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gaugeta123
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SSD Support for W530

I was going for a purchase of W530 and had a clarification regarding the compatability of SSD drives.

 

The W530 data sheet provided by lenovo suggests the following SSD drives as available options.

 

16GB SSD mSATA5
128GB SSD SATA3
Intel® 180GB SSD SATA3
256GB TCG OPAL SSD SATA3

 

But I wanted to go for 512 GB SSD.

 

Can anyone confirm whether I can go for the 512 GB SSD option even though its not listed in the data shhet provided by lenovo.

 

Thanks.

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Re: SSD Support for W530

Yes, you can install a 512GB or even 1TB SSD on your own, no issues there.

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Re: SSD Support for W530

Thanks for the reply.

 

Do the Lenovo Sales team provide the option for a 512 GB SSD or should we purchase it elsewhere.

 

I noticed that W540 has a 512 GB SSD option from lenovo.

 

What's the best way to get it from Lenovo for W530.

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Re: SSD Support for W530


@gaugeta123 wrote:

Thanks for the reply.

 

Do the Lenovo Sales team provide the option for a 512 GB SSD or should we purchase it elsewhere.

 

I noticed that W540 has a 512 GB SSD option from lenovo.

 

What's the best way to get it from Lenovo for W530.


I wouldn't suggest doing after-market hardware upgrade purchases from Lenovo for generally available products, like SSD drives.  They are less costly and you have MANY more choices with MUCH BETTER VALUE if you just shop for yourself online and buy what you really want.

 

I replaced my original 512GB spinner internal drive with a 512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, shopping for it myself.

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Re: SSD Support for W530

Thanks for the reply.

 

I have one query, dosen't adding Non-Lenovo parts to the laptop on our own in-validate the 3 year warranty.

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Re: SSD Support for W530

Hello.

 

No, parts such as hard drives and RAM are usually classed as customer replaceable units or CRU, and thus won't void your warranty if you exchange/upgrade them, with very few exeptions. You can always check wether a part you're thinking of upgrading/exchanging is CRU in the systems hardware maintenance manual (HMM)

 

http://download.lenovo.com/express/hmm_think_notebook.html

 

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Re: SSD Support for W530

Hello,

 

I am writing this on a ThinkPad W530 equipped with a 240GB Patriot Pyro m3 mSATA SSD and a 500GB Samsung 840 SSD (2.5").  No problems noted.

 

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Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: SSD Support for W530

You will get a better drive for less money if you purchase it on your own. It is extremely easy to install yourself. I recommend a Samsung EVO 840 or EVO PRO. I have a 512 GB EVO PRO in my W530 and it is excellent. Just order a W530 with whatever HDD it comes with, I got mine with a 7200 RPM 500 GB drive and replaced it with the Samsung SSD the same day. Just make sure to burn System Restore DVD's if you want to be able to install Windows 7 afterwards because the restore DVD's Lenovo ships are Win 8 only.
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Re: SSD Support for W530


@SocialCarpet wrote:
Just make sure to burn System Restore DVD's if you want to be able to install Windows 7 afterwards because the restore DVD's Lenovo ships are Win 8 only.

True.  But those Win7 sytem recovery CD's will only be really usable this once, to get you to "factory"... but on the SSD once you make the hardware swap.

 

More useful suggestion in the long run is to also invest in an external USB 3.0 drive such as this Verbatim 2TB which I've used over a dozen times for friends and family machines.  Coupled with suitable backup software which provides both (a) "system image" backup capability and (b) "data" folder/file backup capability, such as Macrium Reflect (either the "free" version or the non-free paid "standard" version with additional very useful features along with vendor support), this external backup drive will give you many years of use for this crucial and vital use of regular daily/weekly/monthly backups. Everybody should do regular backups both (a) to avoid losing priceless and irreplaceable personal or professional data, and (b) to have an easy and quick "instant recovery" (via "system image") if serious operational integrity to your Windows system occurs and restoring a recent still-operational image is required to recover.

 

Anyway, if you use an external USB 3.0 drive, you can then just start right away using Macrium Reflect to take "system image" backups... e.g. of your originally Lenovo-provided installed C-partition and "system reserved".  You don't need the "recovery partition" provided by Lenovo since you're not going to be using it in the future to restore "factory".  You'll instead be taking regular ongoing backups of your fully customized and 3rd-party software-installed operational system, so that if you ever really do need to restore to recover from a disaster it will be of a very recent up-to-date and operational "system image" of your own working environment, not the very original Lenovo "factory".

 

Macrium Reflect and this initial "system image" backup will then allow you to clone your spinner-installed system onto your new SSD with a simple easy-to-understand approach.  You'll be able to retain that initial "system image" which looks like Lenovo-factory, and you'll also be able to continue using the external USB 3.0 drive for quick backups ongoing forever.

 

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Re: SSD Support for W530

I bought a Samsung 840 Evo 500 GB for 220 EUR. Works like a charm here. Definately worth upgrading. Made a lot of difference compared to its original hard drive.

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