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Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-24, 17:28 PM

Hello all - I have a T61 with Win Vista Pro and want to find out from those with a similar configuration, what type, brand and size SSD have you installed? How easy it was and how does it continue to operate.

 

My current HD is 164g and getting quite crowded and slow...

 

Thanks... bo1953

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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-24, 20:57 PM

Hi bo1953,

 

Crucial SSDs have a good reputation. 

 

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Lenovo-memory/ThinkPad+T+Series/ThinkPad+T61+Series-upgrades.html

 

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-25, 7:56 AM

First some general comments:

 

The T61, like all ThinkPads of its generation, has a disk controller that's limited to SATA-I speeds. Today's SSDs run at SATA-III, but are bacwards compatible with SATA-I and SATA-II. 

 

There is a third party BIOS available that can make the disk controller of 61-series ThinkPads run at SATA-II speeds. Google on "Middletion BIOS" for more information. Note this BIOS is not supported by Lenovo.

 

Before you consider an SSD upgrade, have you already done general housekeeping on your current HDD? This would include activities like delete unused files, delete temporary files, delete old restore points, etc. A good utility for this is CCleaner. Once you do that maintenance make sure to Defragment your HDD. That alone could make a huge improvement in system speed and could recover 10s of GB of space.

 

That said some of the better rated SSDs available today include the Crucial M4, Samsung 830 and Intel 520 series. These SSDs are often on sale at places like newegg.com and tigerdirect.com.

 

FWIW I put a WD 256GB SATA-II SSD in my X61s a couple of years ago. It's been working fine since. System performance, especially boot times, have improved noticeably. WD no longer seems to make SSDs but I'm sure you'll be happy with any of the ones I listed above.



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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-25, 15:23 PM
i have got an Intel 330 180 gigs SSD in my T61, the boot time has dropped from 65 seconds to around 20 seconds. And application start time has also been shortened.

The performance boost in photoshop and illustrator is particularly noticeable.
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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-27, 11:16 AM

[Edited to correct typo in text.  AG]

 

Hello,

 

I have had good results with Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Kingston and MyDigitalSSD SSDs in my ThinkPads.  In particular, I have used both a 64GB Crucial SSD and an 80GB Intel SSD in my T61p and they both seemed to work fine.  A couple of generalizations:

 

  • As pointed out, the latest generation of SSDs operate at faster read/write speeds than the T61-series supports, which is somewhat fixable by installing a modified (non-Lenovo/IBM) BIOS.  I have not done this myself, but from all accounts it seems to work well.  Even if you do not choose to perform this unofficial upgrade, you can still get a faster SSD that operates at the latest speeds.  After all, you might one day get a new computer which fully supports that speed, and you'll be able to re-use the SSD purchased for the T61 in that unit.

  • Most SSDs are sized for laptop computers (even those which go into desktops) and are the same 2.5" size as their HDD counterparts.  However, 2.5" SATA SSDs come in two heights, the standard 9.5mm height and the shorter 7mm height (used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and other very portable computers).

    You might want to consider getting a 7mm high SSD (which sometimes come with a 2.5mm spacer) and should fit fine into the T61's drive bay.  There's typically no difference in pricing that I've seen for the two heights, since the SSDs themselves are actually circuitboards which are even less than 7mm high—the only difference is in the plastic or metal shroud which surrounds them.

    The reason for doing this is, again, future-proofing:  It could be that your next notebook computer only has a 7mm high drive bay, and if you want to re-use your SSD with it, you would need to remove it from its shroud (a warranty-voiding move) and put some kind of insulation around it.  If you go with a 7mm high SSD with a 2.5mm spacer, you can just remove the spacer and the SSD will fit into that new computer without having to do any additional work.


Any SSD that you decide on will be faster than any HDD you install in your T61, but with a little extra planning, you might be able to purchase an SSD that will be re-usable for a longer time.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-08-27, 18:30 PM
Thank you all for your generous input and information. I now have a 'real' starting point for the new drive. Someone offered to install a 256g ssd installed and Am concerned about the issues raised here. I will inquire further about the depth and bios set up. It is a god idea that I consider moving this drive to a new system as such I want to get the largest drive I can afford now, without sacrificing quality or data in the process. Thanks again and I look forward to more input.
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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed???

2012-09-22, 8:07 AM

I replaced the original HDD with an OCZ Agility-3 in my T61p.

 

Unfortunatelly the nVidia died on my board ...

 

The SSD is now into an external enclosure because I needed to access my files.

 

 

I also ran a while form a Momentux XT - hybrid - and speed was considerably faster than the original disk. the Momentus became my second drive, inside the Ultrabay, using a no-name e-Bay-bought adapter. running the OS and apps from the SSD and document content from the hybrid is extremely speedy.

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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed??? *UPDATE*

2012-11-09, 20:45 PM

Hello All,

 

I had installed a SanDisk Extreme 240g SSD. It does appear to be a bit faster than my 160g HD, but barely. Is this a situation where the SATA mis-match will not show greater boot up times and etc???

 

Or, is there something more I need to do, which the installer did not? I believe my drive was just cloned from one to another.

 

TIA.. Bo1953

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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed??? *UPDATE*

2012-11-10, 1:49 AM

Cloning an OS from a conventional hard drive to SSD is a bad idea.

 

You need a fresh install, and preferably an OS that supports trim which would be Windows 7 or 8.

 

Setting SATA mode to AHCI in BIOS might help as well.

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Re: Type of SSD Have You Installed??? *UPDATE*

2012-11-16, 17:57 PM

I installed a Crucial M4 256 Gb SSD in my Thinkpad T60p about 3 months ago (and also one in my desktop PC). It's excellent. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 and it boots up in about 30 seconds. Windows 7 TRIM function works, but I needed to switch off automatic defragmentation. All programs seem to load instantly and it has given this T60p a new lease of life. It clearly boots a bit slower than my desktop PC but the latter has SATA 3 connectors which would be the reason. There are 2 further advantages apart from speed - the battery life has improved, and it runs quieter. I considered putting the old HD in an Ultrabay adapter but instead I've put it into a USB caddy (powered from the USB port) if I need extra storage, which I haven't needed yet. Highly recommended.

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