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Blue Screen Again
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-26-2011
Location: Germany
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A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

Hello,

 

I recently bought the A700 i3 and am generally happy. However, I have good ears and am very unhappy with the harddrive Lenovo choose...on the same regard, I wonder whether there is a way to install two hard-drives. I have seen much more expensive set-ups with two drives and the body is so huge that there should be enough space. RAID-0 would be optimal (for me) of course, but is not crucial.

 

Does anyone has any experience or has seen instructions to open the case? Any information would be helpful and I promise to share any experience on the matter!

 

All the best

 Heinz

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Posts: 50
Registered: ‎02-12-2011
Location: New York
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

LOL! I can hear it with my bad ears. Smiley Indifferent

The OS: Linux Mint Debian 64--------------------------------------------------------
The Hardware: Lenovo A700, 3.7 GB Memory, Processor x 4 = Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M430 @ 2.27GHz
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Registered: ‎02-27-2011
Location: USA
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

 

Hi Heinz,

 

Here is a link for you to download the Hardware Manual. It's difficult to tell by the manual, if there's room for a second hard drive.

 

http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/UserGuide/Guide_show_1275884995093.html

 

Good luck!

 

CB2011

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Registered: ‎03-04-2011
Location: London
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

[ Edited ]

There is no space for 3.5" drive, 2.5" maybe. But A700 has no RAID in bios and no connector for other drive on maindoard. It is a notebook with large LCD, there is nothing from desktop inside.

 

Inside view

 

http://www.bods-mods.com/Lenovo/A7001.jpg

 

http://www.bods-mods.com/Lenovo/A7002.jpg

 

Moderator edit: Image >50k converted to link, per the Community Rules.

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Posts: 18
Registered: ‎03-18-2011
Location: Spain
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

What about replacing the optical drive with a 2nd drive using one of those SATA optical drive to hard drive caddies? Could use a small SSD as boot drive.

The optical drive could still be used via USB, just in case.

 

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Registered: ‎06-26-2011
Location: Germany
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

I did not have much time yet to do anything, but I like the idea a lot. But this is some work, which will have to wair for winter then. I hopped it would be much easier and without the RAID option a second harddrive is less attractive.

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Registered: ‎03-18-2011
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Re: A700 i3 Harddrive replacement and possibility of RAID?

I think there are 2 miniPCIe slots on the mainboard, so if you can go without WiFi or TV tuner you could make use of one of those 2xSATA RAID miniPCIe adapters.