03-18-2019 04:10 AM
I have a 510S with an HDD and I want to add a SSD drive. Is there space to install one? Looking at the Hardware manual there are free SATA ports. If the 510s supports an aditional SSD does it have to be a SATA drive, and are there any recommendations on the best SSD to install?
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03-18-2019 07:56 AM - edited 03-18-2019 08:09 AM
Greetings and welcome to the Lenovo forum,
From what I observed looking at the 510S Hardware Maintenance Manual there is only space for one drive within the removable drive bracket plus it looks like the SATA power cable only provides two connection,
but there are three SATA headers on the motherboard so one could feasibly add another drive and SSDs do not draw much current so the 180w power supply should be able to power one with no problems.
03-18-2019 01:49 PM - edited 03-18-2019 03:47 PM
Yes, if the removable drive bracket does not have (and I have no idea myself) previsions to screw down a 2.5" drive than it would need to either remain unattached or would have to be custom fasten to something somehow but being that it is a solid state drive there are no moving parts inside them to cause an read or write error there is no need to worry about the drive it self and that is why I said "optional" just as long as it is tucked in and unable to strike any other components within the system if the system was to be abruptly moved or shaken.
03-18-2019 04:46 PM - edited 03-22-2019 03:27 PM
Another option is to use "Industrial Strength" Velco, like this Interior/Exterior (4" x 1" strips) product, use one across the middle to secure the SSD directly to a suitable place on case. Looking at the photo, there may be enough space in front of the motherboard on the side of the case, leave plenty of room to attach the data and power connectors. Or on the bottom of the case.
03-20-2019 06:40 AM
Yes, 5.25" to 2.5" brackets are available. Just make sure you get a bracket that is the correct height, as some optical drives are 'Slim', about half the height of a regular, older optical drive.
03-20-2019 07:07 AM - edited 03-20-2019 07:18 AM
Edit: I am old school and still buy and use CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray so it pains me in a way to see people abandoning optical drives.
03-20-2019 12:55 PM
Just to clarify a couple of points.
The ODD is a "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N Laptop Internal Super Multi 8X DVD RW DL Burner Dual Layer 24X CD-R Recorder 9.5mm SATA Tray-Loading Slim Optical Drive" and the only information about the interface on it is "SATA" but it does say if it is 1, 2, or 3.
The hardware guide for the 510S081SH shows three SATA connectors on the motherboard all of which are SATA 3.0
1) Is it correct to assume that the current SATA connection for the ODD is SATA 3? Not sure what else it could be.
From the photo in a previous post I have cut the part with the connections of the ODD.
2) I Assume that these are the Power and Data conectors. Can these simply be be reused on a SDD which would replace the ODD?
So all that I would require is a SDD and a cage which fits where the ODD currently is connected into the case?
03-20-2019 02:11 PM
Q: 1) Is it correct to assume that the current SATA connection for the ODD is SATA 3? Not sure what else it could be.
A: It is just a Serial AT Attachment (SATA) interface and the SATA I/II/III revisions has more to do what the motherboard has.
Q: 2) I Assume that these are the Power and Data connectors. Can these simply be be reused on a SDD which would replace the ODD?
Yes and also yes.
Yeah there is no such thing as a SATA I/II/II data cable all they do is make a connection between ports and the only thing that is different is with SATA III they added a latch for locking into port.
As for the SATA power cable I not to familiar with but looks like it provides 5 volts and ground as that ODD is intended to go in a mobile device I would assume will power a SSD as they only need 5v and why use them with USB with no need for a separate power supply.