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brianrandell
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Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

If I were to order a ThinkPad P70 with RAID, will I still be able to add two additional SSDs (that I provide) for a total of four drives (two NVMe in RAID 1 and the two additional drives)?

 

I ask because if I use the online order tools to configure a P70 without RAID, I get these options (two NVMe and two HDD):

P70-NoRaid.pngP70--No RAID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, if I select RAID 0, I’m forced to only get a DVD with no option for a fourth drive.

 

P70-Raid.pngP70--RAID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks!

 

Brian

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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

Brianrandall,

 

Thank you for contacting Lenovo with your P70 ThinkPad configuration question. Unfortunately, the P70 configuration only allows for a maximum of three drives, not four.

 

Additional configuration information can be found here: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-P-and-W-Series-Mobile/System-Configuration-Information-for-P50...

 

Thank you,

brianrandell
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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

Hmmm. I just ordered one with four drives.

 

From my order confirmation:

• 1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe
• 1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe
• 500GB HD 7200RPM
• 500GB HD 7200RPM HD Adatper
• 3TB

 

Also from the link you provided:

P70 ThinkPads

Supports two HDDs and two SSDs or one HDD, two SSDs and one ODD

 

I'm waiting until I get my machine but it appears from what I've read, the updated BIOS will allow me to configure RAID once I get the machine. Fingers crossed. I'll update my post once I have it (two weeks from now).

 

Brian

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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

I believe that you will be OK. I am currently running your approximate configuration using 2 Samsung 850 Pro SSDs and two Samsung SM951 NVMe SSDs (configured to RAID 1) (total of 4 physical drives). No problem with this, but you can only configure 1 RAID array in the BIOS.

 

I am assuming that the 1TB M.2 drives are Samsung PM961 SSDs. Check the ids in the device manager when you receive the unit. The OS will be installed in your 1 HDD slot (the 500GB HDD) so you'll have to migrate the OS to the RAID array after you've enabled it in the BIOS setup configuration.

 

 


P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.30, UHD 4k Display, 64GB non-ECC RAM, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID 1 512GB Samsung 951 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.22,Xeon Processor, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID 1
T470s, 16GB RAM, BIOS 1.10, i7-7500, WQHD display, 512GB PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD
brianrandell
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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

HarrisB,

 

Thanks for the info and tips. I plan to replace the Lenovo provided HDDs with SSDs so I'm glad you got it working.

 

Brian

 

*Edited for correct swap* Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?


@brianrandell wrote:

HarrisB,

 

Thanks for the info and tips. I plan to replace the Lenovo provided SSDs with HDDs so I'm glad you got it working.

 

Brian


I assume that you are going to replace the HDDs with SSDs not the other way around.


P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.30, UHD 4k Display, 64GB non-ECC RAM, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID 1 512GB Samsung 951 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.22,Xeon Processor, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID 1
T470s, 16GB RAM, BIOS 1.10, i7-7500, WQHD display, 512GB PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD
brianrandell
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Re: Possible to configure a ThinkPad P70 with RAID 1 *and* two additional drives?

HarrisB,

 

Doh! Corrected. Yes HDDs --> SSDs. My guess is Samsung 2TB 850 EVOs.

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