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I have a 1T SATA system drive and a 1T SATA working drive. I installed a 3T SATA storage drive, and now my system won't boot from the C:. I have to go into the BIOS and boot from there, or use a boot disk. How do I get the system to boot from C: again?

Answer:Installed storage drive, now system drive will not boot

Hello,
Was 1T drive was removed from the computer or it is still present in the computer and what is the boot sequence selected?
Also does your motherboard support 3TB hard drive?

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Hi

My C drive currently has 2 GB of free space left. I've tried uninstalling programs and defragmenting the drive but alas it doesn't help. I've ordered a larger SSD and I'm trying to clone my current C drive to an external hard drive.

Could you please recommend some software that would create a bootable clone? I have tried the trial version of Acronis Migrate Easy but it will not show my C drive.

Thank you for your help!

Bleu x

Answer:Cloning C Drive (Upgrading to Larger Drive)

I use Macrium Reflect to do this -- and the free version has this feature.

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I think its a virus problem and I haven't installed my any antivirus ...I cant view my photos ..my system is getting slow ... and showing low memory and after that my pc gets restarted ....
Please Help !!!

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Last week I took out a bad, old CD-RW drive and put a new one in.
Works great!

Bad news is my DVD drive was working fine before this new CD-RW install.
DVD will play through DVD Media Player Classic but not with RealPlayer or Windows Media. DVD's used to play just fine with other players, but now...
only Media Player Classic.

Sounds like a drive issue, but why would my DVD drivers be changed when I didnt mess with the DVD drive?

Thanks,
 

Answer:Installed New CD-R Drive...Now DVD Drive Wont Work!

What happens when you try to play it with another player?
 

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I've had this problem for years and always just unplugged the IDE drive before reinstalling. I'm tired of doing that though, and I want to fix it.

I finally got fed up at all the problems my computer has been having and decided to reinstall Windows 7. I have 3 SATA drives (2x 1TB and a 500 Gig) and a 200 Gig IDE drive. I install the OS to a partition of the 500 gig drive, but during the install, when it reboots after unpacking the files, it always tries to boot from the IDE drive, which gives me an error "BOOTMGR not found". Even if I go into the boot selection and choose the SATA drive, it gives me the message. If I installed the OS with the IDE drive plugged in, even unplugging that drive and rebooting gives me the error. I have to install Windows with the IDE drive unplugged.

I haven't looked at it a while, but I'm pretty sure the IDE drive is set to slave, not sure if that matters though since it's the only IDE drive.

Is there anything I can do about this? I'm tired of unplugging the drive to reinstall, it's just a pain.
 

Answer:Reinstalling OS to SATA drive with IDE drive installed

You need to check that the jumpers on the IDE drive are set for slave and check in the Bios that the SATA drive with the OS is set as Primary Master.

I would also check under Integrated Perpherals in the Bios that your IDE set up shows the Serial-ATA controller is enabled.
 

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This version of Lenovo IdeaCenter K430 has a Hot-Swappable HDD. I do not use it so I decided to use the sata cable for an SSD.

I installed an SSD = (SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SATA III 2.5-Inch). I also changed the BIOS to look for ACHII so it would see the SSD.

At Bootup it saw the SSD and I installed a new OS =(windows 7 Professional).

I rebooted again and saw the SSD C: and one of my previous 3.5" drives but the 2nd 3.5" was recognized as F: and was unknown.

I looked in "Manage" and it indicates that F: is RAW. However there are 6 other partitions on the drive.

I will add a pic of how the drive looks in "Manage".
A pic of the Hot-swapplabe drive bay.
A pic of the machine spec's.

Hope to hear from you, Thank you in advance,
Moseley

Answer:Installed 3rd internal drive, now 2nd drive say's needs formatting

Welcome to Seven Forums

Post a shot of Disk Management correctly

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Pic #1 is not Disk Management

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When I installed my new SSD(which I put Windows 7 ) last night because the other had completely frozen up I was able to use and see my old storage drive just fine and everything seemed to work. The Storage Drive did show it had changed from E(pre new ssd and Windows 7 fresh install) to D. Now I boot up this morning and it does not show and yes, I double checked the cables and it appears in boot menu.

