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Lenovo x230 Clean install or live with it

house kitten 6,899 June 28, 2013 at 08:29 AM
I have a X230 that I love. I transferred files from my old computer to it using MS easy transfer and now I think I might as well do a clean install. It transferred everything even though I was selective about what to transfer. I am now wondering if I might as well do a clean install and forget the transfer. I am wondering if I should back up the image that is on the D drive or just do a clean install and delete the D partition and once the OS is installed make another image and save it.

I also have a crucial 256 SSD but since this computer is for work and there are files I must have I may skip installing that as SSD have been known to crash and lose files.

My X230 is in a docking station so it has a DVD drive. Will I be able to use that drive for the clean install or must I creat an install file on a USB for install?

I am guessing lenovo might have some cool programs (simple tap is kinda neat) that ship on the hard drive and if so what are they and should I download them after the install?

I am a bit nervous about this as I did a clean insytall for a friend a month ago and everything was fine. She now tells me she is getting notices that the OS installed may be fraudaulant. For some reason she is able to X out and it continues to load. (Sorry I can't be more exact about the wording. All I know is her very vague texts until next week when I can look at the laptop myself).

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I have a X230 that I love. I transfered files from my old computer to it using MS easy transfer and now I think I might as well do a clean install. It transferred everything even though I was selective about what to transfer. I am guessing lenovo might have some cool programs that ship on the hard drive and if so what are they and should I download them after the install?

I also have a crucial 256 SSD but since this computer is for work and there are files I must have I may skip installing that.

My X230 is in a docking station so it has a DVD drive. Will I be able to use that drive for the clean install or must I use a USB drive?
I've been waiting for someone else to reply to you, but it appears that the other techs have the same problem as I have, and that is that I don't really understand what it is that you are or are not doing, nor why, nor what advice you seek.
Could you spell it out for me/us please?
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I stopped after "windows easy transfer"... one thing that drives me nuts is when people don't know where their files are or have them scattered everywhere - the steps are 1. organize your files, 2. do a fresh install on your new computer, 3. set up network sharing on your new computer, 4. transfer files from old computer to new computer. while re-installing any programs that are necessary (keep the program installers/iso's!)

a USB drive would probably be easier, but you should be able to install via the dock as well

I sure as hell wouldn't put MY SSD in a COMPANY WORK computer.. but then again, I wouldn't use my work computer for personal stuff, so if you only have the 1 laptop and your company is cool with you doing stuff like that, w/e - but I would keep the original HDD in case they complain/need warranty work done on it
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OP, if your company has an IT department you should have them rebuild it in the way they do. Then transfer your files via copy/paste on a flashdrive.
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If it were my laptop. I would backup personal documents/data and/or software settings that I think it's important. Then format the hard drive and install the system from scratch.

Lenovo/IBM thinkpad drivers are all available on the website. You can get the model number from the sticker at the bottom of the case or from BIOS screen for search purpose.

If your company has strict policies on the OS / software installation on work laptops, you'd better follow the rules.
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I've been waiting for someone else to reply to you, but it appears that the other techs have the same problem as I have, and that is that I don't really understand what it is that you are or are not doing, nor why, nor what advice you seek.
Could you spell it out for me/us please?
Sorry Rocky. I was typing with an 8 month old on my lap helping. I can see a lot of what I wrote was deleted while the child was banging on the keyboard. I'll edit.
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I stopped after "windows easy transfer"... one thing that drives me nuts is when people don't know where their files are or have them scattered everywhere - the steps are 1. organize your files, 2. do a fresh install on your new computer, 3. set up network sharing on your new computer, 4. transfer files from old computer to new computer. while re-installing any programs that are necessary (keep the program installers/iso's!)

a USB drive would probably be easier, but you should be able to install via the dock as well

