03-12-2011 11:35 AM
Hello all - I Am considering a SSD upgrade to my 6465-63U machine and wanted some input as to a 256g+ drive. I did not find anything that size at the Lenovo store which I thought would work, so I come here to ask from the experienced ones!
What do you think and what are the recommendations?
TIA - Bo1953
03-13-2011 04:19 PM
The only thing limiting which drive you can use, that be a normal HD or an SSD, is the physical size of the drive itself - it cannot be thicker than 9.5mm. That's the only limit, regardless of which drives are available or recommended by Lenovo.
As for which SSD you'd want, I'd personally recommend a max size of 128GB, since anything more than that is gonna be ridiculously expensive, but feel free. As for which brand or type, I'd recommend reading up on tests - Corsair and Intel are usually good.
03-13-2011 05:51 PM
03-13-2011 11:53 PM
No- SATA III drives automatically downshift to work within the bounds of SATA II drives.
The one thing you need to know is that the T61 has a certain limitation in that it only actually performs at an SATA I level (that's 150 MB/s.)
There exists a workaround BIOS that will enable the full 300 MB/s (it also does other stuff)- just search for 'T61 SATA 2' on Google and you should find it no problem, though beware that it will void any remaining warranties on your machine, and is risky to install (just like any other BIOS upgrade).
So if you use this mod, you'll want something with a Sandforce controller for maximum all-around performance.
Crucial and Intel drives are good too, though the RealSSD C300 is limited somewhat by the fact that you are hooking it to an SATA II interface, and the Intel drive has better boot performance than SandForce drives but lags in pretty much everything else.
Even if you don't perform the mod, the above still holds true.
Be aware that an SSD that's over 160 GB will consume over 350 dollars of your cash.
Also, beware of OCZ. They have an 'issue' with a certain kind of flash (their new drives, the ones whose part number ends in E, are slower and smaller than ones that don't end in E: and even if you buy a "non E model" there are no guarantees that you'll not recieve a handicapped one).
They are a good bit cheaper when it comes to large capacities, though- so you need to decide: cheap or fast.
Also, you should still take a look at the dimensions when you've found a drive you want, though I believe they all come in 9.5 mm sizes. Just don't pick a 3.5" drive.
03-14-2011 05:12 AM
03-14-2011 09:07 AM
03-16-2011 02:04 PM
03-16-2011 04:48 PM
You can't upgrade to SATA III.
You need a modded BIOS on that T61 to run at SATA 3.0 (aka SATA II) speeds.
You can use a 1.8" SSD with a proper adapter. No need to buy a SSD direct from Lenovo, BTW...
03-16-2011 04:51 PM
08-21-2013 01:35 PM
i have a thinkpad T61 and running win 7 home premium dual boot with ubuntu.. would adding the SSD sata II work with my ubuntu since that is what i use most of the time??
really wanting to speed up my computer since a already maxed out my ram and it still crashes when i try playing minecraft (FTB) or starcraft II