Thanks in advance for help!

Answer:Installed New SSD(OS drive) and now Storage Drive does not show

Fixed it myself. Just needed to find and install Marvell 91xx Config ATA Device driver.

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 My new drive has windows installed on it, and I installed all the motherboard drivers on the new drive, but when I remove the old drive, (which BTW has sector problems that scan disk always tries to fix), the computer won't start windows. What makes it even more aggravating is that windows won't start from the old drive, but without it, windows on the second drive doesn't start. Any ideas???

Answer:Windows only starts on my new drive when I have my old drive installed with it.

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum  help everyone with all computer questions. The problem you describe is neither frequent or rare. It happens when a second drive ins in stalled into a system.This problem can happen when one drive is PATA and the other is SATA. But you post does not provide this detail.Before offering a solution, some more information is needed, both the hardware and the software.  Details matter.

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Ok-I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 1750. I, by mistake, installed it on the D/Recovery Drive. Did not realize this until I went to install my MS Office again. After realizing my mistake I reinstalled on the C drive. Now I have Windows 7 on C and D. My recovery drive is completely full and I wanted to see if there is a way I can remove it off of my recovery drive. The one on my C drive is working great. I do know a little bit about computers. I looked over several forums online but nothing seems to be in just plain "cornbread english" for me to understand fully. Can anyone please help me....

Thanks,
Amanda

Answer:Windows 7 Installed on C drive and D/Recovery Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by awalls


Ok-I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 1750. I, by mistake, installed it on the D/Recovery Drive. Did not realize this until I went to install my MS Office again. After realizing my mistake I reinstalled on the C drive. Now I have Windows 7 on C and D. My recovery drive is completely full and I wanted to see if there is a way I can remove it off of my recovery drive. The one on my C drive is working great. I do know a little bit about computers. I looked over several forums online but nothing seems to be in just plain "cornbread english" for me to understand fully. Can anyone please help me....

Thanks,
Amanda


When you reinstalled Win 7, did you do it from a DVD? If that is the case, there should not be anything on the recovery drive that you would need. Let me know how you reinstalled Win 7 and what is on the D drive.

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Hi. I just installed windows 8 on this new 2gb disk as I was having issues with my current disk. My issues are resolved and I c an now boot up with my "old" drive, and now the "new" drive is going to be my backup drive, but when I click on the properties this is what I see. What do I need to do to get this as a full, empty drive?

Thank you.

Answer:installed win 8 on hard drive, now want to use as backup drive

Don't mess with that, reserved for Windows boot... Go to Disk Management and give a screenshot...

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Hi there.

I am looking to move my 1TB of data (documents+games+movies+programs) to a 2TB harddrive (brand new harddrive). So what I want to do is to install a fresh Windows 7 onto the 2TB, and then I want to clone and copy over the 1TB harddrive's data to the 2TB harddrive, so that all of my games (with their saves) and programs will work on the 2TB harddrive.

And the obvious reason why I don't want to copy or clone the OLD windows 7 install from the 1TB is because it's full of bugs and errors, and is like 6 years old (I regularly get "rpc server is unavailable" errors and sometimes BSODs). So I want a fresh harddrive with a fresh windows 7 install, but I want all of my old data + games copied over exactly as they are. How would I go about doing this>? I do have a program called "Macrium Reflect" which will do the cloning (or I could use the Windows Transver feature maybe?).

PS. The computer will be the same ie. no new hardware will be added, I'll only be slotting in a bigger harddrive, so there won't be any hardware changes or anything of that sort. I'm an IT-tech of 3years (even though I've never done this), so don't worry about using any IT jargon, I'll understand what you're saying.

Computer setup is: Windows 7 Pro, 64bit, service pack 1.

So, is this achievable?

