02-19-2008 01:19 AM
02-19-2008 04:19 AM
Share your input on the Retro ThinkPad Time Machine
02-19-2008 03:47 PM - edited 02-19-2008 03:48 PM
02-22-2009 01:59 PM
To Bajpai ,
Remeber dont waste your money on high speed SSD coz T61/X61 does not have SATAII transfer rate. At this moment, if you want to get a 128G SSD, try Corsair from Newegg, it has samsung controller, and its cheaper and reliable.
I have an intel 80G in my X61t, and I regret my choice because I didn't know the chipset didnt support SATAII transfer rate. So, buying a high speed SSD on T61 and X61 is a waste of money.
09-04-2009 05:57 PM
I agree with this to a point. The one area where I would dissagree is in choice of SSD. After reading the SSD articles on Anandtech.com, I purchased and installed an OCZ Agility series 120GB SSD. I think that it is a more reliable drive and an excellent price. Well worth the $279 on NewEgg. It's fast in my Thinkpad but not as fast as it could be. I hooked this drive up to my desktop and was seeing 210MB/s average read. On this T61 I'm only seeing 105 MB/s, but that is much better then the 50 MB/s I was seeing with my 7200 RPM drive. Also seek time is .1ms instead of 17ms.
I realize write times are slower overall, but that is the real beauty here. They are close to the same on both systems. I guess it is a matter of priorities, but to me this is the best upgrade you can make. I can also take the drive with me when I upgrade laptops.
09-08-2009 07:41 PM
I bought a Corsair P256 for my T61 to replace a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB drive that I had been using.
The Corsair SSD is a drop-in replacement for the standard SATA drive - no need to change anything on the computer or settings.
It works great and is substantially faster than the Seagate drive, which is perhaps the fastest traditional laptop drive currently available.
I've read that the T61 can't take advantage of this drive's full speed, but it is still quite a bit faster than any spinning hard drive. I have no regrets about getting the Corsair SSD. Whether it is worth the cost to you is a personal decision, but you will notice a substantial increase in performance.
10-04-2009 09:32 PM
Actually I have replaced my standard HD on my T61 with a SSD OCZ 64Go.
No remarks to do about it except that it is faster and more reliable than the previous one which I am now using as an external back-up.
12-28-2009 07:15 PM
I'm in the middle of installing an OCZ Vertex 250GB drive, and am running into problems. Its generally accepted that the Intel drives are the fastest and most compatible drives out there, but the OCZ Vertex drives using the Indlinx Barefoot controller are commonly seen (see anandtech.com benchmarks and discussions) as comparable, and in my case I need a large drive for my work laptop. So the 250GB Vertex is preferable to the 160GB Intel (max available at this time).
Like others I've run into a problem accessing the drive. I'm getting a "2100: HDD0 (Hard disk drive) initialization error" on boot partway into installing Windows 7 32-bit on the drive (bare otherwise). I have upgraded the drive firmware to the latest 1.3 release. I have also updated the system BIOS on my T61p to the latest as of 2009-05-26 using an ISO image. With the drive in AHCI mode (preferable you'd think, since its either the same as IDE or faster), I was unable to get the system past this point even after several retries.
I have now switched the drive to IDE (Compatibility Mode) and that seems to be going better, but I'm somewhat nervous about things now given the issues others have seen and posted about and my own experience. Others claim doing this did not resolve their problems.
I might be inclined to recommend a drive like the Corsair P256 which uses the Samsung Controller and appears to perform very well. It may not be as fast as the Intel or Vertex drives, but is more compatible and the T61p can't use the full performance of these drives anyway given its slow SATA interface. Its what I'll be switching to shortly if I don't get by this issue.
10-26-2010 06:14 PM
It's been a while since anyone has updated this thread. I need to replace the failed 7200 RPM hard drive on my Lenovo T61 (model 7658CTO) with a new one and was considering getting a 2.5 inch SSD. Can folks who have been using SSDs in their T61s kindly provide updates on their experience since the time they started using them? I just want suggested models that are reliable and compatible with this laptop.
11-05-2010 04:42 PM
I upgraded my T61-P to an A-DATA 256GB SSD lately. I loaded a fresh install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. This machine is sooo much faster than before. It boots lightning fast, handles large files much faster and easier. I've had a few issues with getting drivers working but everything seems to be working fine now. Moving to a 64-bit O/S at the same time helped the dramatic increase in speed.