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W541: multiple SSDs?

I have a W541 arriving in 2 days, and this is the closest, most relevant post for my question (hoping the issues are the same for the W541 as for the W520).  I want to add as much SSD as possible to my machine, and don't care about the optical drive (mobile music recording and production system, streaming large music samples from HUGE sample libraries).

 

My unit is coming installed with the 500 Gb SSD.  Can I add both a 2nd SSD in the ultrabay (need a 9.5 mm "Serial Ultrabay Enhanced" caddy - know where to get one?) AND a third SSD in the mSATA slot?  I'm looking at the Samsung 850 Pro 1Tb SSD for the caddy and the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD in the mSATA slot.

 

I suspect you can't vouch for these particular Samsung drives, but is the concept of 3 SSD's valid (main drive bay plus ultrabay plus mSATA slot)?

 

Thanks,

bmatson

 

Moderator note: moved post to its own thread.  Edited subject to match content.  Was:  Re: W520 second SSD installation

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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

Hello and welcome,

 

I belive you can do what you suggest, although since I don't have a similar machine I can't speak from experience.

 

I do want to point out that the W541 does not have an mSATA slot.  It has an m.2 SSD/WWAN card slot that appears to be 42mm.  If your W doesn't have a WWAN card that slot should be available for a 2242 m.2 SSD.  The max capacity available at this time for that form factor 256GB.

 

A couple of documents that may be useful:

 

(English) Hardware Maintenance Manual - ThinkPad T540p, W540, W541

 

W541 Platform Specification

 

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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?


@bmatson wrote:

I have a W541 arriving in 2 days, and this is the closest, most relevant post for my question (hoping the issues are the same for the W541 as for the W520).  I want to add as much SSD as possible to my machine, and don't care about the optical drive (mobile music recording and production system, streaming large music samples from HUGE sample libraries).

 

My unit is coming installed with the 500 Gb SSD.  Can I add both a 2nd SSD in the ultrabay (need a 9.5 mm "Serial Ultrabay Enhanced" caddy - know where to get one?) AND a third SSD in the mSATA slot?  I'm looking at the Samsung 850 Pro 1Tb SSD for the caddy and the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD in the mSATA slot.

 

I suspect you can't vouch for these particular Samsung drives, but is the concept of 3 SSD's valid (main drive bay plus ultrabay plus mSATA slot)?

 

Thanks,

bmatson

 

Moderator note: moved post to its own thread.  Edited subject to match content.  Was:  Re: W520 second SSD installation


Here's my suggestion: (updated)

 

1. Second HDD caddy from Newmodus (link below)

 

http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=555 

 

2. 1TB SSD for use in the Ultrabay

 

Crucial MX200 CT1000MX200SSD1 2.5" 1TB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

 

 The Crucial SSDs offer a very good price/performance vs the Samsung. Crucial has recently released the Storage Executive program to manage their drives.


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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

@harrisb,

 

The m.2 SSD you listed is an 80mm part.  Just looking at the HMM, the m.2 slot appears to be 42mm.

 

The FRU BOM lists the m.2 part thusly: 16G,M.2 2242,SATA6G,SDISK,STD  (as one example). http://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/w541_frubom_20150202.pdf

 

Does that 2280SS part actually fit?

 

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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

No, the M.2 slot is 42mm and most manufacturers have gone to an 80mm form factor. Too bad that the mSata option has been removed on the system. There are drives that are up to 1TB for that configuaration.

 

Sorry for the confustion.


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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

Thanks, all, for the great info.  I too noticed that the larger capacity M2 SSDs were too large for the available slot.  I have opted for just the Samsung 850 Pro SSD (1 TB) - (already had one, probably spent too much compared to comparable Crucial SSD).  Installed using Newmodus ultrabay caddy, which is FAR more expensive than others available on Amazon, but MUCH better quality and finish than other caddys I have bought in the past.  Too bad about the M2 size, as I could really use a 3rd onboard SSD.  I bought a Samsung T1 USB SSD (1 TB) for $460 to use instead, and it works fine (as does the SSD in the ultrabay).

 

Thanks,

bmatson

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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

Hello,

 

I do not have a W541 myself, but am using a T440p with a MyDigitalSSD Super Boot Drive 42mm 2242 SATA III/6G M.2 NGFF SSD (P/N: MDM242-SB-256).  It is an M.2 2242 and seems to work fine with the T440p.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

 

 

 



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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

Aryeh,

 

Are you using this M2 drive as your boot drive?  Also, what are you using in your main HD/SSD slot?  Also, are you using a 3rd SSD by replacing the optical drive in the ultrabay and using an ultrabay caddy to install another (3rd) SSD.  Just curious, since this is my ultimate goal, to get as much SSD storage on-board as possible without having to use up my USB ports.

 

Thanks,

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Message 9 of 16

Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

You might be interested in this:  http://www.computerworld.com/article/2944463/data-storage-solutions/samsung-releases-worlds-first-2t...

 

Thanks to Aryeh's link on FB.

 

Z.


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Re: W541: multiple SSDs?

I have the W541 with two Samsung SSDs in it. 512GB 840 Pro and a 512 GB 850 Pro. I removed the CD/DVD and replaced with the caddy available from Lenovo. Works fine Smiley Happy

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