03-15-2016 05:43 AM
Hi all, I buy a L440 and I noticed that it hasn't got cd drive and I want to put in this place a caddy with an other SSD. I want to know if it is possible and if it is complicated to remove the protector.
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03-15-2016 06:05 AM - edited 03-15-2016 06:05 AM
Yes, I understand, but wanted to mention it
Anyway, typically Thinkpads are easy to open and quite modular. Look at page 66 of previously posted pdf and you might already get all the information you need.
03-15-2016 06:20 AM
I check the manual and I understand that it is the same if we have cd drive or not, que have to remove the service cover and unscrewing a single screw, we haven't got only a cover un cd drive place, we have a dummy cd drive.
03-18-2016 01:15 PM
I think using the M.2 slot is a much better solution than putting an SSD in CD slot. M.2 in the 42mm form factor (the only one that will fit) is now available with up to 512gb storage. I run with a Transcend TS256GMTS400 256gb device in the M.2 slot as my O/S HDD, leaving the original 512gb drive for things that don't need the ultra fast access the SSD provides.. The only rub is that if you need Cellular phone network connectivity, the M.2 slot is already in use and there is only 1 slot. The obvious advantage is that leaves the space for the CD/DVD drive still open. You can buy a 'thin' CD/DVD drive on ebay and install it (the installation is trivial, I upgraded mine to BlueRay capable unit). These don't weight much, and if you don't use it, it doesn't consume battery power.
You can buy the HDD carrier that fits into the CD space on ebay quite readily. Just search for L440 HDD caddy. Opening up the L440 to remove the empty carrier is actually pretty straighforward. After you remove the bottom cover, it is a single screw. The Hardware maintenance manual actually covers this in some detail.