05-12-2014 03:43 PM
I currently have a w520 with a 500gb 7200rpm drive. It currently is really kinda slow to boot and run certain programs. It takes roughly 2.5-3 minutes to boot up from off to logged in. I'd like to add an SSD, and was wondering if I have to take out the current HDD in order to place a new SSD in. I'd like to make this the boot drive. I know theres a little bay you can use that plugs into where the cd drive is, but if possible i'd like to not have to use this (i still use cd's and dvd's). Thanks for the help!
Also, what size would the ssd have to be? I know there are different sizes.
05-12-2014 04:13 PM
With a W520 you can actually install a mSATA SSD as a boot drive and leave both your current HDD and media drive in place.
If you prefer a full-size SSD, you'd have to replace your current HDD with it. W520 will take both 7mm and 9mm units in the 2.5" format.
05-12-2014 05:36 PM
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05-12-2014 10:41 PM
You could simply do a factory reset by restarting your PC > while the Lenovo Logo appear (POST), press ThinkVantage button to get into the recovery. However, remember to back up all your data to external device such as thumdrive or hard drive before proceeding.
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05-13-2014 05:19 AM
YOu can deactivate your conventional HDD in wondows disc management. Mine is deactivated and only activated to create an image backup of my SSD every 2 weeks. I can fit 2 complete images on my HDD so i have good backup history.
05-13-2014 09:15 AM
I upgraded my W520 with a Corsair Force 3 256GB standard SSD when I got it and then I added a 750GB standard HD in a ultrabay caddy for data and storage. You can hotswap it out for the CD/DVD drive at any time, and this setup provides best of both worlds in my opinion. I've had this setup for 2 years now and it's perfection.
You can find plenty of these caddies on eBay, and they're very cheap.
05-13-2014 10:26 AM
Thanks for all the awesome replies guys! I plan on using the following mSATA drive :http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RFAI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
I also picked up a Windows 7 Pro .iso file from the following website (microsoft's page). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RFAI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
If anyone wants to just confirm this is a legit .iso file, I can use the key on my current system to activate windows 7 on the new ssd.