To upgrade your Lenovo laptop hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD), you can either backup or clone 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. Before Lenovo laptop clone HDD to SSD, you should connect SSD to laptop. If your laptop has more than one drive bay, you can install the SSD in your system and then clone an image of your HDD using the freeware available for this task. Once the HDD’s image has been cloned and placed on the SSD, you can simply remove the HDD or reformat it and use it as a second drive.
Or you should connect your SSD to laptop with a USB cable, which allows you to connect the SSD to your PC by simply plugging it into a USB port. This makes the SSD an external USB drive to save clone image, and then you should remove the internal HDD to replace it with the SSD. It is necessary and helpful when your Lenovo laptop have only one drive bay.
However, the way to clone HDD to SSD laptop via USB cable may lead to failure booting sometimes after you change HDD with SSD (being common with all clone software and unconquerable), in this situation, you’d better backup Levono laptop HDD to SSD - create HDD image, remove HDD, install SSD and restore the backup image to SSD. This guarantees the success of booting from SSD.
How to clone Lenovo HDD to SSD?
Suppose that you have a ThinkPad T450s with both a 42mm m.2 socket (intended fro 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. As said before, you’ll find the process to be easy.
1. Install SSD in the laptop
1) F1 at startup or restart to access BIOS, and then Config > Power > Disable built-in battery. This will turn the laptop off.
2) 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.
2. Lenovo laptop clone HDD to SSD
To clone Lenovo HDD to SSD, you need the professional freeware as AOMEI Backupper. It allows either sector by sector clone so to clone all information including deleted data on HDD to SSD, or clone only used space on HDD. Besides, you can use it in all Windows editions including Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Vista.
Note: This version only supports cloning disk with the same partition tyle, such as, cloning GPT disk to GPT disk. If you want to clone GPT disk to MBR or migrate MBR disk to GPT, you could consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional.
How to backup HDD to SSD?
It’s recommended to backup HDD to SSD rather clone HDD to SSD laptop via USB cable when there is only one drive bay in laptop. To achieve this, you should create a bootable USB or CD/DVD first so to boot computer after removing HDD, then you can install SSD and restore disk backup image to SSD. And this can be finished with AOMEI Backupper, too.
1. Backup HDD with AOMEI Backupper, and you can save the backup image to NAS etc. Then Remove HDD and Install SSD in your laptop.
2. Connect the bootable media to the laptop to be restored. Start your laptop and press to boot into BIOS. Switch the bootable media as the first boot option.
3. It will directly boot into the intuitive interface of AOMEI Backupper. Then you can restore the HDD backup image to SSD.
All in all, in order to make sure that the SSD is bootable after transfer data from Lenovo laptop HDD to SSD, you should either clone Lenovo HDD to SSD when the laptop has more than one drive bays and install SSD in it as a secondary disk, or backup HDD to SSD when there is only one drive bay in laptop and clone HDD to SSD via USB cable may lead to boot from SSD fail. In addition, AOMEI Backupper also allows you to clone large HDD to smaller SSD with simple steps.
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.