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Posted on 2012-03-19
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Hi there.

I have a new Lenovo W520 "born" with a stanard HDD. I started cloning the HDD to an older SSD I had in my old laptop. That all worked fine, but of course I wanted to take advantage of the SATA-3 port in the laptop.
I got the fast Kingston HyperX SSD and cloned my old SSD to the new faster SSD. Sounds like piece of cake, huh? 20 minutes, and the cloning was done. Ready to boot... but no... "Disk read error occurred". I tried once more... and even once more... same result all the time. A very "funny" thing is, that it's booting fine when I placed the SSD in an older laptop... but it won't in my new one.
WHYYYYY???? I'm about to throw the whole junk out of the window... but I better not, since it's at work. :o)  I better add, that I'm bound to Windows XP SP3, and my new laptop also has a password to the BIOS, so I can't mess around with that, unless I sell my soul to the devil and make the systemadministrator/IT-department look at it.
And on top of all, now my old SSD won't boot either. That also gives the "Disk read error occurred" message. Oh.. and I don't have the option to enter the BIOS at all (pressing the ThinkVantage button).
Any idea what's wrong??? I scanned the disc for errors... none... Beside... it can boot fine in an old laptop (with no password on BIOS).
I would appreciate any help on this issue... it's so annoying. I looked forward to this super fast SSD... and now no SSD at all... copying a billion files to the original HDD... :-(
I also need to add, that the SSD's works fine from the USB-enclosure...

Best regards

Ullenulle
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by:IT-Shrek
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Hello,

disk cloning from hdd to ssd is a non recommended action, because Operation Systems use other mechanisms on HDDs than on SSDs, which are configures during Installation.
Try to install the operating System and Application to the SSD and copy the data to the new ssd.

Lenovo Laptops typically ship with a recovery partition to restore, maybe this partition is still useable?

Shrek
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by:ullenulle
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Hi.

It's not that easy... first of all, I wrote, that I'm bound to Windows XP. It's not an installation from Lenovo, but an image made in the IT-department. But that's not the problem...
I had my old SSD working just fine... I cloned my old SSD to the new one. Then the trouble began...
Second: I did the HDD to SSD when I got my new laptop.. no problems there...

Best regards

Ullenulle
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by:Callandor
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When you cloned the drive, did you choose disk image?  If you didn't, the boot sector wasn't cloned and the drive won't boot as a result.

One bit of warning is that only Win7 supports TRIM, which is very important in maximizing the performance of SSDs.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM

Another possibility is that the connector you are using wasn't properly attached to this drive, since you say it will boot in another laptop.

Finally, check what firmware you are running and see if there is an update, since many manufacturers are still ironing out the bugs in their controllers.
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by:ullenulle
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Hi again.

Sorry for my late response. Yes, I tried cloning the disk image as well as the disk. Same result. But after some communication with Kingston, I have to try to enable AHCI in the BIOS and reinstall the computer, or do some other trick to make sure, that the necessary driver is installed for AHCI. I will write about that some time next week. I'm out travelling right now. :-)
I know about TRIM, but Windows XP should be able to run on the fast SSD though. It did fine on a older SSD with no problems.
Aaaaaaaaaand the SSD has got the latest firmware.

Best regards

Ullenulle
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Hello again.
I finally managed to get the AHCI drivers mixed into Windows XP. That was VERY tricky, since I got BSOD a lot of times using the method I found several places on the Internet. Anyway... the drive is working now. Case solved, after the AHCI was installed and afterwards enabled in the BIOS. :-)
I have a new question though, but of course I will create a new question for that.

Best regards

Ullenulle
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by:ullenulle
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Callandor provided useful information about cloning the image and not only the disc. That was a help. But I solved the real problem (enabling AHCI) alone with support from Kingston. :-)
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