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How to replace hard drive in ThinkPad X201 Tablet running Windows 7 64-bit

I have a ThinkPad X201 Tablet running Windows 7 64-bit. Model 0831CTO.


The solid state hard drive is almost always at 90% usage. It shows 136.16 GB as its size (odd size, I know, but that is what is shows.


I want to upgrade to a larger HD, perhaps 500 GB SSD. I also want to up grade because I've been getting blue screen of death lately. So something is failing.


i have not been able to find out a couple things that I need to know to do this:


1. Do I only need a 2.5" SDD. I recall my old ThinkPad tablet used a 1.8 hard drive which made it nearly impossible to upgrade.


2. What is the process in upgrading and changing this out so I ensure I get all my programs and all the original ThinkPad software put onto the new drive.


Thank you for your help.




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Re: How to replace hard drive in ThinkPad X201 Tablet running Windows 7 64-bit

Hi, btownsend


I found the Personal Systems Reference for your machine, which you can also see here (X201T section begins on page CML3-7). According to this, the standard SATA port for disk drives in the X201T takes a 2.5 inch drive, so any drive compatible with SATA 3.0 that is 2.5 inches x 9 mm should work fine. 


As for moving things to the new drive, I would either use backup discs or a backup USB drive to save everything and then use that media to refresh everything once the new drive is installed.


Hope it helps,

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