This SSD was used to replace the hard drive of a Lenovo W520. I knew a clean windows install was the easiest option but this was a work laptop, so i had many programs that i didn't want to reinstall. I made a sensitive data backup to a company cloud and a personal drive. The software, if lost, could anyways be reinstalled from our cloud, but i wanted to save time. So here it goes: direct (or online: all drives connected with running windows 7) cloning did not work no matter what i tried. To make it short, this worked: basically an offline (unmounted) clone using Macrium Reflect (free version). First i made a drive image while logged to windows 7, and saved this image to a personal usb hdd. Then i swapped the drive from the W520 for this new SSD, and booted to a Macrium boot cd. On this CD operating system with Macrium Reflect, I format the new SSD and start the cloning by reading the HDD image from the usb drive. Worked perfect, minor software things to fix after the laptop detected a new drive. Re-run the computer performance rating, and the hard disk score went up from 5.2 to 7.9. Blazing fast, programs are ready to go faster than the time i need to click them all open.
Notes: I did *not* activate RAPID mode, it depends on RAM to store data, therefore a power loss would mean absolute loss of recently created data. I need reliability for work, i'm already riding the cheetah, no need to ride the thunder. (some tests show RAPID increase overall velocity by 2x). Also i keep my original drive exactly as before, just in case anything fails, but i don't think it will, the 3D-VNAND seems to be a very reliable technology. I keep new important files synced to the company cloud.
I cannot stress enough how well Macrium Reflect Free version works. Been using it years and never had to reinstall the OS again. Awesome HDD imaging software that is rock solid and restores to dissimilar hardware as well. People swapping from HDD to SDD including OS & software should use this!!
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