Answer:Clone old drive, to new drive that already has Windows 7 installed?

- First of all: disconnect your actual disk from the MB. This is very important to make sure your boot loader will be on the new disk.
Do a fresh install Clean Install Windows 7
When creating a user, select Test.
After installation finish, install all drivers and win 7 updates.
To save time with the updates: MS releases SP2 for Windows 7
Reboot.
Install all your programs (Office, games etc)
Under user = Test create a new user with the same name you have on your old computer (Plank?).
Log off Test and log in as Plank. Windows will create a Plank user.
Shut down.
Attach the old disk. Make sure you boot on the new disk.
Log in as Test

Now the trick.
Under user = Test rename the new \users\Plank to \users\Plank_New
Copy from the old disk your folder \users\Plank to the new \users
Shut down and remove the old drive
Boot and log in as Plank. You should have all your user settings on the new installation.

With this trick, you moved all the old registers for Plank to the new disk

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My 500gb backup hard drive is showing only 25gb left. My main 650gb hard drive shows only 150gb used. How is this discrepency possible? Also when I examine the I drive can only get it to add up to less than 200gb, the largest file being an computer image file.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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My computer is running slow, so I was thinking about an upgrade of my 1T 5400rpm hard drive, to a 1T ssd drive.  I can't upgrade the Ram, (currently 8GB).  What does everyone think, is it worth or should I just buy a new one with the ssd drive?   The boot up takes a long time,  the touch screen sometimes is like a mirror (glare especially with the lights on), I try to move documents between libraries and the screen gets bigger/smaller.  So I have been a little frustrated with some things. please let me know your opinion if I should upgrade or not? thanksDanita

Answer:Upgrading my HP Hard drive to ssd drive

Hi Danita ,Manual: Page 1, 2, 36, 37, 41http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04655191RAM: 2 slots, max 16gb possible (two 8gb sticks of exact same configuration, speed, voltage as the other one and as given in the manual)SSD: you can definitely upgrade HDD to 2.5 inch 7mm thick SSD. I like Samsung Evo SSD. It'll be a major boost in booting and overall performance.Before any upgrade, please create Recovery USB, keep it safely.Specs: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04754207This HP document may help you further:http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04770630RegardsVisruth

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Hi, was just looking for some advice, I got a Lenovo Ideapad 510 for xmas, it?s the Intel i5, 8gb, 1TB Sata HDD, Nvidia Geforce graphics etc.. I was thinking of maybe upgrading the hard drive to an SSD drive, in particular the Crucial MX300 525GB 2.5" Sata SSD drive seems an idea one that I have seen on offer a lot. From what I have read online regarding my laptop I get the impression I would need to do a direct swap with my current 1TB drive as there isn't a spare slot, is that right? I have read if I did want to keep both I would have to swap the DVDRW and use a caddy to use in that slot? Ideally I would want to keep both, but if it meant taking my DVDRW out, then I would rather keep that and just do a direct swap and take the 1TB drive out. Would I see a lot of speed increase by doing this, I am assuming I would? The only other question I have is regarding getting my drive copied onto the SSD, I know if you have a blank drive and turn the laptop on it starts and boots straight to the setup menu where you can either boot from a usb drive / dvd etc.. or is the cyberlink onekey recovery also built into the boot menu, so if I do a full backup or my drive with that, would I then on a blank ssd drive be able to recovery my whole drive onto the new drive using onekey? Regards James

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I donno wats wrong but since today morning it shows that in the D drive I have only about 7 GBs of space. I was surprised how it could have filled up overnight (it had about 60 GBs free). Laptop runs Win 7 64 bit. The last 'system change' I remeber doing was running the 'hardware scan' from Lenovo that pops up occasionally - but this was yesterday around afternoon.  Is this an indication of the SSD going to die ? I have taken a full backup. I did a diagnostic using the ThinkPad software that has been installed at factory but it showed no signs of hard drive failure. And I checked with Windows system restore too - that has been disabled long time back.

