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ThinkCentre 710t Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

2018-02-24, 2:38 AM

I just got this PC and I need to install a Seagate Barracuda hard drive as the secondary hard drive to tha optical drive already installed. Can someone tell me what mounting bracket kit I need to get? Thanks in advance.

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Re: ThinkCentre 710t Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

2018-02-24, 6:36 AM

Please clarify.

 

You may have an optical drive installed, but that's not for Windows.  To run the operating system you must also have ordered your M710t with either (a) 3.5" SATA3 primary HDD, or (b) 2.5" SATA3 SSD, or (c) M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

 

Don't you already have a 3.5" HDD pre-installed in the primary 3.5" drive bay?  Are you wanting to replace it with a Seagate Barracuda 3.5" instead, using that same bay?

 

Or did your M710t come only with SSD pre-installed and no 3.5" SATA3 HDD?  And if so, is it SATA3 2.5" SSD in the secondary 2.5" drive bay? 

 

Or is it an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, an 80mm card installed down off the corner of the motherboard where the M.2 connector lives and supported off-board by a black plastic bracket snapped into the metal chassis and to which the M.2 card is fastened down?  And you're now wanting to install a true 3.5" SATA3 HDD in the (presumably currently empty) primary 3.5" drive bay?

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Re: ThinkCentre 710t Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

2018-02-24, 6:58 AM

If the primary 3.5" drive bay arrived empty because you only have an M.2 SSD, I think you might need this 3.5 HDD Tray HDD PARTS # 01EF620 as the 3.5" HDD installation adapter bracket to install the Seagate 3.5" drive.  It attaches around the 3.5 drive, and then the whole assembly inserts into the empty drive bay.  I think.

 

But I believe is it listed as FRU-only (meaning field replacement only, not for customer replacement). So you may not be able to order the part from Lenovo (although you can certainly phone them to see if it can be ordered through them).  Otherwise, just buy it from the 3rd-party shown in my link above.

 

You're also going to need both a SATA power cable and SATA3 data cable going to the 3.5" drive.  The SATA power cable connects to the 4-pin SATA power socket on the motherboard (6) in the picture below, and the SATA3 data cable connects to an available SATA3 controller socket on the motherboard (7) below.

 

 

The two cables you need are also seemingly available FRU-only, as shown on the "service parts list" page for the M910t (parts compatible with the M710t).

 

But at least their part numbers are known from that FRU-only parts list, and again if you phone Lenovo Parts you might be able to order them through Lenovo.  Otherwise you can get them on the retail market.

 

(1) SATA power cable 80mm, 2 HDD connectors, part #00XL195.

 

(2) SATA3 data cable, 250mm, part #00XL194.

 

Again, note that any retail SATA3 data cable of adequate length can also used instead, as the two ends (one to connect to the motherboard's SATA3 controller and the other end to connect to the drive SATA3 data port) are standard. So something inexpensive like this 18" one would also work just fine.  A shorter one might also work but it can't hurt to have a little slack in the cable.

 

The SATA power cable must have the proper 4-pin connector to plug into the motherboard's SATA power sockets (6) in the above picture, so you would need a retail cable like this one which is really identical to the part #00XL195 from Lenovo.

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Re: ThinkCentre 710t Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

2018-02-24, 15:02 PM
My system came with a 3.5" DVD drive which has an empty bay below it. It has the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drive with the operating system. So I guess I need a 3.5" bracket. I think the correct part number might be 01EF824, but the Lenovo parts site says it is out of stock until APRIL 24, which is unacceptable. I need another option. I can't wait until April to use this PC. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: ThinkCentre 710t Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

2018-02-24, 17:04 PM

I don't think 01EF824 is the correct tray part number for the M710t.  According to the information shown on this Australian site, it is the tray part for the M710s, not the M710t.

 

 

The parts list for the M710t/M910t shows that it is 01EF620 which is the correct 3.5" HDD tray appropriate for the tower cases, which are larger than the SFF cases and I assume the HDD tray must physically be a different size as well.

 

 

01EF620 Appears to be "in stock" at this site, for $9. Cheap enough to just order it and see if it's the right part for your M710t, which I believe it is.

 

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