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Okay, I have an Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, and I just bought a MyDigitalSSD MDMS-BP4-240 from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-MDMS-BP4-240-Bullet-Proof-mSATA/dp/B00B3X73EE/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t

Anyway, I want to know how I can transfer my OS from a HDD to mSATA.
I am not worried about other programs like Google Chrome, AVG, Anti-Malwarebytes and Anti-Spyware Software.
     
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If you don't have anything important on that HDD, you can just reinstall Windows on to the SSD using an ISO installed on a USB or DVD, and then activate it using the product key that you can find in the System window.

You can use disk imaging software like Paragon or Acronis. Paragon Backup & Recovery has a free version that can simply mirror your drive. You'll have to connect both at the same time, so you'll need a SATA to USB converter for your HDD, which would probably be cheaper than getting an mSATA to USB converter, and you'll end up with a convenient SATA converter. It would also probably be easier to leave the SSD in the laptop because that's where you're leaving it. Through changing the settings in the BIOS, you will be able to boot from the USB (your HDD), and run the software. To enter the BIOS you have to press some button at the beginning. You can look that up for the Y580 because I'm not sure even with my own Lenovo laptop which button it is and it might be different anyway.

oh right and of course you'll need a way to power the HDD. There are devices available for this.
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If you don't have anything important on that HDD, you can just reinstall Windows on to the SSD using an ISO installed on a USB or DVD, and then activate it using the product key that you can find in the System window.

You can use disk imaging software like Paragon or Acronis. Paragon Backup & Recovery has a free version that can simply mirror your drive. You'll have to connect both at the same time, so you'll need a SATA to USB converter for your HDD, which would probably be cheaper than getting an mSATA to USB converter, and you'll end up with a convenient SATA converter. It would also probably be easier to leave the SSD in the laptop because that's where you're leaving it. Through changing the settings in the BIOS, you will be able to boot from the USB (your HDD), and run the software. To enter the BIOS you have to press some button at the beginning. You can look that up for the Y580 because I'm not sure even with my own Lenovo laptop which button it is and it might be different anyway.

oh right and of course you'll need a way to power the HDD. There are devices available for this.

What if I don't have an OS on an USB or a DVD because it was already pre-install by Lenovo themselves?
     
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use one of those tools most are not free but can be found other ways if you dont have a cd to reload, the only way if it was pre installed is to use your recovery cds to reload from lenovo.

I use norton ghost all the time at work, basically it is burned to a disk and you boot that disk.
you can create and image of your hdd/partition or you can mirror the drive completely which is what you want, both drives will need to be hooked up.

select disk to disk ,for source you just select your old hdd and destination will be the msata and then you hit ok and it starts copying everything, this will only work if you have less data on your hdd than your ssd can hold(kind of obvious but it happens).

then you wait about an hour or two, remove your old hdd insert the new ssd and away you go and the nice thing is you have a complete backup of your system on the hdd still
 
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Hey guys,

Don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a question in regards to the very subject; let's say I want to move my OS and most of the C drive from my 2TB hdd to a new SSD (128gb), I honestly only care about my OS (let's give it 33GB to be safe) and a couple of other programs such as MS Office and so forth, should I create a new partition and drop all of the non-needed files from my C to it? and how do I know which are the main OS files from the C drive, there's a crap load! Thanks in advance for any help! biggrin.gif
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Hey guys,

Don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a question in regards to the very subject; let's say I want to move my OS and most of the C drive from my 2TB hdd to a new SSD (128gb), I honestly only care about my OS (let's give it 33GB to be safe) and a couple of other programs such as MS Office and so forth, should I create a new partition and drop all of the non-needed files from my C to it? and how do I know which are the main OS files from the C drive, there's a crap load! Thanks in advance for any help! biggrin.gif

I don't know how much the OS use, but there are a lot of programs that will install with the OS.

I would say give it about 40GBish? I know I might be giving up a lot more storage for OS, but you never know about other programs that decide to install with the OS.
I would say, you can do what two guy said about moving or cloning OS from HDD to the SSD. Then you install programs that isn't related to the OS. After that, you reinstall the programs onto your second part of your SSD.

A lot of programs that isn't gaming don't really need half or most of your SSDs.

I have a lot of programs on my PC that I install on my 128GB SSD. I would use up 23.4GB out of 119GB.
     
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If you don't have anything important on that HDD, you can just reinstall Windows on to the SSD using an ISO installed on a USB or DVD, and then activate it using the product key that you can find in the System window.

You can use disk imaging software like Paragon or Acronis. Paragon Backup & Recovery has a free version that can simply mirror your drive. You'll have to connect both at the same time, so you'll need a SATA to USB converter for your HDD, which would probably be cheaper than getting an mSATA to USB converter, and you'll end up with a convenient SATA converter. It would also probably be easier to leave the SSD in the laptop because that's where you're leaving it. Through changing the settings in the BIOS, you will be able to boot from the USB (your HDD), and run the software. To enter the BIOS you have to press some button at the beginning. You can look that up for the Y580 because I'm not sure even with my own Lenovo laptop which button it is and it might be different anyway.

oh right and of course you'll need a way to power the HDD. There are devices available for this.

What if I don't have an OS on an USB or a DVD because it was already pre-install by Lenovo themselves?
Windows 7

Windows 8 or 8.1

So depending on which product key you have, you'll download that OS. Just remember to write down the product key before you remove your HDD, unless it's written on the bottom of your laptop.
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Windows 7

Windows 8 or 8.1

So depending on which product key you have, you'll download that OS. Just remember to write down the product key before you remove your HDD, unless it's written on the bottom of your laptop.

Quick question. What if you actually manage to get OS on your mSATA, you reformat your HDD, so you can have clear space for your HDD. Then later, you decide to give your laptop someone in your family, but you want to reformat it. How am I suppose to reformat it?

Also have you heard of OneKey Recovery from Lenovo? I mean can I manage to reformat the mSATA using that and hopefully it'll install on my mSATA not my HDD?
     
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