06-25-2012 10:01 PM
I am just configuring my Lenovo W530 now. I am definetely wanting to upgrade to SSD. However, I am unsure whether to configure it with a 128 ssd or an HDD to start with.
When I talked to a few other people, I was told that getting the HDD at SATA 3.0 Gb/s would make a faster SSD (say Samsung 830 or Vertex 4) run at a rate lower then its maxium capacity because the adaptors would not allow it. Thus, I was going to get the 128gb SSD put in to start and upgrade the size to a 512 Samsung to get max speeds. Is this the right thing to do? Or should I save the money and just get the HDD. Would appreciate any help.
06-26-2012 12:13 AM
Thank your for your post and welcome to the commnuity. Choosing between HDD and SSD can be very tricky. I believe this all bils down to what you're really comfortable with really. Personally I do not have nor have I tested the SSD, simply because of the size it offers. Though I i do believe gradually the size will grow further and if i the size of the SSD fits the amount i need I'll definetly get one :-D.
However in regards to your question, as compared to the HDD to the SSD, based on the number of people i've spoken with alot of them prefer to have the SSD installed on their machine. Some even have an SSD and a HDD running side by side. A friend of mine has one installed on his machine and based on his review, he recommends it highly because of these reason as he put puts it,
I know This is not much information but I am basing this on my friend experience rather than mine. I hope this give somewhat of an idea on the decision.
Do let me know should you require further assistance.
06-26-2012 03:58 AM
06-26-2012 06:46 AM
Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it. Just to clarify though, you swapped a HDD for a Samsung and it runs to full specifications. I know that it can't be expected to get 500 mb/s read speech always, but were you able to get close? More simply, I just wanted to know if it is able to go over the 3gb/s speed that comes with the HDD. Some people tell me that it (the SSD) is able to run at the full speed, and others not.
I did this and my Samsung 830 SSD runs very well. The SATA interface allows the drive to run at full specifications, and if you want to make use of the existing hard drive as well, you can buy the ultrabay hard drive caddy, which also supports full 6 Gbps (max 600 MB/s) transfer speed.
06-26-2012 09:41 AM
Here's my drive after running for 3 months in the W520:
06-26-2012 10:02 AM
06-26-2012 10:30 AM - edited 06-26-2012 10:32 AM
The 830 is the boot drive. The original Seagate HDD with all of the factory preload is in a anti-static bag on the shelf. I added a Hitachi 750gb 7200 rpm HDD to the UltraBay for on system image backup and some data storage overflow. The 830 has the fastest balanced performance as the custom controller does not compress the write data unlike the Sanforce controllers used by almost everyone else.
06-26-2012 01:05 PM - edited 06-26-2012 01:05 PM
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