08-07-2012 07:52 PM
I just ordered a T530, and I'm looking to replace the default 320GB 7200rpm HDD with an SSD. After some research, I'm still somewhat confused about the process. I've seen people post that the T530 only works with 7mm drives, and some say that both 7mm and 9.5mm drives are compatible.
What is the case? If I buy a 7mm drive (such as the Samsung 830 series), do I need to buy any spacer-type thing to fit in the drive bay, or will it work without one?
08-07-2012 08:22 PM
08-08-2012 05:32 AM
If I buy a 7mm drive (such as the Samsung 830 series), do I need to buy any spacer-type thing to fit in the drive bay, or will it work without one?
In addition to what lead_org said, the 830 series SSDs come with user-installable spacers for use in 9.5mm openings. Other makes, e.g. Crucial M4 series, come in 7mm and 9.5mm models. Current 9.5mm SSDs are usually 7mm thick with a factory-installed spacer. You can remove this to get a 7mm drive but then you risk invalidating the warranty.
08-08-2012 05:44 AM
08-08-2012 06:27 AM
Thanks for the clarification. I went by Samsung's own description here, "Included with the drive is ... a mounting spacer so that laptops with traditional 9.5mm drive bays can accommodate the slim profile of this SSD." But that's for the "kit" version of the drive that includes cables, software, etc. They also have a drive-only SKU where all you get is the 7mm drive. On Amazon the difference between the two SKUs is under $5 which makes me wonder why they bother.
not all Samsung 830 comes with spacers, my 7 mm version of the Samsung 830 did not have one.
Also, some of the 9.5 mm SSD on the market can only be converted into a 7 mm drive by removing the some parts of the casing, which voids your warranty. i.e. Intel 330.
I did say, "Current 9.5mm SSDs are usually 7mm thick with a factory-installed spacer. You can remove this to get a 7mm drive but then you risk invalidating the warranty."
08-08-2012 06:53 AM - edited 08-08-2012 06:58 AM
what you mean by spacer is a plastic add on, but some SSD like Intel 330 don't have the plastic part.
On the left is an Intel 9.5 mm ssd with spacer (i.e. Intel 320 or 520), on the right is an Intel 330 SSD with full 9.5 mm thickness and no spacer.
08-08-2012 08:48 AM
I'm confused. I have had T60 series and T500 series, and they both have exactly the same main drive caddy with rubber rails. Are you all saying that SSDs do not have the threaded side holes for mounting in the caddy with 4 screws?
If that is the case, why the spacer bit? Can not SSDs be fastened into the main Lenovo/IBM drive caddy with rubber rails?
08-08-2012 09:10 AM - edited 08-08-2012 09:11 AM
The general HDD caddy/rail design and the installation procedure haven't changed but apparently there are different rubber rails, one for 7mm and the other for 9.5mm thick drives. So you either need to match the rails to the drive thickness or, where the drive comes with a user-removable spacer, adjust the thickness of the drive to match the rails.
08-08-2012 09:48 AM
Take a look at the installation information from page 2-2 in the ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter III User Guide
Maybe that can shed a little more light on some of your questions.
08-08-2012 10:02 AM
I think we're discussing the internal HDD bay in the T530 rather than the Ultrabay and its adapter. For this purpose I think the User Guide for the T530 and/or the HMM would be a better reference.
With the HDD bay installation there are two components, (1) the metal caddy to which the drive attaches with four screws and which has a plastic tab to facilitate the removal of the drive and (2) the rubber rails that fit on either side of the caddy/drive assembly that serve as shock absorbers.
The rubber rails fit over the exterior of the drive/caddy assembly. I presume there are two different part numbers so as to provide a snug fit for either of the two drive thicknesses.
The Ultrabay adapter holds the drive in place by means of a flip-latch rather than the metal caddy and rubber rails.