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Blue Screen Again
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Registered: ‎10-07-2011
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Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

Hi,

 

Im thinking if i can use a SSD as my main hard drive, and then put my old hard drive to the ultrabay slot. But im wondering if the SSD is using SATA 3 and the old hard drive is using SATA 2 or they both using SATA 2 connection??

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Re: Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

Hi

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community

 

You can use SSD as primary drive and install Operating system on the same .

 

Secondly SSD which is installed in your system is SATA III while as the other hard drive is SATA II

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/ww/pdf/w520_datasheet.pdf

Please find the link which will guide you to install the Operating System on SSD

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/149969-ssd-install-transfer-operating-system.html

 

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/beginners-guide/ssd-migration-or-fresh-system-installation-an-ssd...

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284620-32-installed-attached

 

 

Hope This Helps

Cheers!!!

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Re: Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

the main hdd bay and the ultrabay of the W520 both have SATA 6.0 gbs connection, while the mSATA has only a SATA 3.0 gbs connection.
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Jin Li

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Re: Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

I think what you were trying to ask was, "if you use a SATA III SDD and a SATA II HDD, will both of them only achieve SATA II speeds?"

 

The answer is no. The SSD in either the HDD slot or UltraBay will use SATA III speeds, and the HDD in either HDD slot or UltraBay will use SATA II speeds. The SATA channels are independant, and one slower device will not cause the other devices to slow down.

 

The mSATA slot is limited to SATA II, and so the most you will see out of the mSATA is SATA II speeds.

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