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11-22-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-22, 20:20 PM

Also, has anyone opened up their Twist to see the internals? Specifically, has anyone replaced the 24GB mSata SSD with a larger one? I am planning to buy a 128GB mSATA SSD to use as the primary boot drive and load Windows 8 and some applications on it. I want to leave the existing 500GB HDD inside and use that for capacity (e.g., photos, videos, etc.).

 

Is it easy to access the mSATA ssd? I know the regular HDD drive bay is relatively simple to access with one screw on the side edge, but not sure on how to get to the mSATA ssd?

 

Appreciate any input here. Thanks.

 

 

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08-28-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-24, 18:50 PM

7mm

http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/edgebook.pdf

 

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11-26-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-26, 3:36 AM

The msata is very easy to access. Two screws underneath and then push the keyboard forward and back. Fold it back toward you.  The msata drive is sitting right there to the left.  And the bios has the drive listed in the boot options.

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11-26-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-26, 17:59 PM

It is a standard 2.5" drive however it is only 7mm thick not 9mm like most of the cheaper drives are.

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08-28-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-26, 18:31 PM
Average for newest 7mm samsung ssd 840 256GB (not pro) is around $150, not bad.
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10-30-2012

Chicago

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-26, 23:01 PM

Yeah, sorry - shows how much of a noob I am - it is 2.5, just 7mm in height

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11-23-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-28, 5:46 AM

so it's 2.5" 7mm high?  should be possible to pop in a samsung 840 series 500 gb right?  those can be had for a few hundred these days.

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11-28-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-28, 6:52 AM

Hey all,

 

I'm new around here - got my Twist about a week ago with a 500gb mechanical HDD and ordered a Samsung 840 (also 500gb) a couple of days after. It arrived this morning and popped right in with no issues. I had a copy of Windows 8 lying around, and since the computer was practically brand new I just did a fresh install rather than worrying about transferring anything from the old drive. With USB optical drive plugged in, I booted Windows 8 and had it installed in a matter of minutes. This hard drive is fast!

 

I'm typing from the lappy now, with most of the Lenovo drivers installed and absolutely no mucking around with the BIOS. We'll see if there are any issues over the next few days, but I think I'd have seen it by now if something was wrong. I'm a software developer and don't much care about benchmarks, so I don't have numbers for you; I'm more worried about "seat of the pants" performance, because that's what makes my working life easier. The seat of my pants (terrible figure of speech, haha!) says that this upgrade was worth it, in terms of both performance (HDD scores 8.1 on the Windows experience index) and battery life (again, seat of the pants, but that gauge doesn't seem to be dropping nearly as quickly).

 

All in all, it was the easiest upgrade I've ever done, and I've done lots. From both the hardware and software point of view, it was cake. Again, I had the benefit of being able to do a fresh install, so YMMV, but I'm a pretty happy guy over here.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Nik

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11-03-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-28, 14:57 PM

Thanks for the info. How much battery life did the twist last now wth the new ssd?

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11-28-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-11-28, 15:00 PM

Thanks Nick. A paranoid question, you do not need to do anything special to get the touchscreen work?

 

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