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T470 Upgrade HDD to SDD

2020-02-09, 17:35 PM

Hi there,

I have a 2.5" WD SATA HDD in my T470 (20HES1N400) and I'd like to replace this with an SSD. Is the simplest option just to order a Samsung SATA SSD drive like the 860 EVO and swap them out (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-MZ-76E1T0B-EU-Solid-State/dp/B078WST5RK/ref=asc_df_B078WST5RK/#)?

I've also seen people use an adaptive caddy, different cable, and an NVMe M.2 drive but not sure if this is much better, I do use Lightroom but that's about as hard as I push it. 

I guess I can make a Windows recovery drive without any issue...?

Thanks for any pro tips!




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Re: T470 Upgrade HDD to SDD

2020-02-09, 17:47 PM



While we're waiting for the pros...


A SATA drive will max out  at around 500MB/sec or so. NVMe will be limited by the 2 PCIe lanes available in the T470 so 1500MB/sec, maybe a bit more.  Whether you'd see much difference in practice,  I can't say.


You can make a recovery drive locally.  Start with "recovery drive" in the Windows taskbar search box.  You could also download a Lenovo image here:  https://support.lenovo.com/sk/sk/solutions/ht103653?LinkTrack=Solr



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