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T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-19, 4:14 AM

Hello Lenovo community.  I have recently ordered my new T420s with 2GB ram and the stock 250GB 5400rpm Hard drive.  I intend to upgrade both to 8gb ram and 320+ gb of hard disk space.  I want the space of a hard drive and the speed of a ssd (dont we all) and would rather not pay up for an intel 160gb or other. 

 

My question is:  Are there any compatible SSD solutions currently on the market that would fit into the T420s' ExpressCard and Smart  Card ports?  Are these ports bootable?

 

Thanks!

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Re: T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-19, 9:04 AM

You can install an m-SATA SSD to the mobile modem slot.

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Re: T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-19, 10:58 AM
I don't think you can boot from an ExpressCard SSD, and putting storage in the Smart Card slot is like delivering mail to your car keys. :P

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Re: T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-20, 0:44 AM

Interesting.... I like this

 

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=38&Code=43N3412&current-category-id=2478535BAB3C417CA9D77F5867D31462&model-number=4170

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Re: T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-20, 2:03 AM

To answer your question, the Intel 310.

It's 40 GB for 100 dollars, or 80 GB for $190.

 

That's the only one that's widely available, and it's the only one guaranteed to work with the T420s since this is what Lenovo sells anyways.

 

Nothing else is easily accessible as far as mSATA SSD's go, but in the coming months there should be some competition arriving from SuperTalent and Samsung, as well as a couple others (I've seen mention of a different Asian company that makes mSATA SSD's with SandForce controllers, which get 200 read 100 write- a bit better than this Intel but not by much).

 

But yeah- that SATA-to-Ultrabay adapter is the way to go for extra hard drive space if you get a different SSD.

Just be advised that the only game in town for an aftermarket SSD in the main bay is the Intel 320 (it's the only 7mm SSD I've seen, and its write speeds (read speeds are about equal) are pathetic compared to even first-generation SandForce drives, not to mention the Vertex 3 and Intel's own 510, which unfortunately is 9.5mm).

 

So I think the Intel 310 and a 500 GB 7200 RPM 7mm hard drive is your best bet (I think Hitachi makes them).

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Re: T420s HDD+SSD Possible via Express/Smart Card?

2011-04-20, 2:30 AM

Thanks for the info  Q-Ball!

 

So only the Intel 310 would fit into the normal HDD bay of the laptop (with the 500 in the cd bay) ? 

 

Are there any other choices for SSD's that would fit in the standard HDD bay?  I'm aware of the 7mm limit...

 

I think what I want to do is have just one SSD onboard of the laptop, so now I'm just picking wich SSD.   Its got USB 3 and I've got litteraly terribytes of 3.5" hard drives just sitting around waiting to be put into a shiny new enclosure.

 

EDIT: I've got a 3 cell ulra-bay battery on the way and I intend for that to be installed most of the time.  Probably looking for an SSD with a minimum of 60GB of space, but 80 would be nice. Should I look into an Intel X25-M?

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