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I'm planning on replacing the drive in my Thinkpad T450s with an ssd. I just wanted to check that this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820173012 ) drive would work. Suggestions for alternatives are also welcome.

Answer:Is this drive compatible with the T450s?

https://support.lenovo.com/dk/da/partslookup Try this with your MTM, for example: 20BV001GMS Is shipped with:SSHD,500G,5400,9.5mm,SEA,SATA The SSD you have found is 7.0mm in height. Though based on "1030 Internal storage drive" in the HMM document there is a cover/case inside which can hold it:https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/t450s_hmm_en_sp40g54937_01.pdf

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Guys,

Loaded everything like normal.

But the boot drive is H. Never asked for what letter to use. Why would it default to H?

I did set up a Raid 1. So it there a step I missed when setting this up?
 

Answer:Installed XP on SATA drive. But it is now Drive H?

did you add a harddrive to another system with windows already on it?





jordan12 said:



Guys,

Loaded everything like normal.

But the boot drive is H. Never asked for what letter to use. Why would it default to H?

I did set up a Raid 1. So it there a step I missed when setting this up?Click to expand...


 

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Hi, I'd like to delete the Lenovo_Recovery (Q drive on my new T450s (running win 7 pro).  Can I do this?  If so, how?  I plan on createing a factory disks prior. Hard to find a clear answer online.  Thanks!

Answer:Can I delete the Q; recovery drive on my new T450s (Win 7 Pro)?

HiAfter you'll create Factory Recovery media, you'll be able to remove partition Q: using Lenovo tools. Then expand the system partition.Note, you'll lost capability to recover laptop using recovery image on the drive since it'll be removed. So, use the media for that purpose.

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T450s that's about 1.5 years old. I've recently run into some reoccuring issues which are hard drive related, and think my hard disk might be on its way out. I saw a Youtube video that suggested replacing the hard drive might be easy, but I wanted to request a little guidance on this first here if it's available. Two main questions:1). How do I know exactly what hard drive to buy (i.e., what hard drives online are compatible with my laptop)?2). Is replacing the hard drive in fact pretty easy to do? Any particular set of instructions that you would recommend? Appreciate any guidance you all can give! 

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I am using T450s that has 500GB HDD.  I'd like to change the hard drive to a SSD.  I want to do this because it is too slow and it sometimes freezes.  I have used the laptop for 9 months and it is my first time to try changing hard drive. My questions are how I can make it. i) What kind of SSD can I use?ii) Do I need to buy and install Windows in the new hard drive?  iii) Installing a msata SSD and keeping HDD would be better?  iv) How about warranty when I change it?v) Is there any other things I should concern? Thank you. 

Answer:changing hard drive T450s

Most 2.5" 7mm-thick drives will work. You have a windows license on the machine, not the hard drive. I prefer the mSATA M.2 solution, but that is my personal opinion. The disk is considered customer-serviceable. Backup restore options depend on your OS.If it is freezing, it is likely a software problem. Cloning the drive is unlikely to fix that.

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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Hi.can anyone help me with the above question??

Answer:How to Add exterior hard drive and use as main hard drive??

Hi, No, you can use it as secondary HDD. Regards.

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Hi, My T450s has a 2.5'' samsung 128G SSD(MZ7TE128HMGR-000L1) and now I want to add a second hard drive other than replace with another one. Anyone can confirm what are options?Thanks a lot.













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Answer:T450s 20BX what are options for 2nd hard drive?

I saw someone replacing hard drive but not installing a 2nd one. I also opened the base cover. But i'm not sure the slot is for m.2 ssd or not. If it is m.2, the space looks like for 2240 form factor. Anyone can help?

