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Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-14, 5:14 AM

On the configurator/customizer website, I'm building a P50, and I have no drive selected for "first hard disk drive," but I have a 256GB SATA3 OPAL 2.0 for "second hard disk/first solid state" option. Then there's an option for a "second solid state" which I can check, and this option is only a SATA3 OPAL 2.0. If I have the HDD as the option for "First Hard Disk Drive," I still can select a 2.5 inch SATA3 as a "first solid state" drive. This seems to imply I could order this computer with 2 2.5'' drives.

The SATA3 OPLA 2.0 is a 2.5" inch form factor, not a PCIe type. Does this mean that if I can get this computer with space for two 2.5" drives, or this is a glitch in their configurator? I've seen videos and pics of people opening up this computer and they all have one 2.5" slot and two PCIe slots.

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-14, 6:17 AM

The right-side slot can have a 2.5" drive.  The left slot can have either 1 or 2 m.2 drives, or a 2.5" drive.  P70 is different.


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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-14, 5:55 AM

My understanding is that the slot with two PCIe slots can also support a 2.5" drive, if you order the necessary rubber mounting bracket.  I could be wrong.  I do not actually have a P50 to tell you exactly.


In my experience, the P50 and P70 only offer as the "second SSD" option exactly what the first SSD is (both size and type, irregardless of raid).  So, if you ordered the first as a 1TB SSD, the second SSD is only available in the 1TB size.  If the first is 512GB, the second is only available in 512GB, and so on. 

I think the P70's second HDD follows the same rules--they only offer the same size (for the optivcal drive replacement) as what you chose for your primary HDD.

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-14, 6:17 AM

The right-side slot can have a 2.5" drive.  The left slot can have either 1 or 2 m.2 drives, or a 2.5" drive.  P70 is different.


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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-14, 7:01 AM

do I need to buy the ThinkPad Mobile Workstation Storage Kit to install one myself (where the PCIes would normally go)?

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-15, 5:16 AM

Yes. 


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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-16, 19:24 PM

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My understanding is that the slot with two PCIe slots can also support a 2.5" drive, if you order the necessary rubber mounting bracket.  I could be wrong.  I do not actually have a P50 to tell you exactly.


In my experience, the P50 and P70 only offer as the "second SSD" option exactly what the first SSD is (both size and type, irregardless of raid).  So, if you ordered the first as a 1TB SSD, the second SSD is only available in the 1TB size.  If the first is 512GB, the second is only available in 512GB, and so on. 

I think the P70's second HDD follows the same rules--they only offer the same size (for the optivcal drive replacement) as what you chose for your primary HDD.


does that mean if I order this device with a 256GB SSD, I cannot install a 500GB or 512GB SSD in the second spot?

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-16, 19:40 PM

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does that mean if I order this device with a 256GB SSD, I cannot install a 500GB or 512GB SSD in the second spot?


If you're asking after-market you can do whatever you want. All three drives (in primary 2.5" SATA3 bay which can hold HDD spinner or SSD, as well as the two M.2 PCIe slots in non-RAID configuration in the M.2 bay which can hold NVMe or SATA3, or instead even a second 2.5" SATA3 drive in the M.2 bay with the proper adapter parts) are independent and can be used however you want, with anything of any size in any of these three places.  Non-RAID there are no limitations or requirements.

 

As to what flexibility you have ordering pre-installed by Lenovo, that's up to the "shop Lenovo configurator".

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-16, 21:04 PM

The 2nd HDD bay can have a 2.5" drive or 1 M.2 drive or 2 M.2 drives.


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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-08-18, 12:29 PM

Thanks ! I was also looking for this information.

I wanted to order a P50 using 2 x M.2 storage drives, one 256Gbit/s NVMe as a system drive and one 1Tb/s NVMe as a data drive and leave the 2.5" bay empty. Lenovo Singapore told me that the 2 x M.2 slots were designed for RAID only and would not support M.2 drives with different capacity. This struck me as odd given that the P50 can be ordered in non-RAID mode. Is there any difference between M.2 NVMe and a 2.5" SATA SSD in terms of power efficiency? I am just wondering whether a 1Tb/s NVMe or 2.5" SATA SSD would be better in terms of battery life?

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Re: Can I order a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with two 2.5" drives?

2016-09-02, 12:39 PM

so it turns out that even tho I ordered this computer with the 2.5" drive, they sent me an M2 drive ( checked by opening up the computer as well as using the command prompt and device manager); has this happened to anyone else? 

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