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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-08, 17:52 PM

You're correct, I misread and just assumed that we were discussing adding an additional drive rather than just replacing the drive in the HDD bay. I'm gung-ho regarding the ultrabay adapter, jumping in threads guns-a-blazing with links to ultrabay guides.

 

I'll settle down now :P

 

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-08, 17:57 PM

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-08, 18:47 PM

It is now clearer.  The confusion really stems from Lenovo and some vendors referring to the Ultrabay Adapter as a "caddy."  It really is not.  The Thinkpad caddy is the metal device with the rubber rails that carries the internal 2.5-in drive.

 

A 7mm SSD can be mounted in the Thinkpad caddy using the 4 screws.  That aligns the SATA connectors properly.  Then the rubber rails are attached normally the the caddy, not the SSD body.

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-08, 21:50 PM

So what if you have 7mm ruber spacers on a T530 and you want to install a 9.5mm SSD (Intel 330)? Is there a way of modifiying the rubber pieces or anything?
Or at least is there a place you can order the spacers from? Or are they even necessary?
Thanks

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-08, 22:15 PM

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So what if you have 7mm ruber spacers on a T530 and you want to install a 9.5mm SSD (Intel 330)? Is there a way of modifiying the rubber pieces or anything?


I wouldn't try, especially if I wanted to use a HDD, because that might affect the shock absorption characteristics. In any case there's no need to do it because 3rd-party rails are available inexpensively on eBay. I'd imagine Lenovo must also sell them as spare parts although I don't have links. 

 

A couple of examples from eBay:

9.5mm: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Lenovo-ThinkPad-41V9756-Rubber-Rails-T60-T400-/320832545606

7mm:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hard-Drive-Rubber-Rails-for-ibm-lenovo-ThinkPad-X220-X220i-X220s-X220t-7mm-new-/170889993988

 


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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-09, 13:31 PM

Here we go again!  The rubber rails are a component of the internal drive bay caddy.  The SSD, like any other drive, is mounted in the metal tray part of the caddy.  The rubber rails then fit snugly on to that metal tray and the whole enchilada is put in the drive bay.  You don't put the rubber rails directly on the drive body, SSD or HDD.

 

Bottom line - mounting a SSD internally is no different than mounting a HDD.

 

To make things really useful, you can buy a second internal caddy complete with rubber rails.  That will handle drives from 7mm to 12.5mm.  I carry a second, duplicate drive all mounted, up to date, and ready to go when I travel.  It is very reassuring. 

 

 

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-09, 14:21 PM

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Here we go again!  The rubber rails are a component of the internal drive bay caddy.  The SSD, like any other drive, is mounted in the metal tray part of the caddy.  The rubber rails then fit snugly on to that metal tray and the whole enchilada is put in the drive bay.  You don't put the rubber rails directly on the drive body, SSD or HDD.

 

Bottom line - mounting a SSD internally is no different than mounting a HDD. 

 


I'm confused that you seem to think some of us are confused ;)

 

Or maybe I'm just confused about the caddy and rails, and how they fit together. But I don't think so.

 

Didn't I say essentially the same thing above, "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... The rubber rails fit over the exterior of the drive/caddy assembly."?

 

FWIW I just checked the caddy in a T60p. It's slightly less than 9mm thick. That's not a problem with the 9.5mm drives it was intended to work with. But it probably won't work with a 7mm drive in newer ThinkPads whose bay is intended only for 7mm drives. But if you take care to ensure that the caddy you use came with the ThinkPad into which you want to install the HDD/SDD there should be no problem.


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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-09, 16:08 PM

No issue with anything you have said - spot on!  What comes throujgh to me is people trying to attach rubber rails directly to a SSD.  The rails are made to fit the caddy tray, not the drive body.  If a 7mm drive, is placed in the issue caddy tray, and fastened with the 4 side screws, the SATA connectors will line up. The rubber rails will go on the tray as usual.

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Re: T530 Drive Bay

2012-08-13, 17:56 PM

Sorry to bump this thread but I need a confirmation before I order an SSD - a 9.5mm drive will fit in the internal hard drive bay, guaranteed? The user manual seemed to imply it was a possible option for it to be 7mm or 9.5mm. Instead of  specifically 9.5mm with spacers used for 7mm if you chose a drive that was 7mm.

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