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Upgrading the ssd in my x220

I would like to upgrade my SSD in my X220 such that if I buy a new laptop, with high likelihood, the SSD can be used in the new model. After consulting a bit I was thinking of getting Samsung 860 EVO 1TB M.2 SATA Internal SSD (MZ-N6E1T0BW) along with QNINE M.2 Adapter to 2.5 SATA Enclosure, B & M Key SATA Based NGFF SSD Converter to 2.5 Inch SATA 3.... to let it fit in my x220. That way in the future, hopefully, I could use the M.2 SSD .


Would that combination work in my x220?

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Re: Upgrading the ssd in my x220

I can't answer your question directly without doing some research. However if I were you, I would consider replacing the HDD with a SSD instead. That's what I did with my X220.


This is what I installed in my X220.

Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD - CT500MX500SSD1(Z)


Here is a 1TB model.

Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD - CT1000MX500SSD1(Z)

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Re: Upgrading the ssd in my x220

@michab wrote:

Would that combination work in my x220?

It should work, since it seems the converter is 7mm high and should fit in the drive bay. However, I don't have 1st hand experience with that combination.


It could also be that some bandwith is lost between the M.2 ssd, the controller and the X220 SATA connector. Probably not very noticeable with normal office and web tasks.




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Re: Upgrading the ssd in my x220

One other thing...while some current ThinkPads support both types of SSD, a good many newer laptop models support only NVMe.  You'll need a SATA SSD for your 220.  It may or may not be usable in some future machine.


Entirely up to you, but the least expensive option that works for you now might be the best choice.  There will also be major perfomance differfences - which may or may not matter to you.  They hypothetical future NVMe SSD in the hypothetical future laptop can be 6x or so as fast as SATA.



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