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09-24-2009

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To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-01, 9:19 AM

Hi, I'm looking at getting a T400s.  Does anyone recommend the 128GB SSD? Or the 250GB 5400RPM platter drive?  Price is irrelevant for me.    Are people impressed with the SSD?  Has anyone directly compared it to the normal platter drive to see which is faster in general?

 

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08-11-2009

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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-01, 11:53 AM

I cannot never recommend You enough to go for SSD. It's so fast!!

I first had The 170gb 7200rpm and then bough a Vertex 120gb drive and I just couldn't recognize my machine! The speed increase is huge.

 

However: I would not Buy it from Lenovo. It's way too expensive. Buy a OCZ vertex or an Intel, You will get a longer warranty and they are much faster than some tired SSD drives that manufacturers put in their laptops.

 

Since price is not an issue, Google The latest drive and go for a 256 or 512gb drive. The 256 might still be cheaper than The 128gb offered by lenovo.

 

And Since we're at it, I recommend You Buy The SATA ultrabay option (it's expensive for what it is made off but cheap for the service it provides). You could put your 250GB 5400RPM that you buy through lenovo in the bay and You have 2 hard disks. The 250GB 5400RPM could serve as extra storage and/or backup device!

 

I use Windows 7 backup tool in such a configuration on my T500 and It's brilliant.

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12-01-2009

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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-01, 17:09 PM

Answer is simple, just take SSD, forget about standard HDD, difference is like day and night.

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Lenovo T440s, 20AQ0067MC, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD 250 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T430s, 2356LQG, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 520 SSD 180 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T420s, 4171-6SG, Windows 8 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 320 SSD 120 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T400s, 2808-CYG, Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-01, 20:41 PM

Thanks for the help.  If I got a SATA UltraBay for a 250GB 5400RPM that mean I have to remove my DVD drive to use it?

 

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2009-12-01, 22:12 PM

yes...since there's only one ultrabay

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09-10-2009

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2009-12-02, 7:12 AM

Buy the SATA HDD. Get an Intel X18M SDD. Get the ultrabay tray. Move your HDD over to it and image it to the X18M. Once all works, reformat your HDD and you have a fast main drive, and a 500GB data drive.  You can put in the DVD when you need it (I put mine in about once per week).

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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-02, 9:31 AM

don't be worry about the DVD drive, you will almost never use it anyway. I used mine one time in 7 months to install windows 7 and that was it!

if you regularly use a CD/DVD, I'll suggest you make a ISO image of the disk and use a CD/DVD emulator (I use Virtual Clonedrive which works with Win7 32/64bits)

as for the choice of the SSD drive, it's up to you, there are many websites that compare these drives, your budget will make the final decision. for performance, OCZ and Intel are highly regarded.

 

if money is a problem, I'd still go for a top of the range SSD and take a slower CPU forget about the ATI GPU (intel GPU does just fine with windows and aero), you will barely see the difference, assuming you don't play games.

 

Good luck and enjoy.

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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-02, 13:03 PM

Well but correct me if im wrong, in T400s there is a 1.8" HDD and ultrabay is for 2.5" devices. i have this ultrabay and i think, you cannot put there 1.8" device, but 2.5" device.

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Lenovo T440s, 20AQ0067MC, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD 250 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T430s, 2356LQG, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 520 SSD 180 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T420s, 4171-6SG, Windows 8 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 320 SSD 120 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T400s, 2808-CYG, Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-02, 13:18 PM

no, the T400 has a 2.5" hd

 

the X series has the 1.8"

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Re: To SSD or not to SSD

2009-12-02, 13:38 PM

No no take care, T400s has definitely 1.8" drive, T400 has 2.5" drive.

 

I have heard, that T400s is in fact X-line model, but there are some "fight" between T and X teams and T400s has been finally announcecd as T-line.

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Lenovo T440s, 20AQ0067MC, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD 250 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T430s, 2356LQG, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 520 SSD 180 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T420s, 4171-6SG, Windows 8 Pro x64 UEFI, Intel 320 SSD 120 GB, 8 GB RAM
Lenovo T400s, 2808-CYG, Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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