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I think of replacing my mbpr 15" with a T450s with Docking station.The macbook, despite being brand new and very expensive  gives me all kind of glitches in windows 7 like overheating, bluescreens when waking from standby, broken graphics support with the nvidia and 4K monitors, very long boot time, bad battery life, etc. So my bad luck with nvidia makes me feel wanting to go back to Intel Graphics. My Cad software supplier also recently revised his opinion on Intel Graphics, saying that the current chips and drivers work pretty well with Rhino.Also i realized that a quadcore which is constantly overheating and throttling under load isn't really better than a dualcore which has better turbo. And i miss the trackpoint and stiff keyboard pretty hard. As i don't want to dive into the next adventure, i want to make sure that a t450s can suit my needs. I have a brand new Dell P2715Q 4K Monitor and a docking station would be a nice addition.Can this work at 60hz (sst)  over the Docking station?Which dock do i need then, the onelink, basic, Pro or the Ultra?

Answer:Can the t450s drive a 4K60hz Monitor over the Dock...

it looks like t450s supports [email protected] only via mst, no sst support. This I think is limitation of the 5500 GPU.

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I've installed a 256 M.2.Migrated Win10 to it. It will boot fine... if I use the boot menu. BUT... Even though I've changed the drive letter, it insists on using the old 16 GB cache drive (which for some reason was the C drive and had WIn10 on it when I got it).I've changed the 16 GB drive to E:, and the new one to C. Why, why, why does it keep insisting on booting from the now E: drive? I even deleted files off it, now it just gets errors and I have to use the F12 boot menu every time to boot from the C: drive.I've searched for hours... and hours... for a way to change the boot order, but Lenovo seems to have (maliciously) removed that menu from the BIOS. How the heck do I change this? Please?

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I'm planning to literally swap the 1TB SSD unit I currently have in my Dell Precision M4500 and install it in the lenovo instead of whatever I have in my brand new lenovo T450S. Aside from starting in safe mode (Win 7 Pro) and adding drivers etc... did anyone try just swapping drives from notebook to another botebook. I will create an image of the drive, of course, before placing it in the lenovo. Any thoughts and experience sharing would be appreciated. My current M4500 - i7, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD drives + 1TB mSATA Drive.My new T450S - i7, 12GB RAM, 500 GB 7200 RPM drive, Full HD display with Touch Screen. Thank you.

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1. If I choose that option, how much of a difference does that make? 2. If I do not choose that option and opt for a regulat 500GB HD, can I later move the HD and install a SSD? If so, what about the Windows OS? How do I transfer that? Thanks!!

Answer:16GB M.2 Solid State Drive Single or not for the T450s?

Hello and welcome,
 
The 16GB SSD is used as a cache for frequently-accessed files.  It's hard to put a number on it but you'd notice quicker performance.
 
You can replace the main HDD with an SSD or the m.2 SSD with a higher-capacity SSD.  Hopefully this link will help with OS transfer:
 
ThinkPad T450s: SSD migration & OS Installation: Clean, Clone, and Recover
 
Z.

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I just replaced my 500GB HDD with a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. Works really well. My T450s also has a 16GB M.2 drive that Expresscache was using with the HDD. I deleted/removed Expresscache. I now want to use the 16GB M.2 drive as general storage. It's not very big but I will find some use for it. Anyway, Disk Management shows the M.2 drive as a 14.91GB "OEM Partition" but provides no options to edit/delete/modify this partition and it is not listed in Windows Explorer. I have read that I can delete the partition using diskpart or another 3rd party partitioning tool but before I do, is it safe to do so? Is there anything important on OEM partition that should be retained besides the cache that Expresscache was using? I have searched this forum and elsewhere and I haven't found an answer to this question. thanks, Brian













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Answer:Safe to delete OEM Partition on T450s M.2 drive after SSD Upgrade?

I'm pretty sure that this drive is only used for ExpressCache. You can format it without worrying about losing anything.

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Just formatted my 2x 120gb SATA Maxtor Drives, installed Windows XP Pro, however now that I'm in Windows I can see that my System Drive is F:Why on earth is this the case. C: is listed, however it's listed as a removable drive (which I don't have).Actually, I don't really care how this happened, would just like to know how to change it.Thanks

Answer:Main Drive is F: Want it to be C: How do I?!?

