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MrNobody
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X301 SSD upgrade procedure

Hi guys, my X301's HD is crapping out and after a series of reading, I bought this Crucial M500 mSata 240 G drive and will get a mSATA to micro-SATA adapter to convert it.

 

Now my question is what type of preparation I need to do for the new drive installation given I have a windows 7 installation disc. I googled but found a few posts back in 2010 talking about firmware update etc. So for newer SDDs, what should I do to prep it?

 

My initial thoughts were too simple, I was thinking just install the drive, format it and install the OS from CD just like any clean installation. Please tell me what procedure I should use to upgrade it.

 

Thanks.

 

PS: if you guys have recommendation for an inexpensive mSATA to micro-SATA converter, please share it with me.  What I saw were from $15ish to $25ish. Thanks a lot.

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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure

Welcome to the forum!

 

No preparation needed. Plug the SSD in and install the OS just like you would on a conventional HDD.

 

Take a look here for more info:

 

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=97946

 

http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo/681991-second-hand-thinkpad-x301-owners-thread.html

 

Happy upgrading.

Cheers,

George




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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure


@MrNobody wrote:

PS: if you guys have recommendation for an inexpensive mSATA to micro-SATA converter, please share it with me.  What I saw were from $15ish to $25ish. Thanks a lot.


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MrNobody
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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure

So essentially you were saying, once I plug the drive in, the computer's gonna automatically recognize it. And I should be able to boot from CD-ROM (with the win 7 disc) and then do the usual installation?

 

Also I've heard that with SSD, it's a bad idea to partition it since every partition is gonna have some space that could not be used, so you waste space by partition the big drive.  Is this still true with current SSD?

 

In HDD era, I tend to partition the drive into 3 parts, one for the OS, one for my program files installation, and left over for documents and media files.  Every time I reinstall OS, I just format that partition without concern about my data files in other partitions. But if with SDD, only one partition, how do you easily reinstall OS? Over the time, your data files are piling up, it takes more time and space to make backups, and also takes much longer to put it back if you format the whole thing to reinstall OS. Confused here.

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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure

You'll get conflicting opinions regarding the partitioning.

 

Some SSDs - mostly the ones with a SandForce controller - require overprovisioning to perform at their best.

 

I've used different approaches and haven't really noticed a difference. Obviously, YMMV.

 

You should defnitely be able to boot from a W7 install disk in the media drive. Make sure that the SATA controller in BIOS is set to a AHCI and not Compatibility before starting the install.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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MrNobody
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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure

Thanks ajkula66, that's exactly what I was asking about "prep" work--"the sata controller setting in bios".  That's the only setting I need to check?

 

And I'm gonna use Crucial M500 mSATA drive. How do I know if it's sandforce controller or not? And what is "overprovisioning"? sorry for all those noob questions. Been out of hardware market for too long.

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Re: X301 SSD upgrade procedure

M500 is not SandForce-based.

 

On the issue of overprovisioning, this is a good read:

 

http://forums.pureoverclock.com/drives-storage/15794-why-overprovision-your-ssd.html

 

And yes, the SATA controller setting in BIOS is the only thing that you really *must* check and adjust if necessary.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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