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Registered: ‎06-22-2014
Location: South Africa
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Running Win7x64 off W530 Ultrabay

Hi there I have a W530 with a Primary SSD.  I want to add a second HDD in the UltraBay and use that to run a seperate Operating system (Windows 7 x64).  This is because the two parts of my company have two different "build images" and OS versions & domains and I need a physically seperate disk to be able to run the two builds and am quite reluctant to carry around two seperate PCs.


I know there are problems bith Blue-screening when actually running Win7 off a USB HDD, but I want to check whether running on the UltraBay will work and whether I will simply be able to load and rund a second OS on the drive.  Windows also does not allow installs to USB or removable drives.


Does the OS See the drive in the UltraBay as a "USB Peripheral" or as an internal disk drive?  Are there any performance issues with the UltraBay?

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Registered: ‎12-26-2009
Location: CA
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Re: Running Win7x64 off W530 Ultrabay

The UltraBay will behave just as an internal drive and should have equivalent performance to the primary bay.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U

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