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 September 21, 2014  Posted by at 4:50 pm DIY  Add comments

This weekend didn’t turn out as I thought it would. I was going to work hard on some app (code code code!) ideas and some other work stuff but my computer crashed badly and I was stuck in an eternal blue screen –repair –fail repair- reboot loop. There was nothing I could do, and I tried everything. Anyway, I ended up transferring my data using Linux in memory upon boot, but after 12h of transferring data very slowly (2MB/s) I noticed that not everything was there and I didn’t have time to wait and redo.

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I ran to a local computer store and was going to buy a SATA to USB, but ended up with a ‘pocket’ for a SSD instead (that’s the drive I have) which I intend on using with a SSD disk I order from Amazon (Samsung ones are cheaper now as they just released an upgraded version and old ones are selling cheap) as an extra portable drive for temporary backups. I also got some screwdrivers, the tiny ones and with T5’s etc. as I need them for some other devices.

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The USB sticks are for Windows 8.1 install, and one for Linux. From now on they will always be on my key chain 🙂


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I put the laptop upside down, AC disconnected, on a clean table and unscrewed the top screws marked in this picture. I then used a flat screwdriver to gently pop the lid of from the top (where the screws are) as the lid is a hinge and you don’t want to rip of the plastic hinge bits at the bottom.

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The drive, silver square, is held down by one little screw that holds the fitted casing in place. Unscrew it, and if you don’t have tweezers and a steady hand just flip the laptop over as your hand covers the open section to get the screw.

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Use your finger to get the drive out by pulling it out vertically towards you gently. That’s your drive!

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Depending on what you use, a pocket for the SSD or just a cable, slide the drive into the connecting part and you should be good to go.



I was unable to read from the drive as the Surface, the only available PC I have at the moment didn’t provide enough power but you should be fine on a full power computer. If you have issues:

Try a different cable

Have the PC you are connecting the drive to powered

Use a powered SATA to USB cable









  3 Responses to “Removing the hard drive from a Lenovo W540 to transfer data”

  1. Have you thought about upgrading to an SSD? I put a samsung 840 EVO in my lenovo x220 and its super fast now.

  2. I’m in a fix. My old computer crashed completely. I took out the hard drive from the old computer but I do not know how to put this data from the drive onto my ‘new’ computer’ laptop. Do you have any suggestions. They talked about buying an Image transfer. Pls advise

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