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08-27-2010

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T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-08-27, 17:38 PM

I've read the T41 is only compatible with PATA HDDs and while I've seen a few listed out there, I was curious to know which 7,200 RPM, high-capacity models, people have had the most luck with.  I just upgraded the memory on the T41, but the storage is getting a bit tight, especially now that my 6-year old triplets are using this.  Also, has anyone had success installing Windows 7 on the T41?  Thank you in advance for the response.

 

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11-24-2007

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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-08-28, 3:53 AM

Welcome to the forum!


PATA 7200rpm have been out of production for quite some time now, and even then, the largest one was 100GB.


Newer 5400rpm drives such as Samsung HC160 or Western Digital 320GB are as fast as the older 7200rpm ones in most respects.


Quite a few people have installed W7 on T41 units, make sure that the RAM is maxed at 2GB, and be forewarned that you'll have to search the web for a modded video driver, since your graphic card is not supported by W7.


Hope this helps.

Cheers,

George




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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-09-08, 2:27 AM

George,

 

Thanks for the reply.  Just one follow-up question then; the specs for the T41 list the interface as ATA, but is that or actually PATA then?  I had already maxed out the memory on the T41 and was debating whether to upgrade the storage on T41 or give that to the kids and get my wife something shiny & new for travel.

 

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Scott

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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-09-08, 4:23 AM

ATA-(4/5/6) = PATA (Parallel ATA) also known as IDE.


Newer machines (from T6x/R6x/Z6x/X6x) use SATA (Serial ATA).


T41 is getting a little long in the tooth, although spending $50 or so on a nice new Samsung 160GB drive would make it feel younger and snappier...


Your ThinkPad, your budget, your call.


Good luck.

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02-10-2010

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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-10-08, 14:37 PM

I have a T41 running Windows 7 and it came with an stock Hitachi 7200 RPM 60 GB hard drive which died, so I bought a Seagate Momentus 7200.1 drive which has about the same performance, but I'm now thinking about an SSD drive upgrade.

 

However, Win7 runs pretty fine on this laptop. Sometimes it feels faster than other computers in my house and even in the office. The hardware specs of these laptops are equivalent or, in some aspects, higher than most modern netbooks which can run Windows 7 just fine.

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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-10-08, 14:41 PM

The key to acchieve maximum performance on Windows 7 is to let the laptop running -connected to AC, obviously- alone in the night weekly and program it to defrag itself that day every week.

When you first install Windows 7, you should let it run alone all the night for it to tweak the performance itself.

 

Also, if you know exactly where you go on the Internet, you could think about running W7 without an antivirus and, naturally, it will run faster.

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10-14-2010

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Re: T41 Compatible HDD and Windows 7

2010-10-14, 19:37 PM

Did you do an upgrade from xp or a full (fresh) install of windows 7?

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