05-04-2009 11:30 PM
05-04-2009 11:42 PM
05-05-2009 09:17 AM
Hi Ray, Multiple conversations, but you're right, this is getting interesting. Every time I think I've dug up the definitive answer, something or someone causes me to reconsider. Unfortunately, the thinkwiki site has been down for a couple of days & the only cached pages I can access are tantaliingly vague.
FWIW, my current thinking is as follows: The X41T drive controllers are IDE (PATA) & so any new UltraBay drives would need to be PATA despite the fact that there is a SATA ICH Bridge which necessitates a complicated PATA to SATA converter for the internal HDD. On the other hand, quite a large number of people have insisted that a SATA HDD in the UltrBay will be "read" by the system as PATA due to the conversion in the caddy itself. I have a SATA caddy for my T61P & while the DVD drives are interchangeable the HDD caddy won't fit in the X4 dock b/c of the protruding tab (which, as I use it in the T61P, I'm unwilling to snap off).
As I said elesewhere, I just changed my caddy order from SATA to PATA but I will probably await the reults of your trial before buying a new PATA drive to go in it. Please keep us posted!
05-05-2009 12:36 PM
Important to note is that the T43 has P-ATA drives with an P-ATA/S-ATA bridge which the X41, to my knowledge, doesn't have.
You will see in the first post on page two jayober threw caution to the wall and won.
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05-05-2009 02:03 PM
05-05-2009 06:44 PM
Thinkwiki is back up & the two links that relate to PATA & SATA hard drive adapters are these:
The gist, according to my read, is that the OEM is PATA but a SATA adpter *might* work "because the adapter actually bridges the SATA HDD to PATA as those older machines have no SATA support." However, it hasn't been verified that it will work on an X41T/X4 combo yet. So Ray, we await the results of your test!
05-07-2009 02:08 AM
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05-19-2009 08:59 PM
Ray, Many thanks for running this experiment for us - & for documenting the process so carefully! An answer is finally found & a positive one at that. Just ordered a SAT caddy!
05-20-2009 01:15 PM