By AOMEI / Last Updated December 27, 2019

How do I clone HDD to SSD in Lenovo laptop?

“I want to replace hard drive on my Lenovo g500 to SSD with a disk cloning software. But my computer only boot from the original hard drive. What’s wrong? How to clone HDD to SSD in Lenovo laptop? Thanks you.”

For this situation, one of the most common reason is that you don’t change the boot order after cloning. Also, there is a possibility that the disk cloning software doesn’t clone all data need to boot Windows.

Don’t worry about this issue. Just be relax. In the following, I’ll introduce you a trust and reliable software and show you the entire process of cloning, including preparations, user guide, follow-up work after cloning.

About cloning Lenovo HDD to SSD

Cloning a hard drive allows you to copy all data on the disk to SSD, and this is a direct way. In the following, I’ll show you how to clone a disk in laptop. Here are 2 situations, including laptop with one more drive bay, laptop only with one drive bay.

Situation 1: laptop has one more drive bay.

You can install the SSD in your computer and then clone an image of your HDD using a cloning software. Once the HDD’s image has been cloned and placed on the SSD, you need to check if your computer can boot successfully from the cloned SSD. After that, Simply remove the HDD or use HDD for storage.

Sistutaion 2: laptop only has one drive bay.

You should connect your SSD to laptop with a USB cable. This makes SSD as an external drive to save the clone image, and then you should remove the internal HDD and replace it with SSD. Finally, check if the cloned SSD boot from your computer.

Need a trust and reliable disk cloning software

For disk cloning software, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Professional. It’s commonly used in the worldwide and trusted by many users. It can help you clone Lenovo HDD to SSD easily and quickly, and ensure security boot at the same time.

Besides, there are many other things you may concern about when cloning disk:

  • Clone regardless of disk size: This software not only allows you to clone disk to larger disk, but also clone large drive to smaller drive (HDD or SSD).

  • Clone regardless of partition style or firmware: This software fully supports cloning GPT disk to MBR and vice versa.

  • Edit partition: This feature is used to solve “cloned hard drive show wrong size” issue and help you adjust partition size on target drive. Every time you clone disk to larger disk, there will be an unallocated space after cloning and you cannot use it before repartition.

  • SSD Alignment: This feature is used to improve the performance of SSDs and get most from it.

  • Sector By Sector Clone: This feature is used to clone all sectors of a hard drive whether used or not. So, this feature is suitable for users who want to clone hard drive with the same or higher capacity.

If the above is what you need, please keep reading below to learn the user guide.

How to clone Lenovo laptop HDD to SSD?

Suppose that you have a ThinkPad T450s with both a 42mm m.2 socket (intended for a small-capacity cache SSD) and a 2.5 inch bay for a primary hard drive or SSD that can take a 7mm or 9mm drive. Now, you have bought a 256 GB m.2 SSD and want to clone the HDD to the SSD.

Preparations:

  • A screwdriver.

  • Download and install AOMEI Backupper Professional.

User guide to clone HDD to SSD in Lenovo:

1. Install SSD in the laptop.

Restart to access BIOS, then go to Config > Power > Disable built-in battery and press F10 to save the changes and exit. This will turn the laptop off.

Bios

Remove battery and pry the bottom off. Locate the M.2 slot which is normally hidden under a plastic flap, then slide the M.2 SSD into the slot.

M.2 Slot

2. Restart your computer and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Disk Clone” at the main page of “Clone” . To clone only OS, click “System Clone” as instead.

Choose Disk Clone

3. Select Lenovo HDD as source disk and click “Next”.

Choose Source Disk 1

4. Select new SSD as target drive and click “Next”. If the new SSD has any important data, please backup files at first.

Choose Destination Partitioned Hdd

5. Tick “SSD Alignment” and click “Start Clone” to start the task.

Disk Clone Preview Align Ssd Checked

Note: Please check the used space on HDD if your SSD is smaller. Because cloning large HDD to smaller SSD requires the used space on HDD is smaller than or equal to SSD.

After cloning, remove HDD and go to BIOS again, then set boot priority of the cloned SSD and save changes by hitting F10 key. After a while, your computer will automatically restart and go to desktop of computer. Now, you can reformat HDD and use it as storage.

How to backup HDD to SSD?

Besides clone, you still can try to backup HDD to an external hard drive and then restore image to SSD. If your laptop only has one drive bay, this way will be a better choice.

To create a disk image with AOMEI Backupper:

Launch AOMEI Backupper, click “Backup”>”Disk Backup” subsequent, then click “Add Disk” to select Lenovo hard drive and hit the inverted triangle to choose the new SSD, finally click “Start Backup”.

Disk Backup

To restore image to SSD with AOMEI Backupper:

Connect the external drive with image files to your laptop, launch AOMEI Backupper and click “Restore” > “Select Task” subsequently, select backup image and “Restore the entire disk”, then choose the restore path to save image and click “Start Restore” to begin the operation.

Select Task

Note: If Lenovo laptop fail to boot, you need to create a bootable USB or CD/DVD and use it to boot the computer having boot issue.

Wrapping things up

All in all, in order to make sure that the SSD is bootable, you could consider cloning Lenovo laptop HDD to SSD if your laptop has two or more drive bay, or backing up HDD to SSD when there is only one drive bay in laptop. However, the cloning process is much easier than backup and restore. If want to an easier way, you’d better use “Disk Clone” or “System Clone”.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.