Cloning Lenovo ThinkPad T500 2nd hard drive in ultra bay adapter

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  1. bigskyintl

    bigskyintl Registered Member

    Mar 8, 2009
    Cloning Lenovo ThinkPad T500 2nd hard drive in ultra bay adapter with
    Acronis True Image Home version 11.0 (build 8,101)
    1st (source/old) hard drive 160GB, 2nd (target/new) hard drive 320GB, Windows XP Pro OS

    It took me a little research, and few tries to get it right, here is how I did it (some of the wording below was copied from other sources, but I consolidated wording to make instructions clearer... I hope ;)

    Loaded USB flash drive with True Image bootable image
    (Note: I tried to clone with 1st hard drive in laptop and 2nd hard drive in laptop adapter, but system locked during True Image reboot so I had to run True Image program from USB flash drive)

    1) Formatted USB flash drive FAT32

    2) Downloaded this Image File (more details )
    FAT32 125MB Image USB-HDD Format -- Based on PEtoUSB (note: this is not a zip file, but needs .zip to download correctly)

    3) Renamed the FAT32 125MB Image file extension from .zip to .TIB

    4) Plugged the USB flash drive into my computer.

    5) Used True Image to Restore the FAT32 125MB Image to my flash drive. This was done using Entire Disk Restore, so check the Disk # checkbox and make sure the MBR and Track 0 are included. This will erase everything on the flash drive. Once the Restore was finished, I got a message that I needed to reboot the computer to complete the restore. Pressed the button to reboot. Waited until Windows shut down and removed the flash drive (don't let the computer boot up with the flash drive plugged in). Once Windows was restarted, plugged the flash drive back in.

    6) Started Acronis Media Builder to created bootable image see Guide for Creating an Acronis Bootable USB Hard Disk

    7) Put source (original) hard drive in adapter and target (new) hard drive in normal hard drive location
    (Note: I tried putting target hard drive in adapter, cloning, then switching, but I got errors… for best results, I found it is best to put target/new drive where you plan to use it)

    8 ) On boot up pressed F12 key to get boot up options

    9) Selected boot from flash drive option

    10) Ran True Image from USB flash drive to clone hard drive… when program finished I exited True Image program, removed flash drive and rebooted.

    11) Renamed new (target) hard drive since it was given same name as original (source) hard drive

    Hope this helps, and good luck!
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    That's the Lenovo 240 Heads issue. Doing a reverse clone, as you have done, gets around the geometry issue.
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