04-20-2018 07:57 AM
I'm thinking of buying the T480 with 128Gb SSD which I assume fits in the m.2 2242 slot
And buying the ThinkPad 1TB PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD plus the ThinkPad M.2 SSD Tray 1
All this adds up to less then the price of the T480 + 1Tb SSD (some assembly required)
Anyone done this?
Also I'm looking at the base i5/8250 since the bang for buck of the other processors looks marginal.
And I'm going to put Ubuntu on this.
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04-20-2018 11:12 AM
Buy aftermarket PCIe SSD. The Lenovo ones are a bit of a lottery. The 960 Evo is a decent drive.
If you search this forum, you will find threads with all the info you want about this "mod".
Question is, how do you know you will get the 128GB 2242 drive and not a 128GB PCIe in the 2.5 slot? Can you order it without a main (in the 2.5 bay) drive?
04-20-2018 12:03 PM - edited 04-20-2018 12:10 PM
What if you get a 500GB SATA HDD + 128GB. Then the 128 will have to be in the WWAN. No?
I went to the configurator. You need to select a 2.5 drive, you cannot configure it without.
In the UK the 500GB HDD is the base option. Once this is selected you can opt for the 128GB *Secondary* storage, and this is a PCIe SSD in the WWAN for £83 (a bit pricey, but not easy to find similar drives outside of Lenovo).
Now this seems the way to have the 128 in the WWAN. Having said that, and since you will just remove the 500GB HDD to replace it with something else (a SATA or PCIe SSD), you can "upgrade" to a 128GB SATA SSD for £8 or 1TB HDD for £12. The 128GB SATA SSD will be sold easily on ebay and you can recover £30 from it, while the 1TB HDD would make a more sensible USB (external) drive with a £6 USB3 case.
The prices I mention are in UK £ but I hope you get the point in terms of relative value. If I can configure this in the UK I am sure you can do so in the US too.