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Installing own Video cards and hard drives in ThinkStation S20

by on ‎09-07-2010 07:33 PM - edited on ‎07-14-2011 07:17 AM by SuperMod (2,379 Views)



I would like to buy a cheap S20  ThinkStation with a decent processor and then upgrade the hard drives, memory and graphics card myself.


(1) Would it be possible to install an SSD for the OS, then several hard drives in RAID 5 for storage? Is setting that up just a matter of configuring the BIOS correctly? Are the instructions on how to do that?


(2) If I'm doing this, will I lose the Win7 installation that comes with the machine? We have a site license for Windows, so I could just reinstall from that, but would that be a disadvantage (drivers, etc.)?


(3) There's no graphics card in this model. Can I just buy one of those and drop it in, or are there any issues there?






(1)   Yes.   Complete instructions for RAID setup can be found in the S20 User Guide.


(2)   If you want to install your factory installation on the SSD then you can create recovery media in the Start > ThinkVantage folder.   if you have other media and want to perform a clean installation then you can download TVSU to install any missing software or drivers.


(3)  The S20 supports the graphics cards listed below.   others might work but support for them isn't guaranteed.


  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 380
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 580
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800
  • NVIDIA Quadro 600
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2000D
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 5000
  • ATI FirePro V3700
  • ATI FirePro V5700
  • ATI FirePro V7750


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