How to Clone Lenovo Hard Drive to SSD

Brithny updated on Nov 13, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Applies To: Lenovo computer or other computers using Windows 10/8/7

Lenovo is a world-famous manufacturer for laptops, tablets, PCs, and other electronic devices. Among these products, Lenovo laptops are widely popular. In earlier times, most of the laptops have an integrated HDD as the system disk. While with the development of SSDs, many users are planning to replace the original HDD with an SSD.

Why Need to Clone an HDD to an SSD

It's universally known that SSDs perform much better than HDDs in speed, data security, reliability, and duration. Besides, compared with HDDs, SSDs are lighter and take less space. These attributes make the SSD an optimal choice as a system disk, especially for laptop users. Given that, you may want to change your current HDD to an SSD to boost computer performance. By doing so, your computer will boot faster, the applications will respond quicker, and the files can be accessed sooner.

Then what's the best way to replace an HDD with SSD without losing data or reinstalling system? The answer is to clone the HDD to the SSD directly using disk cloning software. If the HDD is a data disk, you can copy and paste the content from the HDD to the SSD manually, which is just more time-consuming than using the professional software. However, it won't work when it comes to replacing an HDD which contains the OS to an SSD. If you attempt to change an HDD (system disk) to an SSD by copying, you will inevitably encounter boot issues.

Therefore, whether you want to upgrade, replace, change or migrate an HDD to an SSD, cloning the disk is most advisable.

How to Clone Lenovo Hard Drive to an SSD

The "Clone" feature in the Windows backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup will help you clone an HDD, be it a system disk or data disk, to an SSD easily on your Lenovo laptop. What's more, if you want to transfer solely the OS to an SSD, the "System Transfer" feature will help. Now, let me set forth how to clone your HDD to an SSD using EaseUS Todo Backup.

Tools You Need

  • An SSD
  • A SATA cable used to connect the SSD with the laptop
  • Disk cloning software - EaseUS Todo Backup

Requirements for the SSD

Ensure the capacity of the SSD exceeds the used space on the HDD. If the used space is larger than the total space of the SSD, you are recommended to assign priority to clone the OS instead of the whole disk to the SSD using the "System Clone" feature. 
Ensure the SSD displays as unallocated space in Disk Management(Right-click "This PC" > "Manage" > "Disk Management"). If not, back up the SSD, which can be done using EaseUS Todo Backup, and then delete all partitions on the SSD (Right-click the volume and choose "Delete").
Ensure the SSD has the same partition style as the HDD. If not, you should convert an MBR disk to GPT disk or vice versa.

To check the partition style of a disk:

Step 1. Connect the HDD/SSD to a computer.

Step 2. Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage" > "Disk Management".

Step 3. Right-click on your disk and choose "Properties".

Step 4. Switch to the "Volumes" tab. Under Disk Information, you can see the partition style of your disk.

Check Partition Style

Steps to Clone an HDD to an SSD

After making the preparations above, now you can follow the video tutorial or detailed steps to clone the Lenovo HDD to an SSD.

Tips: 

Connect your SSD to the computer first if your SSD hasn't connect to your computer.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Clone. And it will pop up the below window and choose the source disk - the hard disk you want to clone.

select the hard drive as your source disk

Step 2. Choose the destination disk (SSD) as your storage destination. Here you can find the "Optimize for SSD" option by clicking Advanced options, tick this option, then you can optimize the destination SSD.

select the SSD as the destination disk and optimize it by ticking Optimize for SSD

Step 3. Preview your settings and click Proceed to clone.

preview your hdd cloning settings and click proceed to clone it

Steps to boot from the SSD

If you cloned a data disk to the SSD, you can skip this part. If you cloned a system disk to the SSD, you will need to set your computer to boot from it. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2 or F8 to enter BIOS settings.

Step 2. In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive and save all the changes.

Step 3. Exit BIOS and restart the computer.

The Problems You May Encounter

Although in a minority, some of you may encounter the following issues after cloning the HDD to an SSD.

Issue 1. Disk Boot Issue

Disk boot issue is the commonest one according to the records. There are three main causes:

  • While cloning the disk, you manually select the system drive (C drive only).
  • You connect the HDD to the computer and make it a USB drive.
  • The computer lacks the necessary drivers.

For situations 1, you need to contact our support team (support@todo-backup.com) for remote assistance. They will help you create the system partition, which will solve the boot issue. For situation 2, you need to edit BCD (Boot Configuration Data, which helps to make the Windows system partition bootable) on the cloned SSD. For a detailed guide on how to edit BCD, you can refer to the official document from Microsoft. While for situation 3. you can use DSIM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management), a Windows built-in command-line tool, to add the driver. Also, you can refer to the official document from Microsoft for help.

If there is any situation you cannot handle after cloning your HDD to an SSD using EaseUS Todo Backup, feel free to contact our support team (support@todo-backup.com) for assistance.

Issue 2. Software Asks or Reactivation

Depending on the design of the software, some utilities will ask for reactivation when they detect changes in hardware. In such cases, contact the software producer and let them reset the activation code for you to solve the problem.

Issue 3. Get a Misaligned SSD After Cloning

It happens that your SSD is misaligned after the disk cloning. You can check the alignment of your SSD following the steps below:

Step 1. Press "Windows + R" and enter msinfor32.

Step 2. Go to "Components" > "Storage" > "Disks".

Step 3. Check the value of "Partition Starting Offset". If the value is not divisible by 4096, your SSD is misaligned.

Misalignment will reduce the performance of your SSD. Therefore, if you find your SSD is misaligned, you can use the 4K alignment feature in the free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master to align sectors on your SSD. 

How to Get Most from the SSD

Now that you have installed an SSD on your computer, to help you make the best use of an SSD and extend its durability, there are some tips for you.

Enable Trim

TRIM command can improve the writing speed of the SSD and extend its life. Thus, to maintain the peak performance of your SSD, you should enable TRIM on it.

Update the Firmware

SSD manufacturers continuously release updates that can fix technical issues and bugs or even optimize the SSD performance. Therefore, it's a good choice to keep the SSD firmware updated.

Always Keep Some Space Free

When an SSD is out of space, issues related to performance may occur. Besides, if the SSD is the system disk on your computer, you should also consider that the system and the applications need free space to function properly. Thus, always leave some free space on the SSD.

There are many other tips on how to get most from the SSD, like don't defrag the SSD, don't store large files on it, and don't wipe the drive. Keep these tips in mind and you can prosper the SSD performance and at the same time extend its life.

The Bottom Line

Cloning an HDD to an SSD on a Lenovo laptop could be effortless with the help of software like EaseUS Todo Backup. In most of the cases, as long as your SSD meets the requirements listed above, you can finish the task smoothly. If you have come across some unexpected issues and can't figure out how to fix them, feel free to contact our support team for assistance.

 
 

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