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Migrating all HDD data onto SSD docked on same motherboard.

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July 1, 2014 10:28:47 AM

Hi everyone,

I will be purchasing a Lenovo a730 for my girlfriend this week and I would like to upgrade the computer with an SSD. The computer comes with a slot for it, so installing it should not be a problem. I would however like to migrate the OS and important apps onto the SSD before handing it over. The current HDD is only 5400rpm. How can i easily accomplish this without having to relicense the OS. It seems that this has been covered on the Lenovo forums, but not with clear directions.

Any help is appreciated.

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July 1, 2014 10:35:49 AM

Considerations:

How much used space, and how big is the SSD?
You can't migrate 'important apps'. All or nothing. No application I've seen has checkboxes for 'this, not that'
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July 1, 2014 11:36:24 AM

USAFRet said:
Considerations:

How much used space, and how big is the SSD?
You can't migrate 'important apps'. All or nothing. No application I've seen has checkboxes for 'this, not that'



Understood, I appreciate your response. The computer is brand new, so with the OS, pre installed programs, and bloatware I imagine there should be around 40 gigs total taken up. I will also leave the HDD in place as additional storage.

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July 1, 2014 11:49:48 AM

If you've not purchased it yet, look into the possibility of getting the SSD already installed.

Otherwise, migrating on a brand new install is probably the easiest route. This is one of the only times I'd consider recommending a migration. Usually, it is someone asking how to migrate 600GB of data on a 2TB drive to a 120GB SSD.
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July 6, 2014 6:59:55 AM

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July 7, 2014 12:53:09 PM

What programs would you suggest I use to migrate the os and everything else onto the mSata? Also, how would I go about designating the SSD as the boot drive with conflicting with the HDD?
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USAFRet said:
If you've not purchased it yet, look into the possibility of getting the SSD already installed.

Otherwise, migrating on a brand new install is probably the easiest route. This is one of the only times I'd consider recommending a migration. Usually, it is someone asking how to migrate 600GB of data on a 2TB drive to a 120GB SSD.


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July 8, 2014 3:24:50 AM

Clone the HDD onto the mSATA drive and then wipe the HDD with the 35 pass Gutmann wipe with DBAN.
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July 8, 2014 6:45:53 AM

Do you have a suggestion for the the best cloning program? Also, how would I then set my SSD as the primary drive while keeping the HDD as a back up?

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