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There1
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Message 1 of 9

2 Hard drives in a T510?

Hi I was wondering if anyone knows how or even if it's possible.  I'd like to have two hard drives one solid state for my OS and programs I used daily and one for storage purposes.  I don't think my T510 has to drive bays so I was thinking maybe I could get rid of the CD drive and make it into a drive bay with another drive?

Is it possible and how would I go about the process...

Thanks any help is appreciated! Smiley Wink

 

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Message 2 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

T510 can support one HDD in the internal HDD bay, and another one in the ultrabay using this adapter (instead of the CD/DVD drive):  http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkPad_Serial_ATA_Hard_Drive_Bay_Adapter_III

 

There are also aftermarket adapters that will work.

 

T510 does not support mSATA SSD like T520 and T530 do.

CorkyG
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Message 3 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

I have two HDDs (Momentus XT) in my T510 - a 320GB and a 500GB.  The OS drive is the 320, and it is mounted in the internal drive bay.  The 300GB is mounted in the Ultrabay adapter - the newer 12.5mm size that leaves no gap.

 

I carry the optical drive in a padded bag in case it is needed - hasn't been used in over a year!

 

Works great.  Either drive can be an SSD - just a matter of affordability.  The two hybrids do me just fine.

There1
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Message 4 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

"T510 does not support mSATA SSD like T520 and T530 do."

 

^^^^What exactly do you mean by that?   T510 does support SSD just not mSATA?  What does it support if not mSATA?

 

Thanks again.

CorkyG
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Message 5 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

That's correct.  there is no mini SATA connector in the T510 - it hadn't been fielded yet.  The T510 takes standard SSDs with standard SATA connectors.

There1
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Message 6 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

So what's the downside of not being able to support mini sata I hope nothing to do with speed...
stutteringp0et
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Message 7 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

This is incorrect - I'm holding a T510 with an internal MSATA connector right now.  Type 4349-BP9

 

It's in exactly the same place as the connector in my T520

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Message 8 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

I haven't worked on a T510 in a while, but here's what I remember.  Both T520 and T510 machines that have a connector for an optional WWAN card.  On the T520, you can replace the WWAN card by an mSATA SSD.  On the T510, it just won't work.


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Message 9 of 9

Re: 2 Hard drives in a T510?

If you really want storage in that slot on the T510, what you can do is get a miniPCIe to 2 microSD adapter and put in some microSD cards. AFAIK these adapters will run at just USB 2.0 speeds unless someone's made a newer variant by now.

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