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Swapping 16 GB SSD + 500 GB HDD with a single SSD

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#1 rad7


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 01:40 PM

Hello forum,


I just got a ThinkPad T440 and it came with a 16 GB caching SSD + 500 GB HDD and Win 7 Professional 64-bit. Please see the attached screen shot.


I am planning to upgrade the HDD to an SSD in the near future. Will I be able to do that considering the fact that there is also a 16 GB caching drive? How will the information in the 16 GB SSD be handled? And can I just leave the 16 GB caching SSD and just replace the 500 GB HDD with an SSD?


I also see a 3rd partition called "System Reserved" with a capacity of just 100 MB as you can see in the screen shot. What does this do? Is it normal to have some thing like this?


Secondly, I am planning to make a system image before I start using the laptop? Can I just use the Win 7 system image tool to create an image on a flash drive? And do I have to format the flash drive to NTFS? It is currently FAT32.


I would be grateful if you can give me any more tips before I start using my laptop.


Thank you.

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#2 bobjimmy123


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 03:07 PM

If you are doing a clean install, then you can definitely replace that 16GB SSD with you new one. I would recommend having the new SSD with your hard drive as a secondary. And yes those partitions you have are normal for a system drive. When you install your OS on the new SSD it will show the same information.


As far as the image, I would assume that using the built-in tool in Windows would be fine. Again I'm not totally sure about this one.

#3 rad7

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 08:11 PM

Thank you very much for your reply!

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