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jcyanksceo
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SSD Advice W530

Dear All,

 

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. 


Thank You

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Re: SSD Advice W530

Hi jcyanksceo,

 

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,

 

  • Faster boot up time
    Loads within 30sec

 

  • Faster File Searches
    Searches files 5X faster than the usual HDD

 

  • Faster file transfer time
    According to my friend, Huge files seem to transfer 10 minutes faster than his old Hdd

 

  • Faster Application Loading

 

  • Increase performance in application
    According to him when he ran the Anti Virus, it didn't lag his machine and scanning was a breeze.

 

  • Reduce Power Consumption

 

 

  • Faster Video-Editing rendering

 

  • Light and portable
    Does not put additionl weight to the machine.

 

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.

 

Regards

Djembe
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Re: SSD Advice W530

I would personally recommend ordering the computer with the standard hard drive and purchasing and installing an SSD yourself. You will save some money this way compared to Lenovo's upgrade prices and will also be able to determine the storage capacity and brand of SSD you would like. Just make sure you get an SSD that is 7mm high and not 9.5mm high, or you'll have to get a new set of rubber rails for the drive.

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.
Thinkpad W530, i7-3720QM, 1920x1080 screen, 32GB RAM, dual SSDs (Samsung 830, Crucial M4 mSATA), Quadro K2000M, 9-cell battery, DVD burner, backlit keyboard, Bluetooth, Intel 6300 wireless card
jcyanksceo
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Re: SSD Advice W530


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.
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. 


 

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Re: SSD Advice W530

Here's my drive after running for 3 months in the W520:

 

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P53 XEON 2276 BIOS 1.15 OLED UHD 4K Multi-touch display, 32GB, RTX5000, 32GB, RAID 1, 1TB x 2 Samsung PM981, WWAN
P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.32, 4k Display, 64GB, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID1 1TB Samsung PM981 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.24,Xeon Processor, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID1
T470s, 16GB RAM, BIOS 1.10, i7-7500, WQHD display, 512GB PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD
jcyanksceo
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Re: SSD Advice W530

That seems pretty fast. You took out a regular SSDI wonder if it would be any better then crucial's m4. I dont know. Very Hard to say.

Are you using this as your regular boot up drive? Also, you had a HDD that you took out for this, correct?
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Re: SSD Advice W530

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.


P53 XEON 2276 BIOS 1.15 OLED UHD 4K Multi-touch display, 32GB, RTX5000, 32GB, RAID 1, 1TB x 2 Samsung PM981, WWAN
P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.32, 4k Display, 64GB, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID1 1TB Samsung PM981 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.24,Xeon Processor, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID1
T470s, 16GB RAM, BIOS 1.10, i7-7500, WQHD display, 512GB PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD
jcyanksceo
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Re: SSD Advice W530

Thanks for the info. Sorry to bother you with one more question, but What are your boot up times likes?
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Re: SSD Advice W530

TP splash screen to wait for logon - 11 secs

wait for login to desktop - 27 secs


P53 XEON 2276 BIOS 1.15 OLED UHD 4K Multi-touch display, 32GB, RTX5000, 32GB, RAID 1, 1TB x 2 Samsung PM981, WWAN
P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.32, 4k Display, 64GB, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID1 1TB Samsung PM981 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.24,Xeon Processor, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID1
T470s, 16GB RAM, BIOS 1.10, i7-7500, WQHD display, 512GB PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD
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Message 10 of 31

Re: SSD Advice W530

Whoever told you that the machine only supports SATA-II 3Gbps is clueless.

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