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Thinkpad T480 + 128Gb SSD + 1Tb SSD

2018-04-20, 14:57 PM

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.

 

Thanks

Dave

 

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Re: Thinkpad T480 + 128Gb SSD + 1Tb SSD

2018-04-20, 18:12 PM

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?

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Re: Thinkpad T480 + 128Gb SSD + 1Tb SSD

2018-04-20, 19:00 PM

Hmm.

 

LiveChat says the 128Gb does go in the 2.5 bay 

And it's not possible to configure the T480 with the 128Gb SSD in WLAN/SSD slot

 

Oh well

 

Thanks all

 

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Re: Thinkpad T480 + 128Gb SSD + 1Tb SSD

2018-04-20, 19:03 PM

What if you get a 500GB SATA HDD + 128GB. Then the 128 will have to be in the WWAN. No?

 

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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. 

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Re: Thinkpad T480 + 128Gb SSD + 1Tb SSD

2018-07-01, 16:09 PM

Dont get an IBM drive, they are awful. Get one from a reputable place and save yourself hours of support calls.

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