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Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-08, 10:43 AM

Hi There

 

I just ordered myself an S430 with a 128gb SSD HDD included. I didn't see an option to replace the optical drive with a secondary HDD (e.g. a 500gb) so have the optical drive in as standard. Now, I would have rather changed this out for a secondary HDD or for a Blu-Ray drive, thinking I could do this myself once bought...Looking at other posts it looks like you can swap out the optical drive for a Blu-Ray drive, although I would preferably get a secondary drive over the Blu-Ray, but I'm hesitant over a few things:

 

Is this possible to do myself (swapping out for either secondary HDD or blu-ray drive) without voiding the warranty? (I got it with 2 year warranty)

Is it actually possible to do at all? (swapping out for a secondary HDD)

 

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-14, 16:33 PM

Unfortunately, I have found no hard drives that are compatible for your optical bay.  I do believe the reason you can change out your optical drive is to change to a blue-ray or CD, or DVD, maybe a player or burner. But like I said, I have found no hard drive that can fit in your optical drive.  You may be able to find what I could not but I have been looking all over the web. 

 

I know how you feel, my computer at home can not have any hard drives in the optical bay as well.

 

Best regards,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-08, 13:45 PM

Hello wfdc,

 

Removing the drive will not void the warranty, nor will changing it out.  The only thing to remove is the keyboard which is a customer removable part and the optical drive is also a removable part.  Here is a link to the Hardware Maintenance Manual:

http://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0b48762.pdf

 

I hope this help,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-08, 16:09 PM

Thanks for the swift reply. 

 

Does that mean I can fit in a secondary Hard Drive where the optical drive is? is there anything else I would need to purchase in order to make the switch? I think I have read before of people buying hard-drive bays so that they fit flush, so I was wondering if there is one that would fit in the Edge S430

 

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-08, 21:08 PM

I have yet to find any hard drive that is compatible with your system as a secondary hard drive.  I will keep looking for you though.

Hope this helps,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-14, 16:33 PM

Unfortunately, I have found no hard drives that are compatible for your optical bay.  I do believe the reason you can change out your optical drive is to change to a blue-ray or CD, or DVD, maybe a player or burner. But like I said, I have found no hard drive that can fit in your optical drive.  You may be able to find what I could not but I have been looking all over the web. 

 

I know how you feel, my computer at home can not have any hard drives in the optical bay as well.

 

Best regards,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-14, 19:22 PM

not a problem and thanks for looking!

 

Blu-Ray drive it is then!

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2012-08-14, 19:28 PM

That's no problem at all.

Good choice on the Blue-ray.

 

If you have any more questions, I will see you out on the forums,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

2014-04-14, 11:11 AM

Having just purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad S430 I was wondering if your post is still valid Alex. I too would like to replace the existing Mat**bleep**a UJ8B2 DVD with a caddy and SSD. I see on Ebay adverts (albeit from China) for caddies specific to the Lenovo S430 UJ8B2 therefore was/it the actual size of an SSD that you were refering to.

Thanks for your time

Mike

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