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How to Swap SSD and Reboot With a Back-Up Image of Original

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#1 hankwasher


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 12:54 AM

I recently got a new Lenovo 13 with middle of the road specs and am upgrading the RAM and storage. 

The RAM was a breeze and no problem.

The storage on the other hand is worrying me. I am pretty novice and need some advice on how to go about swapping the SSD. From other posts I concluded that I want to make a back-up image of the current SSD and use that to reboot the new one once installed.

So my question is how do I go about doing this. I understand how to make a back-up image onto an external drive, but beyond that am not entirely sure what to do. 

Do I need to make a recovery disk? And if so can it be a bootable USB because the Lenovo 13 doesn't have a disk drive. 

Would really appreciate a step-by-step run down of how to do this, or a link to something along those lines.

Thanks for any advice.

Edited by hamluis, 17 July 2016 - 07:37 AM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.

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#2 technonymous


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 02:54 AM

What operating system are you backing up?

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 07:42 AM

Leave the old Drive in , and Clone it to the New Drive via USB sata / power Adapter, then swap em over and boot.


Minitool can do the Clone  https://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html  {Free Version }.



The Old SSD can be a backup as it is -  if needed , or Image Backup the new SSD to an external drive or use the old SSD.

Edited by Havachat, 17 July 2016 - 07:45 AM.

#4 VincePolston


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Posted 18 July 2016 - 08:08 AM


Would really appreciate a step-by-step run down of how to do this, or a link to something along those lines.



I actually made a step-by-step video on cloning and imaging and posted about it Saturday here on the forums. I show how to use Acronis to both clone and image as well as explain the difference. Hope it helps! If you end up with any specific questions I'd be glad to help you.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:34 AM

hankwasher, how did everything go?

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.


Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)

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