Replacing SSD in New Laptop - Help Needed

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  1. washingtonhenry

    washingtonhenry Newbie

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    I am finally upgrading my laptop for school this fall and decided on the Lenovo 13 - 128gb ssd, 4gb ram, 19x10 display. I then bought compatible 16gb of ram and a 500gb ssd from newegg instead of the more expensive Lenovo customization.

    So my question is when the laptop arrives how should I go about replacing the ssd, ram I got figured out...I think.

    Should I do all the things recommended for a new computer, update windows, uninstall crapware, install antivirus/malware programs, etc. THEN clone the ssd? OR should I just boot it, clone it and do all the other stuff on the new drive?

    Also what is the best way to go about cloning and putting windows and programs onto the new drive?

    I appreciate any advice and help, thanks!
     
  2. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Install the new RAM first and test for a good 24/48 hours. When you are satisfied that the RAM is stable;

    Remove the 128GB SSD, install the 500GB SSD (OP by 33% of the actual available capacity) and do a clean Windows 10 x64 Pro install.

    Download the ThinkVantage System Update and let it upgrade your drivers as needed.

    Test again for an extended period and when you're satisfied that the system is indeed stable and dependable, install your software and copy your data to it.

    Clone? That is so 1990's...

    Do the above once properly and you'll have a system you can depend on for the next decade or more.
     
  3. thrombox

    thrombox Notebook Consultant

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    Like the OP I'd like to do an SSD upgrade on my P645-SG, I'm wondering whether it's:

    1) possible to do (without adding an additional hard drive the P645 can have two) and
    2) whether or not I can "clone" the new hard drive
     
  4. StormJumper

    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    1. Make the Recovery disk or USB
    2. Use the Recovery disk and or USB Recovery to restore to the SSD-why so you get a clean working install.
    3. Remove junk software and use CCleaner to wipe crap from system software
    4. Disable Lenovo firmware update they are malware infested....you can find horror stories online.
     
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    Not possible with newer latops unless you remove the OD if it has one to swap out with a SSD in there otherwise you have only "1" drive space.
     
  6. thrombox

    thrombox Notebook Consultant

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    Which part is not possible the swapping of the original SSD hard drive for a larger one or the cloning?
     
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