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x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

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x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#1 Post by fastertove » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:35 pm

Hello!

It's my first post here, but I have already read and learned a lot from here!

I own a ThinkPad X40 and now also a ThinkPad X20. I plan to upgrade the X20 with a SSD.

I have already, successfully, upgraded the X40 using this mSATA to 3.3v IDE adapter: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272243426675 .
- It made a huge difference!

My question is, do the X20 supply 5v to the hdd, or is it 3.3v like in the X40,

I already own 5v and 3.3v adapters, mSATA to IDE, just not sure which one to use inside the X20

Thanks in advance!

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Re: x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:26 am

Most likely 5v because the X20 uses regular 2.5 inch HDDs. The X40 supplies 3.3v because it uses 1.8 inch HDDs.
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Re: x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#3 Post by fastertove » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:36 am

Okay. Thanks!
That was also my first guess, since 5v seems to be standard for IDE/PATA. Just needed to make sure.

I'll give it a try, and reportage back.

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Re: x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#4 Post by jaspen-meyer » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:09 am

I bought a few msata-> pata adapters and they both worked in my x20 and did not work in my x24!?

https://www.ebay.de/itm/X41/321637449167
https://www.ebay.de/itm/mSATA-/361548111231

On startup, on the x24 the machine made a terrible beep the moment I powered it up.
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Re: x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#5 Post by fastertove » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:29 am

Sounds weird. I would've thought X20 and X24 used to same type of hard drives.

- Was the https://www.ebay.de/itm/X41/321637449167 set to 3.3v or 5v?
- Is the https://www.ebay.de/itm/mSATA-/361548111231 3.3v or 5v? (I'm guessing 5v, since it seems to be the default IDE voltage).

I still haven't made the install in my X20 - waiting for a couple of 16GB mSATA SSDs to arrive.

First I'm going to try with a 5v "Delock 62434" adapter: http://www.delock.de/produkte/G_62434/merkmale.html
The Delock adapter worked flawlessly when I tested it using an IDE to USB adapter. Hopefully I won't get a terrible beep!
Any way. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: x20 mSATA mod - 5v or 3.3v?

#6 Post by jaspen-meyer » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:59 am

fastertove wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:29 am
- Was the https://www.ebay.de/itm/X41/321637449167 set to 3.3v or 5v?
5v
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