I had a similar thing happen recently,only as my XP is vanishing after a reboot,next time I reinstalled I made damn sure it went onto C: Aside from this,a search on google should produce the neccesary file/info.I spotted an app recently while surfing that offered to do this,only it wasn't that info I was looking for so unsure where it was on the www.

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i have a dilemma.. i want to make a new HD I have my main HD (thus eventually throwing out my old one, which is an IBM Deathstar 60 gig)

Now it's been about 3-4 yrs since I did any type of format on my old drive, so I have a lot of "stuff" on it.

My dilemma is... a clean format would be a good thing for my computer. It'll kill whatever I didn't want on my machine initially, that somehow got on it, right off.

The problem is I have a number of software that falls under two catageries. One is that it'll take forever to re-install and patch (eg MMO games such as FF11, it'll take at least 6 hrs to re-do the full install and patch). Another are for applications which I have customized settings that I cannot remember all of. I still use these applications periodically but if I had to set it up again, I probably won't remember how (a lot of these apps are video encoding related, so I have all these numbers and stuff calculated long ago that I no longer remember how to do).

So what's my best course of action to clean my system yet perserve as much as I can?
 

Answer:Have new HD I want as main drive, what to do?

Maybe cloning the old drive to the new one.
 

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I'm working on my sister computer and put in a new hard drive. I imaged the drive in windows (using xp) and all seemed to go ok. I took the original out and now windows will book ok, but will hang on a screen that resembles the windows login screen, blue background with a windows xp logo on the right side. The mouse still works as well as the numlock lights, but it will go no futher. I've tried changing drive letters with the old drive installed, but somehow, i've fubar'd both and now both drives hang at this spot regardless of whether or not the other is plugged in as well. I have a feeling, from research i've done on the web, that windows is looking for system files on a drive letter that doesn't exist. The problem now is that i cannot boot into either install of windows, nor thier respective safe mode options. In safe mode, i get the same screen as i do when booting into normal mode. How do i get either one of these drives to boot? I know the data is still there and the data is fine, but I need to make windows boot. I've also tried using the recovery console to do a fixmbr and a fixboot, but neither helped (I didn't figure they would as the address different aspects of the boot than what i suspect to be the problem). Any ideas?
 

Answer:Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

have you tried booting from the cd and running the repair option? --um--nevermind
 

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

Answer:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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Earlier today, I thought that I wanted to run a the Repair Install (as per that tutorial) to a non-booting Windows 7 (64 bit) installation on a physical drive (my SSD) which is different than the drive to which I can currently boot. That is, I can currently boot to an older installation of Windows 7 on one partition, but the Windows 7 installation (my main one) is on my SSD drive and it will not boot. The boot process ends at the blinking cursor after the BIOS messages. I was hoping that the Repair Install would give the option of repairing the Windows 7 installation on the SSD, but it seems that it will only repair Windows 7 on the partition from which I have booted.

A little background in case it's useful: I installed Windows 7 (upgrade from Vista in 2011) on the PC's original HD and then ghosted to a new SSD and made that my boot drive. I kept the old drive (with a functioning Win7 installation) in the system as a backup. All was well for the past couple years until a recent graphics card swap. (I will note that I had successfully swapped these same cards several times without boot issues in the last few days. They are both Radeon cards, so I didn't have to re-install drivers or anything.) But, now Windows on my SSD (my main drive) will not boot - I just see the blinking cursor after the BIOS screens. (I don't know if the boot issue was even related to the graphics card issue, it just happened after one of the swaps.) There are no error messages. So, I used the... Read more

Answer:Working backup Win7 boot drive, need to fix main Win7 boot drive

Did you run the SSD's drive diagnostics or Partition Wizard Partition surface test to see if it will scan it?

Try running SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot from the Repair CD to see if it can repair System files enough to start it, or to enable Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to start it after confirming System Reserved or C partition is Partition Marked Active. If one fails, try moving it to the other. Unplug the other drives first.

