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SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41 [ Edited ]

2009-06-05, 15:15 PM

So far I've seen them on eBay (that's where I got mine) and IBM parts (sit down before you look at their price).

 

There's a lot of information about the KingSpec drives over at one of our sister forums. They seem to have better benchmark results, but I'm not sure what that means in terms of real use. They also give you a (harmless but beeping) BIOS error at startup. I'm not sure whether Kingspec supports Windows 7's SSD optimizations.

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41 [ Edited ]

2009-07-29, 10:40 AM

Hi

Would like to bring this thred to the top, has anyone tried out a KingSpec drive in a X41? I'm looking to replace the slow 40gig 4200, and would like to do this with as few quirks as possible, so any info would be much appreciated.

 

Best regards

Morten

 

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-08-21, 18:09 PM

Hi I am new to the forum, and could really do with some help!

 

I have have recently bought the 60GB Lenovo SSD that some of you have had some success with on ebay, but I can't seem to get my x41 to recognise it.

 

It fits perfectly, and I have updated the BIOS and Embedded Controller but when I use the Win 7 RC installation disk, no hard drives are found....

 

any tips or suggestions?

 

Thanks

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-19, 11:01 AM

Hi, I got exactly the same problem with the 41w0736  and a x40-2371,

 

did you fix the problem ??

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-19, 14:07 PM

Hi thinkx41 and 7alex, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!

 

In my case I just popped the SSD in and it was recognized, partitioned, and formatted by the Windows 7 RC install disk, without any special configuration.

 

Check that the drive is properly seated. Does the BIOS see the drive? Do you have another IDE interface to test the SSD with (external adapter, caddy, or other PC)? 

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-19, 17:25 PM

@bananaman,

drive fits and is 100% properly seated (checked in many times...)

and no the bios doesnt see the drive in my case

and I dont have any adapter to test the drive, I only have an usb to ide case for the old 3.5 drives, but they have an extra power connection, so i dont think, that will work,

the 41w0736 ssd has only a 44pin-ide with integrated power supply

 

any suggestion what makes the harddisk-activity-led shine all the time ? short circuit in the drive ?

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-19, 21:15 PM

It's possible you have a bad drive. I suggest either finding something else to test it in, or getting it replaced.

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-19, 21:51 PM

@bananaman:   ok, thanks man, I also think that the drive has a Problem....

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-26, 17:12 PM

Hi guys,

 

I actually got my drive working, but i think it was more by luck than anything else...

 

i updated the bios etc, and kept on putting my new ssd in and out testing to see if it worked. it didnt... then eventually i got frustrated and unscrewed the drive opened it up and just blew on it!

 

I also noticed a really tiny tiny piece of what look like glue on one of the pins and cleaned that up.

 

i think put it back in and then windows 7 recognised it.... success!

 

i haven't had any problems since then... but as I said before i don't really know what I did to make it work other than continously taking the drive in and out. maybe that helped seat it better... your thoughts are welcome!

 

 

 

 

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Re: SSD Solid State Drives: Upgrading the Ultraportable X40 and X41

2009-09-26, 17:40 PM

I've used both the Lenovo Samsung drives and the KingSpec drives in X40s and X41s.  They are hard to seat right.  I've had a couple go in spot on the first time and others I thought didn't even fit at first , although they did eventually.  In my experience, incorrect seating is the most likely reason yours didn't work right at first.

 

However, you cannot discount the possibility that the glue on the pin was preventing the drive from operating correctly.  Since I cannot gauge how small or large it was, it still remains a possible culprit and something for us all to watch for.  Thanks for letting us know about that.  I will defer to others more knowledeable than myself on the possible effects of the bios update.

 

I have a question for those reading these posts.  Should I disable virtual memory if I am using SSDs in XP?  All of my drives are MLCs.

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