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Seeking advice to upgrade T61 to 1TB HDD

2010-01-25, 19:47 PM

I want to upgrade my T61 to 1TB HDD. I considered WD Scorpio Blue. However it appears that this hard disk is thicker that 320 WD.


My question is whether this hard disk would can be use with T61.


If not then which hard dsik should one use to upgrade to 1 TB.

ThinkPad T61, (7658CTO), T7500, Integrated Graphics, 320 GB HDD, 3 GB RAM, 1 GB Intel Turbo Memory, Vista (32 bit) Business

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Re: Seeking advice to upgrade T61 to 1TB HDD

2010-01-26, 0:35 AM

you can only fit 9.5 mm hdd in your T61, and the largest capacity in that format is around 500 gig. If you want 1 TB you would have to get an ultrabay slim hdd adapter, and get 2 x 500 gig hdd, but you will lose the ability to run the optical drive.


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Re: Seeking advice to upgrade T61 to 1TB HDD

2010-01-27, 1:56 AM



If not then which hard dsik should one use to upgrade to 1 TB.

At this point in time there are no 1TB drives that will fit into a T61 (or most other laptops).  They will come over time, but I suspect not very soon.





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Re: Seeking advice to upgrade T61 to 1TB HDD

2010-01-30, 19:47 PM

I have a T61, new August 2008.  I believe that it is the same CTO model as yours.  It came with a 160 gig HD, Fujitsu.  Dec. 2009 I purchased a WD Scorpio blue 640 gig hd.  I swapped out the hd, did a fresh install of Win XP pro using restore CDs provided by Lenovo, and everything worked fine.


I started another thread over a year ago on this forum, concerning the inability of my machine to consistently recognize USB devices (like thumb drives).  With the new install (and all XP and Thinkpad updates), that problem was solved, sort of.  For each new device I could NOT allow automatic install.  I had to direct the install process to Windows/INF sub-directory each time, twice.  Not once.  Twice.  For  Logitech wireless mouse, four times.


Anyway, that's a bit off topic.


The WD 640 at $90 was a great buy.  Though you might pay a bit more just now, the upgrade is well worth it.  I buy stuff like that through Newegg or Amazon.





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