If you want to continue trying to repair it, everything else that can be done is compiled in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start. Infection can't be ruled out until it is scanned from boot disk provided, and sometimes WIn7 will not repair if it is infected.

At some point you might want to do a booted reinstall with all other HD's unplugged, deleting all partitions first. But I'd want to know the drive is sound first via diagnostics and using tech support if under warranty to pave the way for RMA.

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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EDIT: Solved by swapping drives around.  No idea why that would make a difference but it worked. So here's my issue.  I'm having a lot of trouble getting my new t450s up and running.  I bought it with a 500gb HDD, and immediately replaced it with the SSD from my old laptop.  My plan is to copy the entire SSD (from a linux liveUSB drive, using the "dd" tool) to the HDD so that I can use it in the old laptop.  I'll then format the SSD and install linux on the t450s. So I swapped the SDD into the t450s and put the HDD in an external enclosure.  My issue is that "dd" doesn't work - it stops after 6 GBs.  And Gparted won't show partitions on the drive, but linux can mount all the windows partitions just fine.  From googling it seems like the issue is that Lenovo has a Host Protected Area on the drive.  But all of the tools that are supposed to remove that aren't working for me.  Maybe because I have the drive mounted as an external?  Has anyone done this before, or does anyone have an idea how to fix this?













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Answer:[SOLVED] How can I reuse the hard drive that shipped with my t450s in another computer?

It is hard for me to know without seeing the drive, but I as far as I know, HPAs haven't been used for over 10 years, so I think you are on the wrong track.  I would try to wipe the drive first

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I have been asked to partition My mates C drive. it runs XP home is 160 gig and has used about 10 gig already. What he would like me to do is partition it into two 80 gig sections. I have a good working knowledge of most things PC but I have never partitioned a loaded drive before. Is there a free prog I can use to do this ? better still some advice on the procedure.regards

Answer:Partition a main drive

click here for a how to from Microsoft

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Hi all.Just wondering with the increasing size of external HDs and the affordability of them, is it possible for your external HD tobe the main drive? This could be useful, in the event of main drive failing or being just too small and clogged up. In other words can XP and everything you need be installed on to the external drive abd the system operate from there? I realize this would only make sense if your main drive failed and had to be replaced, but just wondering!h

Answer:Use external HD as main drive??

No... sorryI think all versions of Windows OSs require the installation disk to be "a fixed drive"

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is it just me or ssds work faster under win7?
 

Answer:anyone using a ssd as main drive with win7?

Well Win 7 generally runs faster and by default SSD is faster so uhhh not sure why you are shocked by this development.
 

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Are there any good tutorials on the web (or can someone here explain it in layman's terms) for replacing an existing hard drive with a new one; & upgrading the Operating System at the same time? I have a Dell Dimension 700, on which I do a lot of work with digital audio (I added a second drive about 3 months ago, expressly for audio files.) My main drive, which contains the OS (Win98SE) & all the apps, has gotten slow & noisy. I want to swap it for a new larger one; & at the same time install (clean) WinXP. I'm not sure about the sequence of events. I know how to back-up files, folders & downloaded apps; & how to physically install the drive, but I don't know how to ghost the new drive (or if I'd need to); & I'm not sure how to deal with the BIOS or exactly how & when to load the new OS. Thanks.

mark4man
 

Answer:Swapping the Main Drive?

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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Hello Windows 7 Forums,

Today I noticed that I have a mapped version of my BOOT (Main HDD) On my computer. I do not know how to fix this as it shows the same options as my Main Harddrive and I dont know what to do about it. I have included some screenshots, Number 1 Is the drive (Highlighted in gray) and 2 is what I found in there.

Please Help
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Dorkslayz

Answer:Network drive of My main HDD?

I would normally tell you to just disconnect the networked version, but a few things bother me. I don't get the file structure of W....as those aren't the same files you'd expect on C.

Post a screenshot of your Disk Management snap-in, and we can go from there. That should sort out some things for me.

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