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amanzoor77
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T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

Hello Guys,

I already have "ThinkPad 1TB SAMSUNG PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD" part # Part No: 4XB0N10301 , so i am wondering if i order T480 with 500 GB HDD to save some money and then replace HDD  with 1 TB Samsung SSD. Will it wok? 

 

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Manzoor

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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

Technically, yes. However I see it has a specific assembly to connect the m.2 drive. Looks like a special caddy where the SATA drive normally is.
I do not know if the t480 comes with it if it has a regular SATA drive can someone please confirm?
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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

T480 could be ordered with one of three types of disks:

- 2.5" wide HDD SATA3 7mm high.

- 2.5" wide SSD SATA3 7mm high.

- M.2 2280 SSD PCIe NVMe.

 

First two require a different cable and adapter, than third one. Moreover, you can order a 128GB M.2 2242 SSD PCIe x2 NVMe disk instead of LTE modem. If you order a HDD, you can also order an 16GB Intel Optane PCIe NVMe cache disk (installed in LTE modem port).

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Anonymous_User
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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

Indeed, this will work.
But be advised that Lenovo was so kind and limited the bandwidth of the NVMe to SATA adapter for the M.2 NVMe storage.

I do not understand why you would want such a bottleneck or even a 2.5" drive bay for an outdated storage standard, but you may notice greatly improved storage performance when you use the 1TB Samsung in a proper PCIe slot.
amanzoor77
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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

Hello,
Thanks. Totally agreed with your comments that even with adapter we will be getting limited SATA speed. I did not think about that.

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otheos
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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

Hello, it is not limitted to SATA speeds. The PCIe for storage has 2 instead of 4 lanes. This means that the speed is limited to 1800/1500 read/write. Clearly not the same as 550/500. 

 

Having said that, unless you do some very specific work with your laptop (editing massive 4K videos, running databases or multiple VMs), you will not feel the difference in everyday life. This is not because it is limited to 2x. The difference is not felt even between SATA and 4x PCIe. This is because the SATA SSDs are blistering fast for normal use already. 

 

So whether you spend money to go PCIe or stay with SATA has to do with your use. If you need it, then you will see a difference and it's worth the extra. If you just want it to be "high end" then you won't see much difference. 

Thinkpad T480s, Thinkpad T460p
paulvill76
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Re: T480 with sata hdd upgrade to 1 TB NVMe

I bought Crucial 500Gb M.2 NVMe drive , however after changing it from the original 256 M.2 NVMe Gb Drive still can't make it work , comparting both modules the original M.2 NVMe has 10 pins and the new Crucial 500Gb M.2 NVMe has all pins,

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