I have a Ideapad 700-15ISK and it came with a 1 TB hard disk drive. I decided to install a 1TB Samsung solid state drive (SSD) as they make laptops faster. I wish there had been a clear tutorial though because the process took me three freaking days. Here’s my tutorial, just in case I find a time portal and I can send the information to my earlier self.
Warning: Since installing the SSD, my laptop now runs out of battery unexpectedly. The battery level can be over 50% and then suddently the battery goes flat. The only solution I’ve found is to keep the laptop plugged into the mains all the time. I’m certain that my installation of the SSD has caused the problem. Therefore, you might want to avoid using this installation guide in case you get the same problem. If you do decide to use this guide, then let me know in the comments below if you get the same problem with the battery.
Step 1: Insert the SSD into the laptop
The first step is actually getting the SSD into the laptop. I actually recorded myself doing it; here’s the video:
Once the SSD is in your laptop and you’ve screwed the case shut, the next step is to check you’ve installed the drive correctly. Open Device Manager (just search for ‘device manager’ in the Windows search box). If you’ve installed the drive correctly, you’ll see it visible under ‘disk drives’ in Device Manager.
You’ll notice that the SSD isn’t visible in Windows Explorer however. So the next step is to setup the drive so you can actually access and use it.
Step 2: Wipe the disk using diskpart
Open diskpart (you can find it by searching for ‘diskpart’ in the Windows search box).
Type ‘list disk’. This will show all the disks on your computer. I have two disks: Disk 0 and 1. Disk 0 is the SSD and Disk 1 is the hard disk drive.
I typed ‘select disk 0’ to select the SSD.
Then type ‘clean’ to delete everything on the SSD.
I’m not sure why you have to do this – surely the SSD is already clean when it comes out of the factory? Oh well.
One more thing to note: Don’t accidentally wipe the wrong drive!
Step 3: Initialize the disk using Disk Management
Open Disk Management (again, search for it with the Windows search box. The result might say “Create and format hard disk partitions” instead)
Disk Management will immediately tell you that “You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it”. Choose GPT as the partition style and click OK.
Step 4: Delete the Lenovo drive (optional)
Next I deleted the Lenovo D drive because I thought the process would be easier if I only had one drive to copy. The Lenovo D drive is basically junk anyway: there’s just McAfee and some copies of drivers on there. Still, if you’re going to delete the drive, it’s best to make a copy of the files first, just in case you need them later. To delete the drive, go into Disk Management, right-click the Lenovo partition and choose ‘Delete’. Once Disk Management has deleted the D drive, you can use give that empty space to the C drive. Right click on the Windows C partition and choose extend. Just keep clicking next through the wizard.
Step 5: Clone your hard drive using EaseUS Todo Backup
Next, download EaseUS Todo Backup Free. The software has a horrible name but it gets the job done. Once installed, open and it and select ‘System Clone’. The EaseUS Todo Backup website says,’This feature enables you to migrate your system to a new hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup.’ Sounds like what we need.
The software will ask you to select the target disk to write to. For me, this was Disk 0, which was my SSD.
Check ‘Optimize for SSD’ and select ‘Next’. EaseUS Todo Backup will begin to clone your hard disk drive to your SSD. The process took two hours for me.
By the way, you might get the error message “failed to read sector”. This happened to me a couple of times. Just try again and hopefully the software will eventually succeed.
Step 6: Change the boot order in the BIOS
Now you need to enter the BIOS and change the boot order. To get into the BIOS, click ‘restart’ from the Start menu while holding the shift key down. The computer will shut down and then load a page that looks like this:
Choose Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, then UEFI Firmware Settings. http://www.isumsoft.com/windows-10/how-to-access-uefi-bios-on-windows-10-pc-laptop-tablet.html
The computer will load the BIOS screen. From here, go to the Boot tab, and move down to Boot Priority Order. Then move the SSD to the top of the boot list and move the old hard drive to the very bottom.
Then choose Save and Exit (Fn + F10).
And viola! Hopefully your computer should now be fucking fast. As Nintendo would say, now you’re playing with power!
Step 7: Format the old drive
You will now want to wipe the old hard drive to make room for pirated movies and porn. Go to This PC and try formatting the old drive. Make sure you pick the correct drive – the drive letters might have changed during the restart. Before the restart, my SSD was drive B and the old hard drive was drive C. Now, my SSD is drive C and the old hard drive is drive D!
Here’s a couple of ways to check which drive is which:
- You can check your computer is using the SSD by opening Disk Management. Disk 0 had ‘boot’ on it, so I right-clicked Disk 0 and clicked ‘Properties’. From the properties menu, I could see that Disk 0 was indeed the Samsung SSD.
- If your laptop is using the SSD, then there will be a Windows logo over the SSD drive. The other Windows drive is therefore the old hard drive.
Right click on the old drive and choose ‘Format’. You can change the volume label to ‘Old HDD’ or something like that. Leave the over options as they are, then click ‘Start’. If you get the message ‘This drive is in use. Another program or process is using this drive. Do you want to format it anyway?’, then instead of clicking ‘yes’, restart your computer and try again. Hopefully after a couple of restarts, you’ll no longer see the message and you can format the drive with no problems.li>
Step 8: Rebuild the search index
It’s not over yet though. You might find some strange behaviour in Windows Search, where results are from the old hard drive instead of the SSD, or there are no file results at all. Do a couple more restarts and then open Indexing Options. Hopefully Indexing Options will begin rebuilding the search index from the files on the SSD.
I recommend uninstalling EaseUS Todo Backup from your computer, since you won’t need it anymore. Also, if you do leave it on your computer, it seems to run in the background for no apparent reason.
And what should you store on your now-empty hard disk drive? Porn? Pirated software? Nay: I say use it for backups. Specifically, have Windows File History store previous versions of files on the drive. That way, you can go back to previous versions of files if you have to. To set up File History, do so in Backup settings (type ‘Backup’ in the Windows search box).