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W520 HD replacement. SSD?

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W520 HD replacement. SSD?

#1 Post by bluetomgold » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:05 am

It's now amazingly almost 4 years since I bought my W520 following advice on here (viewtopic.php?f=18&t=117189). Time flies! It has been a very good machine, plenty powerful enough for recording and mixing music projects and in the absence of much real "work" recently relegated to doubling up as the family's home entertainment machine. Not as well-built as my T61 was (plastic bits have broken on the W520) but it still cruises at most tasks I have thrown at it.

Unfortunately it has recently started reporting hard disk failure so I've been avoiding using it as I am yet to back everything up. I had this happen on another machine before - in the end I kept using it and had no issues but perhaps it's time to treat it to an upgrade.

Could you guys point me in the direction of a reasonably priced, suitable, compatible drive?

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Re: W520 HD replacement. SSD?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:51 am

Samsung EVO 860 (probably cheaper) or Sandisk Extreme Pro (probably more expensive) come to mind.
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Re: W520 HD replacement. SSD?

#3 Post by Collector73 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:57 am

The Samsung is certainly a good choice. It is fast, and the W520 uses all that speed because it has SATA6. (I measured it, with fast SSDs transfer speeds (sequential) are in excess of 500 MB/s).

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Re: W520 HD replacement. SSD?

#4 Post by bluetomgold » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:17 pm

Excellent, thanks guys. I think 500GB looks a good buy at the moment... e.g. :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-500- ... 2974091459

Will get one ordered. May have to post again when I attempt installation...

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