01-11-2010 07:44 AM - edited 01-11-2010 07:47 AM
I am considering getting a t510 and upgrade it with a 160GB Intel X-25M afterwards (possibly 3rd party as Lenovo doesn't have it now). But I am worried about losing the Enhanced Experience optimization altogether by using 3rd party hardware. On the other hand, hardrive swap doesn't seem a big system change. Does anyone have any experience with this - using 3rd party drive on a Thinkpad with EE certification? Have you lost the optimization?
Plus, is that drive included in the official Lenovo FRU list?
01-11-2010 08:22 AM
You shouldn't loose anything if you restore your factory image to the SSD.
If you want to do a fresh install:
The EE optimizations are actually 3 different types.
1 - BIOS ==> will stay optimized as you don't upgrade/reflash it to a different version
2 - drivers ==> as long as they are available as downloads, you shouldn't have any problems
3 - apps ==> same as for "2"
==> You should feel a speed boost that far exceeds that of the EE optimizations altogether, so I would strongly recommend you to upgrade :-)
01-11-2010 10:34 AM
Thank you for your reply. I think I would go for that option then. I am still waiting for until Lenovo has a reasonable shipping time frame.
There's one crucial piece of info I don't know yet, however. Does anyone know the dimension of the drive bay? Is it a 2.5" or 1.8"? The regular platter HHD sold by Lenovo are all 2.5", but their SSD are all 1.8". The Intel drive I am looking at (Intel X25-M 160GB) is however 2.5". I worry that it doesn't fit into the hardrive space on T510.