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lenovo x61t Hard Drives

2008-07-10, 20:04 PM

My College requires everyone to have a tablet PC and i bought the x61t because my research indicates its the best tablet on the market and also because the university  worked up a deal with lenovo giving students who want to purchase a lenevo tablet a pretty steep discount. The only problem is that the package the university has worked up with lenovo includes a miniscule 80 GB hard drive. I would like to install 200 GB hard drive if not a 320 or 250. My question is will any standard 2.5" SATA hard drive work in the x61t?

 

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Re: lenovo x61t Hard Drives

2008-07-10, 23:51 PM

Please kindly disregard most of the above post, and install any SATA 2.5 HDD that you like and can afford...

 

a) You're not going to void warranty on your machine, but your new HDD won't be covered by Lenovo in the case of failure. However, most HDD manufacturers have good warranties of their own. In most cases, you are advised not to send in the hard drive with the machine going for a depot repair anyway...

 

b) The only ThinkPads that have suffered from error messages regarding hard drives were T43/p, R52 and X41. Not any others. Period. 

 

c) Firmware exists for most drives on the market, Hitachi and Fujitsu probably being the best supported. Not that you're likely to notice any difference anyway, but...just in case.

 

d) I have a 160Gb/7200 rpm Seagate in my  X60T and am loving every moment of it. I'm sure you will too...

 

Hope this helps

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George




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Re: lenovo x61t Hard Drives

2008-07-10, 22:41 PM
JMO . . . I would never replace parts in a tablet under warrantee with third party provided compatible parts. For your particular example, the issues could include: 
  • ·Lack of support by Lenovo for any issues that could remotely be related to the hard drive
  • ·Possibly void warrantee for other parts if damage was somehow related to the third party part
  • ·Features specific to ThinkPad drives (e.g. security, unload) may not work at all
  • ·The BIOS may flag a warning message for third party drives (although boot up may continue anyway)
  • · May disable Active Protection System (APS)
  • ·Third party manufacturer may not have adapted hard drive firmware for specific ThinkPad features
 80 Gb seems very low for heavy users, so consider attaching a second hard drive.   Many of the USB drives are priced very reasonably.   If you insist on using a third party drive, I believe there is a Thinkpad compatible list somewhere on thinkwiki.org.  

 

JEE

Message Edited by ctoys on 07-10-2008 03:42 PM
Full disclosure: Not a Lenovo employee, just someone with a X61 running Win XP SP2
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Re: lenovo x61t Hard Drives

2008-07-10, 23:51 PM

Please kindly disregard most of the above post, and install any SATA 2.5 HDD that you like and can afford...

 

a) You're not going to void warranty on your machine, but your new HDD won't be covered by Lenovo in the case of failure. However, most HDD manufacturers have good warranties of their own. In most cases, you are advised not to send in the hard drive with the machine going for a depot repair anyway...

 

b) The only ThinkPads that have suffered from error messages regarding hard drives were T43/p, R52 and X41. Not any others. Period. 

 

c) Firmware exists for most drives on the market, Hitachi and Fujitsu probably being the best supported. Not that you're likely to notice any difference anyway, but...just in case.

 

d) I have a 160Gb/7200 rpm Seagate in my  X60T and am loving every moment of it. I'm sure you will too...

 

Hope this helps

Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

Non-ThinkPads: Panasonic CF-31 & CF-52, HP 8760W




Starting Thursday, 08/14/2014 I'll be away from the forums until further notice. Please do NOT send private messages since I won't be able to read them. Thank you.
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Re: lenovo x61t Hard Drives

2008-07-11, 4:18 AM

If I were you, I would consider 320GB 5400rpm over anything else because 320GB has the biggest platter (probably faster or little slower than 7200rpm with less capacity) and more importantly it's pretty good value--around $100-$120. If you compare to 7200rpm drive with the same price, you will get only 160GB or so. You may check out here.

 

However, in case you don't care spending extra money, there is Western Digital 320GB 7200rpm available recently at $180 as well. I expect this must be very fast!

 

IMHO, change everything you want =) since IBM won't care how many times you take your laptop apart anyway. Just be careful when doing that since some damages don't cover in warranty (rarely, believe me :-P)

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