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11-26-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-01, 16:15 PM

I think that is a perfectly good plan. The power draw for msata is generally less than SSD by a watt or 2. But it depends a lot on the SSD. Intel are known to have low power needs. Looks like you chose well with the Samsung.

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12-02-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-02, 5:48 AM

Hello all

 

So I'm new here and just ordered a Thinkpad Twist. I've got a few questions, some of them might be dumb, but I'd appreciate any help. So I ordered the i7 model with the 500 GB HDD and it comes with a 24 GB mSATA right? is that where the OS is installed and boots from? and if I were to take out the HDD and install an SSD would that drastically improve my boot time and battery life?

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-02, 20:12 PM

The OS is installed on the 500gb drive. The msata drive is used for quickboot and caching. Battery life can be improved with an SSD but it does depend on the power requirements of the SSD.  Another option is to replace the msata drive and install the OS there. If you replace the 500gb drive with an SSD, then you will still be using the msata for caching and that is arguably pointless.

 

 As a side note and not knowing the status of your order... are you sure you need the 200mhz speed increase that the i7gives you?  The i7 in this application has no additional cores.

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12-02-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-03, 4:48 AM

thanks disco! and my order has already been placed, although the estimated ship date got pushed back by over a month. I got the i7 configuration because I wanted the 8GB of RAM and they went together. since the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard I could't upgrade that if I wanted. so what you're saying is that a better option would be to install a bigger mSATA drive to put the OS on and use the HDD for stuff like videos, music, and photos?

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-04, 1:28 AM

I have not actually heard of anyone upgrading the msata drive for use as the boot drive in the twist. However, I see no reason why it will not work as expected. I have a 256 msata on the way to do just that.  I will report back when I know.  I am saying this because I do not want to suggest something I have not actually done. 

My intention is to use the msata exclusively without a secondary drive. Battery life should be decently improved. I do not really need more storage than that for this PC.  Amazon and newegg have the Crucial msata for $169 today btw.

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11-22-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-04, 3:50 AM

That is a great price of $169 on the crucial m4 256gb. crucial website has it at $206. usually not much delta btwn amazon and crucial website. I've been contemplating also replacing the 24gb msata with a 256gb msata and using that for Windows 8, my primary applications and some frequently used data (and also leaving the 500gb hdd installed for longer-term capacity needs). right now, i'm just running off the 500gb stock hdd. Please let us know how your msata upgrade goes. everything I've read on it would suggest it should work fine.

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-05, 0:51 AM

One nice thing about Newegg. Ordered it yesterday, got it today.  So after about 30 minutes (I had already backed up using Windows8 backup) I had the new msata drive in, running and was already deleting the crapware.  So, I can at least report that you can absolutely replace the msata drive on the twist and run it as your boot drive (or in my case, as the only drive). I will of course have to report back on battery life.  But right now, it is more responsive and I am happy with the upgrade.  Btw, with nothing installed and some of the crap uninstalled, I have 216GB free.

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11-03-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-05, 16:49 PM

Hi everyone, so I got a 512gb SSD that is also 7mm for the Twist, been testing the battery life, using the same settings I had before, it simple extended the battery life about 30-55 mins, for me it's not a big difference, so I'm going to just return the SSD and keep it with the HD.

 

I also noticed although boot up time increased about 5 seconds faster, that 5 seconds will not 'kill' me waiting that I can justify an upgrade to SSD (it's the Crucial m4 512gb 7mm, which has a lot of good reviews on it).

 

So, for my purposes, I am not seeing too much of a benefit.

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11-30-2012

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-07, 4:36 AM

I just took out the msata drive, I will let you know what it does power wise to the laptop. IN my case it wasn't being used anyways since my laptop didn't have the express software installed.

also mdifilm i have one of those M4s in my last laptop (a HP TM2T) and i didn't notice almost any difference in power consumption. The 840 pro uses significantly less power and costs only a little more.  but to each theri own, i have never had the Msata functioning as cache to compare the HDD/msata setup to a complete SSD setup.
M4:
Power Consumption (Idle)
< 85 mW

Power Consumption (Active)
0.16W

840 pro:
Power Consumption (Idle)
0.054W

Power Consumption (Active)
0.069W

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Re: Thinkpad Twist HD Upgrade to SSD

2012-12-08, 5:08 AM

I can confirm that I am getting up to 6.5 hours of run time with my current configuration. I am using a 256GB Crucial msata drive only. The hard drive bay is empty.  Yesterday with mixed use of internet, a couple of downloads, playing maybe 20 minutes of music and a couple of YouTube videos and letting it sleep for 2 hours in between, I got right at 6.25 hours of actual use.

 

Today, I am right now at 5 hours of constant on and I still have 1.75 hours showing on the meter.

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