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Paper Tape
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎03-28-2011
Location: Montreal
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ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III - compatibility questions

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I've ordered a ThinkPad W510.  I will be swapping out the primary 320Gb 7200RPM HDD with a 2.5" SATA2 solid state drive.  This 320Gb 7200RPM will serve as my secondary HD for data using a ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III.  I have not been able to find any significant information or confirmation regarding the following :

 

1)  Do I need any specific adapter in my primary slot (e.g., 1.8" to 2.5" HD caddy, etc.) in order to swap the primary HD with a 2.5" SATA2 SSD which I will be using as my primary O/S partition ?

 

2) What are the maximum HDD specifications that I can use in the ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III for my secondary data HD.  For example, I would like to know if I can put a 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 HD in the ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III.  Is the ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III SATA I or SATA2 specification and will it be backward compatible with the aforementioned 1TB SATA3 HD ?  If it is backward compatible, would I lose any HD functionality.

 

Any information would be much appreciated.

 

Shawn

Lenovo Employee
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎03-16-2011
Location: Morrisville
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Re: ThinkPad SATA HD drive Bay Adapter III - compatibility questions

Lenovo Support has technical information on notebook hard drives, solid state drives and Bay Adapter III. This is the Lenovo Support link: www.lenovo.com/support/notebook/harddrives  

 

I will also request assistance from our engineers.

 

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