04-19-2011 02:42 AM
Hi, I'm going to buy a new t520 but was holding on for a hybrid rapiddrive option. As far as I understood it is a SSD on top of
HDD and some new t520 suppose to have it as an option. Problem is: lenovo is very vague about it and i cant find anything to make me sure which one to buy. Yesterday I found a new option of 80G microdrive SSD on top of a usual HDD. It is sound like what I look for but does anyone know is it a rapiddrive or just RAID combo? Will computer handle a combo like a single drive or as a 2 separate units? Any information will be much appreciated.
04-19-2011 04:01 AM
04-19-2011 07:24 AM
"RapidDrive" is one of those marketing/sales terms that means different things depending on where it's being used.
IdeaPad's version of RapidDrive is a hybrid solution where theoretically the speed of SSD is combined with the capacity of HDD to provide the best of both worlds. And it's a software hybrid solution as there isn't any hardware hybrid solution that Lenovo sells.
RapidDrive means something different for ThinkPad; it just means that the system has an SSD (or mSATA) drive and Windows is loaded on this drive. If the system is configured/ordered with the separate HDD as well, then the HDD appears as a separate drive to the user. There is not currently any software for ThinkPad where the SSD (or mSATA) and HDD are combined together in a way that the combo is treated as a single drive.