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apache666
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Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Hello to everybody,

Recently I have bought a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 and I want to increase the memory, (by default is 4 GB) to 8GB or 16 GB. if it is possible.

 

My question is if this laptop support without any problems or errors 16GB RAM of memory, because officially it is only 8GB.RAM, but I have seen on internet, people with 16GB Ram in this laptop, Are there any problem with this? If so, upgrade to 10GB or 12GB RAM would be posible instead?

 

Also I want to increase the capacity in my laptop (by default is 320 GB.HDD), and I want to put a 500 GB SSD Disc, and if is possible to maintain both the Hard Disc anda SSD Disc, it would be possible to put SSD Disc into the PCI Express slot and mantain the Hard Disc at the same time. Or the only possibility is to replace the Hard Disc for a SSD Disc?

Thank you very much,

Regards.

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Welcome to the forum!

 


@apache666 wrote:

by default is 4 GB) to 8GB or 16 GB. if it is possible. 


16GB (2x 8GB) is perfectly possible, you need DDR3 12800 SODIMM RAM, avoid any no-name brand or any model that has the word "Value" or "Economy" on it.

 


@apache666 wrote:

if is possible to maintain both the Hard Disc anda SSD Disc, it would be possible to put SSD Disc into the PCI Express slot and mantain the Hard Disc at the same time. Or the only possibility is to replace the Hard Disc for a SSD Disc?

 


Yes. You can put a mSata SSD in the WWAN slot and keep the HDD in the 2.5" bay.

 

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apache666
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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Ok, thank you very much for the answer.I 

 

I meant to put a SSD Disk in the outside slot PCI Express, the half-height slot card that is ~28mm long, here: https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/5snw8a/x230_dat_express_card_all_the_usb3_ports/

 

Not in the inside slot used for the WWAN Card. But I see in this other post that it is very difficult or not possible: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/X220-mSATA-SSD-amp-ExpressCard-Questions/td-p...

 

And also I want to maintain my WWAN Card for 3G Sims.

Maybe the best option is to put only one 7 mm. SSD disc in the 2.5 bay ,with more capacity 500 GB. and remove the Hard Disk of 320GB...

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Hello,

 

Instead of using an ExpressCard SSD (which were made by a few companies like Wintec many years ago, and now hard to find and expensive) , I would suggest using an ExpressCard to SD Card adapter with a SD Card.  ExpressCard to SD Card adapters can have either a native USB 2.0 or a native PCIe interface; make sure you get one with the faster PCIe interface, as USB 2.0 is going to feel very sluggish in terms of performance.

 

For SSDs, several companies like Angelbird and Micron now offer 8TB SSDs that will fit in an X220, which are the largest I am aware of.  They are still very expensive, though.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220


@apache666 wrote:

 

Maybe the best option is to put only one 7 mm. SSD disc in the 2.5 bay ,with more capacity 500 GB. and remove the Hard Disk of 320GB...


I believe that is best option. That is what I did for my X220, install a 500 GB SSD disk in the 7 mm drive slot, replacing the HDD.

 

The X220 supports up to 16GB of RAM, but I read if you want to run RAM at the full possible speed of 1866 MT/S, then you have to have BIOS version 1.29 or earlier. Later BIOS versions are reported to throttle the speed back to 1333 MT/S.

 

Earlier this year I bought from Amazon: Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3/DDR3L 1866 MT/s (PC3-14900) Unbuffered SODIMM 204-Pin Memory - CT2K102464BF186D and installed this kit in my X220 (bios version 1.26). CPU-Z reports the RAM as running at 1866.

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Thanks, thanks a lot for the information.

 

Yes, it was that suggested me the seller, replace the Hard Disk for a SSD Disc, he offered me a 500 GB SSD Disc for only 65€ ,and maybe I will aceppt.

 

As for the memory, I think that I will put first only one module of 8GB obtaining 10GB (8Gb + 2 Gb) and to check the perfomance , if it works fine, I will put 16 GB.

Yes I have seen these Crucial memory modules in Amazon, but I prefer best known manufactures as Samsung or Kingston. I don't know the version of my BIOS, I think it was updated for the seller, but in any case it can be downgraded to the old version, not?

 

A last question, you feel best perfomance and speed with more memory or rather replacing the Hard Disk by a SSD Disk?

 

Thanks you very much,

Kind Regards.

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220


@apache666 wrote:

I don't know the version of my BIOS, I think it was updated for the seller, but in any case it can be downgraded to the old version, not?

 

A last question, you feel best perfomance and speed with more memory or rather replacing the Hard Disk by a SSD Disk?

 


Please note the following regarding BIOS update version 1.42:

CHANGES IN THIS RELEASE
  Version 1.42

[Important updates]
- Security fix addresses LEN-2015-002 SMM "Incursion" Attack and some security
  fixes.

  (Note)
  If the UEFI BIOS has been updated to version 1.42 or higher, it is no longer
  able to roll back to the version before 1.42 for security improvement.

I had 8 GB of RAM installed for awhile (2 x 4 GB sticks), but I was getting memory errors after several years. I installed the 2 x 8 GB sticks and the 500 GB SSD at the same time. I suspect the 500 GB SSD made more difference.

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

And finally I bought a Crucial 8GB. memory module, I didn't find another better in Amazon, another kingston module was marked as "ValueRAM" and it was very expensive. Crucial module is 1600 MT/s, but the other 2 GB module(by default in my PC) is 1300 MT/s . I hope don't have problems with this combination of 10 GB (8GB+2GB) . I am going to check the version of my BIOS and I will say it here.

 

In a few months if I don't have problems I will buy both, a SSD Disc, and other 8GB memory module at the same time.

 

This computer is awesome, this model Thinkpad X220 have 7 years and it resists 16 GB.RAM!!. Only a few laptops with 7 years can support 16 GB RAM,a 500 GB SSD Disc,64 bits and and so many configuration options that offers this Laptop. Is incredible.

Thank you Lenovo for this laptop!

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Re: Upgrade memory and capacity in Lenovo Thinkpad X220

I'm with you on being happy with my X220 and thanks all for the advice on memory upgrades.  I put a Seagate 1 TB in mine and it's fast enough for most things.

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