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Paper Tape
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upgrade to SSD?

I am planning on upgrading my X220T harddrive to a 180GB Intel SSD

Was wondering if anyone had any advice on the subject

I was just goning to follow the guide here: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-Tablet-ThinkPad-Laptops/My-X220t-Clean-Install-Method/td-p/6612...

 

except swap the drive when it comes time to install windows again

 

I would buy the lenovo one but it's far too overpriced so here's the one I'm looking at

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-167-115&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&Purc...

 

compared to

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/webca/LenovoPortal/en_CA/catalog.workflow:item.detai...

 

The non-lenovo one is thicker 9.5mm compared to 6.8mm is that an issue?

The SATA III interface will work right?

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Re: upgrade to SSD?

you won't able to fit a 9.5 mm drive into the X220t without having to do some physical modification, which could potentially invalidate your warranty.
Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
Paper Tape
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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Thanks I've been looking around but it seems like most drives are 9.5mm not 7mm anyone have any suggestions on which one to buy?

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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Intel 520 can be easily modified to become a 7 mm drive.
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Jin Li

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Paper Tape
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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Thanks I really like the specs on it and the reviews are all great but what do you mean by modify? I am not a noob but not a pro either and the 5 year warranty is  abig selling point for me so I wouldn't risk voiding that

 

If I can't find a good intel one I heard Crucial was good as well and they seem to advertise thickness better

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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Crucial M4 is also very good.

http://im.tech2.in.com/gallery/2012/feb/intel_520_ssd_ports_231538258901.jpg

by removing the plastic spacer on the 520, the drive would have a thickness of 7 mm.
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Jin Li

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Paper Tape
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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Thank You so much! That seems perfect!

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Re: upgrade to SSD?

Prior to purchasing any drive with a spacer that you would need to remove, you should check with the manufacturer to confirm that it will not void the warranty on the SSD. With Intel, if you remove the spacer you void the warranty. Additionally, removing the spacer often isn't sufficient as you also need new shorter screws. These screws can be difficult to find.

 

The Samsung 830 (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830-Series-MZ-7PC256N-Internal/dp/B005T3GPXY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=13...) comes as a 7mm thick drive, with a bracket that you may add if you needed to put it in a thicker slot in the future. Additionally, it comes with Norton Ghost and a SATA to USB cable to ease data migration. I suggest you consider the Samsung 830.


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