I sure as hell wouldn't put MY SSD in a COMPANY WORK computer.. but then again, I wouldn't use my work computer for personal stuff, so if you only have the 1 laptop and your company is cool with you doing stuff like that, w/e - but I would keep the original HDD in case they complain/need warranty work done on it
It is my computer. I am a independant contractor for an engineering company.
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I stopped after "windows easy transfer"... one thing that drives me nuts is when people don't know where their files are or have them scattered everywhere - the steps are 1. organize your files, 2. do a fresh install on your new computer, 3. set up network sharing on your new computer, 4. transfer files from old computer to new computer. while re-installing any programs that are necessary (keep the program installers/iso's!)

a USB drive would probably be easier, but you should be able to install via the dock as well

I sure as hell wouldn't put MY SSD in a COMPANY WORK computer.. but then again, I wouldn't use my work computer for personal stuff, so if you only have the 1 laptop and your company is cool with you doing stuff like that, w/e - but I would keep the original HDD in case they complain/need warranty work done on it
I know exactly where my files are but windows transfers everything, even stuff I asked it not to transfer such as settings for programs that I was not going to transfer. I set it to move my doc files only but it moved so much more.
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even stuff I asked it not to transfer such as settings for programs that I was not going to transfer. I set it to move my doc files only but it moved so much more.
that is why I wouldn't use it.. it messes up settings in a bunch of places
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So what is it you'd like to do?
Did you want to install an SSD in that laptop?
If so, you won't regret it, specially for a work machine.
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that is why I wouldn't use it.. it messes up settings in a bunch of places
yes, I see that now.....
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So what is it you'd like to do?
Did you want to install an SSD in that laptop?
If so, you won't regret it, specially for a work machine.
I guess when I started to post I was hoping to undo windows transfer but it seems that is not possible. I have the SSD sitting in a drawer for over a year so I guess it is time to use it. I am just nervous about not having my work files when I need them as well as I am a bit nervous about receiving the same message my friend receiving when installing windows from the iso provided online.

Is there an easy to follow cheat sheet for installing the SSD and installing windows?
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for the SSD, you pretty much just unscrew a couple screws, pull the old hard drive out, and put in the SSD in it's place

for windows, you would probably want to set up a flash drive prior to taking out the hard drive, and then you start up the computer with the flash drive inside - you may need to press esc/del or f12 or something to get to the boot menu, from which you would choose the flash drive, and then windows would guide you from there
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I guess when I started to post I was hoping to undo windows transfer but it seems that is not possible. I have the SSD sitting in a drawer for over a year so I guess it is time to use it. I am just nervous about not having my work files when I need them as well as I am a bit nervous about receiving the same message my friend receiving when installing windows from the iso provided online.

Is there an easy to follow cheat sheet for installing the SSD and installing windows?
1) Does your laptop have a DVD?
2) Is there enough room on the SSD for all your business data? In other words, how many gigs do you have on the present hard drive?
3) You would download the exact same Windows operating system as you presently have, then burn it to a DVD (will give more precise instructions later) and then boot up from the DVD to install Windows on the new SSD.
4) Once installed, you will activate Windows with the 25 digit code from a sticker at the bottom of your laptop (if you don't have that sticker, there are other tricks for getting the code).
5) You'll copy over all your data, assuming there's room for it all.
6) You'll install all the programs that you like to use.
7) You can sit back and enjoy a blistering fast computer.
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1) Does your laptop have a DVD? Not built in but it is in a docking station which has one.2) Is there enough room on the SSD for all your business data? In other words, how many gigs do you have on the present hard drive?500 now and the SSD is 256.3) You would download the exact same Windows operating system as you presently have, then burn it to a DVD (will give more precise instructions later) and then boot up from the DVD to install Windows on the new SSD.
4) Once installed, you will activate Windows with the 25 digit code from a sticker at the bottom of your laptop (if you don't have that sticker, there are other tricks for getting the code). Belarc5) You'll copy over all your data, assuming there's room for it all.
6) You'll install all the programs that you like to use.
7) You can sit back and enjoy a blistering fast computer.
Thanks Rocky.
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