10-25-2013 08:52 AM - edited 10-25-2013 08:54 AM
I have a x230 with a 320gb HDD (7500 rpm) and want to replace it with a SSD to have a completely silent machine.
Right now, most of the time the only noise I hear from the machine is the HDD spinning and TP Fancontrol shows that mostly the fans aren't spinning at all. I can afford a 128gb SSD but I am confused if I should replace the HDD with a SSD or supplement it with a mSATA SSD and install Windows there, instead. The latter would of course give me 320gb of HDD space, which would be nice, but my priority is silence, so I need to know if the HDD can be powered down completely except when I need files from it? If the HDD wakes up now and then because of some hidden windows process I can't control, I would rather just go with a regular SSD instead of the mSATA SSD. I can live with less space.
Does anyone have experience with this?
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11-05-2013 12:58 AM
Well, I bought a regular 120gb SSD and replaced the HDD. The x230 is dead quit now (except some very faint high pitched static noise I can hear from the processor area when I hold my ear down to it).
11-05-2013 06:47 AM
11-05-2013 10:30 PM
If you install your OS and apps on the mSATA ssd and just use the HDD for file storage then I think the HDD will only spin up when you access those specific files.
The Control Panel (Power Options) and Lenovo Power Manager have settings for the hard drive to turn off after a period of inactivity. However, the settings apply to all drives. Individual hard drives do not have separate settings. I believe that the system won't shut down the hard drive as long as there is activity happening on an mSATA SSD.
11-06-2013 05:28 AM
Individual hard drives do not have separate settings. I believe that the system won't shut down the hard drive as long as there is activity happening on an mSATA SSD.Thanks guys.
Yes, that was what I feared. And after I talked to a Lenovo supporter here in Denmark and was told that installing the mSATA SSD would void my guarantee, I played it safe and got a "standard" 120gb SSD and swapped out the HDD as mentioned.
Now my x230 is blissfully silent! Worth every penny. Speed and ruggedness (not having to wait for standby mode to kick in before stuffing the computer in a bag is great) are welcome bonusses, and having my rarely used files on an external drive is perfectly fine.
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