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w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

2014-09-24, 4:48 AM

Hi,

 

I ordered the thinkpad w540 last week. With a regular disc hard dirve and a CD compartment. I figured out after the coputer arrivied that i had a solidsate inside my hp xps 15. 

 

In the best case scenario i would like to replace the CD drive, as the optional config from the online web page said it could be done. How could i figure out if it be possible to replace the CD drive with another Hard Drive? 

 

If not i would be looking at replacing the original disc hard drive for the solid state, but in that case i would loose the windows 8 system. Is is possible to install it again in the new hard drive, with the same license? 

 

I was just wondering because it would be nice mantain the drive inside the computer instead of having to plug it in all the time, and because of the faster speed it would be good to use is as the primary dirver. 

 

Thanks in advance, 

 

-Jorge

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Re: w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

2014-09-24, 7:27 AM

Hi Jorge

you will need a "caddy" adapter to house the second HDD/SDD. Just surch here in forum, see http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?location=forum-board%3AW_ThinkPads&q=caddy+w540&filter=labels%2Clocation .

For my W540 I am using the caddy from http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=555 and have very good experience over years (W510, W520, W540...).

Regarding replacing original HDD with SSD, there are basically two possibilites - either you use the recovery option (create your own media - see google or try to get one from Lenovo - not sure it will work) or use some transfer software. I am using since years the Acronis products, especially because it recognizes the SSD and aligns everything as it should be on SSD (do not want to go now too deep into sector alignment and so far).

And if you want to run your W540 on steroids, aka max possilbe storage capacity, see my signature...

ThinkPad W520, i7-2820 CPU, 32GB RAM, NVidia Quadro 2000M 2GB GPU , mSATA Samsung Evo 840 1TB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB & Lenovo Helix i7 8GB RAM & ThinkPad W540, i7-4800MQ, 32 GB RAM, NVidia Quadro K1100M, OS on M.2 2242 Transcend MTS400 256GB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB
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Re: w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

2014-09-24, 7:27 AM

Hi Jorge

you will need a "caddy" adapter to house the second HDD/SDD. Just surch here in forum, see http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?location=forum-board%3AW_ThinkPads&q=caddy+w540&filter=labels%2Clocation .

For my W540 I am using the caddy from http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=555 and have very good experience over years (W510, W520, W540...).

Regarding replacing original HDD with SSD, there are basically two possibilites - either you use the recovery option (create your own media - see google or try to get one from Lenovo - not sure it will work) or use some transfer software. I am using since years the Acronis products, especially because it recognizes the SSD and aligns everything as it should be on SSD (do not want to go now too deep into sector alignment and so far).

And if you want to run your W540 on steroids, aka max possilbe storage capacity, see my signature...

ThinkPad W520, i7-2820 CPU, 32GB RAM, NVidia Quadro 2000M 2GB GPU , mSATA Samsung Evo 840 1TB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB & Lenovo Helix i7 8GB RAM & ThinkPad W540, i7-4800MQ, 32 GB RAM, NVidia Quadro K1100M, OS on M.2 2242 Transcend MTS400 256GB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB

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Re: w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

2014-09-24, 19:40 PM

SICK !! Thanks, that will work beutifully.

 

Kudos, and those are some intense machine setups you got! sweet.

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