From what i understand, upon initial start up of your computer, you installed a Acronis then copy a full image of the factory HHD drive to a CD/DVD? or and external HHD? then after you copy a full image, you tried practice installing on the factory HHD then after you think all is ok... you installed the RAM and mSATA. then installed the restored initial image from acronis back up in msata or Samasung 830 SSD ???
a Few questions:
1. what is updating process working and what are the things that needs updating?
2. Did you still use the HHD original? if so, did you reformat the original HHD after?
Though my computer hasn't arrive yet, I hope when its here i could get all the suggestion and just try to slowly do it. Thanks
The great advantage of Acronis is that, at later points in time, you can create backup files of your main drive, each of which reflects all the changes and updates to the system up to that point.
(In any event, it is advisable to use the Lenovo procedure to create a set of factory recovery discs. You'll need 4 blank DVD-R discs for this.)
When you first turn on the computer, you can hit "Enter", which will bring up a menu from which you can get to the boot order menu. I selected the USB stick as the boot device and booted Acronis Recovery. Then I backed up the Hard Drive to the USB External Drive so I would always have the original image of the HDD before it goes through the "Running Windows for the very first time" process where you set user name, etc.
As for as updating, it's pretty simple. Windows Update will want to do some updates and restart the computer once or twice. In my case, there were also several Lenovo ThinkVantage software updates to go through as well.
After I was reasonably comfortable with the installation and after I'd made the 4 DVD recovery set, I pulled out the original HDD and put in my SSD. I restored the initial backup I'd made onto my SSD and started over.
I hope that's clearer!
1. I bought a Acronis True image DVD CD, not downloaded thru internet software. How can i put a bootable version of Acronis in USB Flash stick?
2. Before the first power up of the computer, insert the an old used USB stick and External HDD ( to put the back up ), power on the unit then press enter to go the menu, use the USB stick as the boot device and boot the Acronis Recovery. Back up the factory HDD to the usb connected HDD. After the Back up process, make a Windows Update and lenovo think Vantage software update on the factory original HDD, then make a 4 DVD recovery set using the lenovo procedure. Try installing and practice after a bit comfotable, remove the factory HDD and put in the mSata, Rams, 2 new SSD 2.5" then turn on the computer, then restore the initial backup i made from old used USB connected HDD to my msata. after restart computer then go the BIOS by pressing f12 then make the changes... msata for boot drive and 2 SSD for storage...then after... install all softwares needed like the lightroom, CAD, photoshop, sketchup, office...and others. Then connect the original factory HDD thru a 2.5 usb enclosure and format it with no partition, then use the Acronis to back up all new, new changes and updated softwares installed. Then start to load files in the storage ssd like work, photos, office doc files and others, then start using the computer..... WOULD THIS be a good process???
1. Before you install the mSATA SSD, you will have had 2 backups of the Lenovo factory image on the stock HDD: one in the form of Acronis backup file, sitting on an external HDD; the other in the form of a set of DVDs (1 boot disc + 3 data discs), conforming to the traditional ThinkPad approach.
2. After you install the mSATA SSD, you use Acronis to restore the factory image from the saved backup file onto the SSD.
3. After you set up your computing environment just the way you like it (settings, applications, etc.), you use Acronis to create a backup of your initial system image. You can have subsequent backups at intervals that you decide.
I would name the backups clearly and preserve them carefully. Finding the right file from a pile of drives can be very frustrating.
Thanks again Kaso. Copy you on that.
Hey all, looking at buying a W530 tomorrow or Monday, or a W520 quad core, to replace the one in my sig.
My question(s) and concerns to help me decide are:
The W530 I can afford comes with Win 8. I don't want win8 and will do a fresh install of 7.
BUT it seems lenovo pulled all the win8 machines and offers them in 7 now, mostly anyways.
Is this due to problems ? Issues of some sort ?
Even more important and concerning is isn't Win 8 somehow 'embedded' in the board, bios, cpu ???
I helped a friend with a new Ideapad core i3 recently that came with Win 8.
There was no coa sticker on the bottom and a genuine win 7 install disc would not run in the dvd drive no matter what.
Had to fresh install win 7 via an external dvd drive.
Is that some sort of MS drm protection of some sort ? On the dvd drive or freakin bios ??
Seems like they try to lock down the pc with win 8.
I got 7 to install on that ideapad but never felt right about it....
So bottom line, does the W530 that comes with win 8 preinstalled have the same deal or not ?
Will i be able to install win 7 glitch free ?
Thanks much !!
With the correct installation media and a valid product key, you should be able to do a fresh installation of Windows 7 on a W530. No problems. (The Lenovo drivers and applications can be downloaded from support.lenovo.com site.)Quote:
Will i be able to install win 7 glitch free ?
If Lenovo is offering a W530 config that you like and comes with Windows 7 preinstalled, you should order it.