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Ecodot
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Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

Hey Lenovo,

I bought a Thinkpad Edge S430 and wonder if it is possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

 

Regards,

Mikael

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

Hello Ecodot,

Yes, it is possible to switch out the HDD with a SDD.
Depending on the S430 you have you can do a mSATA SDD(S430 Optimus) or SDD.

If you would like to look more into the type here is a helpful link(S430 psref): http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/edgebook_WE.pdf

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

hello there!

 

I have an additional question regarding the msata.

 

can i upgrade the msata myself to a bigger model like, say a 128 crucial m4 msata, use that as my hard drive for installing the OS on and use the normal hard drive as secondary disk? For that i must be able to adress the msata somehow but for now i dont see it in the file explorer...

 

I got the s430 with core i5, dedicated graphics card and msata, can i switch the msata for a wwan module and use the internal SIM slot so i dont need an external WWAN adapter?

 

thanks and looking forward to an answer!!

 

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

Hello I-think,

 

Yes you can upgrade the mSATA yourself, this is a Customer replaceable part.  And The crucial mSATA is usually a good one for Lenovo laptops, I haven't heard anything about no compatibility, yet.  Also, yes you can have the OS on the mSATA and the HDD as a secondary disk.

 

1)For a few less steps, Take out the Hard drive you want to use as a secondary disk.

2)To load the OS onto the mSATA you would first need to boot into BIOS and make the mSATA first in the boot order.

3)Exit out of BIOS and Load your OS from the CD or USB or whatever means you plan on using.

4)Follow the installation instructions.

 

Also, Yes, you can switch the mSATA for the WWAN module because the mSATA is actually in a WWAN slot. There is just an extra connector to connect it as a mSATA. 

Unfortunately, I do not understand the rest of your last question about the SIM card slot. Could you please reiterate.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

hey thanks for that answer!

 

actually i already ordered the bigger msata (and 16GB of ram to go with it) because i couldn't wait Smiley Happy

as soon as i have it in my hands and installed, i will report back how it went.

 

regarding the rest of my question i was just asking if it is possible to switch the msata for a wwan and use it, because sometimes laptops come without the possibility to upgrade lateron, because the antenna in the display is lacking...

 

but first i will take care of that bigger msata...

 

thanks again!

 

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

That sounds good with me, definitely let us know how it goes.

 

I see what you are saying, but to let you know the WWAN when you buy it, you can buy and install new antennas when you decide to switch it up. If this is something that you want to do, in the future anyways. Smiley Wink

 

I hope this helps,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

hi again,

 

so, i got the RAM and the msata. RAM works flawlessly, really nice. problem comes with the msata. 

 

i created a bootable usb stick (16GB sandisk cruzer blade) with the lenovo recovery tool. then i installed the new msata, removed the harddrive, changed the boot priority (everything as you recommended) and rebooted. then i temporarily changed the boot device to usb hard drive. but now, nothing happens. nada. changed loads of things in the bios (something with legacy boot mode or so) but nothing.

 

any good ideas what to do?

 

everythings appreciated!

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

Ok, I want you to recreate the Bootable USB.

 

Here is where the download is for the Diagnostics tool:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS028698

 

Follow this to create the media:

All data will be lost on the USB Key that you use to create the Lenovo Linux Diagnostics.

To create Bootable USB on windows,download the bootable diagnostics image from the Lenovo website. The instructions for downloading the image is found on the same webpage as this readme file.

  1. Copy the Bootable-generator-10.exe file and the image file (for example, linux-bootable-cd-14.iso) into one folder
  2. Plug the USB Key into your computer
  3. Log in to Windows and launch command window with Administrator privilege
  4. Navigate to the folder where the you copied the two files run this command: bootable-generator-10.exe --create -l <Drive Title> -u <Drive Letter> -f <Image name> Where
    • <Drive Title> is the new name for the USB Key
    • <Drive Letter> is the assigned drive letter of your USB key
    • <Image name> is the name of the bootable diagnostics image file
    For example If the USB key you has been assigned as Drive "I" by Windows, and the image you downloaded is "linux-bootable-cd-14.iso", and you name the USB key "bootablelinux", the command would read as follows: bootable-generator-10.exe --create -l bootablelinux -u i -f linux-bootable-cd-14.iso
  5. At the prompt, type "y" and press the "Enter" key to format the USB Key and start to create the bootable diagnostics tool

Please note:

SATA Controller Mode needs to be set to AHCI in system BIOS if the system doesn't use UEFI BIOS for storage device related diagnostics functions

 

I hope this helps,

 

Alex


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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

thx for the reply, but at the moment i dont see, how this diagnostics tool is going to help me install the OS on the mSATA....

 

I already created one recovery media with the lenovo tool on my USB stick, and that stick is not supported to boot from as it seems...

 

could you explain, how i can change that with the method you described?

 

thx in advance and i appreciate you take your time to help me!

 

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Re: Thinkpad Edge S430 - is it possible to replace the hdd with a ssd?

With the USB out of the computer can you try and go to your desktop and click start, go into the computer tab on the start menu. On the computer tab screen, do you see a Q. drive?

 

Alex


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