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Overheating X200 with SSD

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Overheating X200 with SSD

#1 Post by tendim » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:50 pm


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I recently dusted off my X200 and remembered why I stopped using it. I had installed a Crucial SSD in it many years ago, and the computer often overheats to the point where it shuts down because the SSD gets too hot. I am not sure if the SSD is the cause of the overheating, or it is a victim of overheating (i.e. the old mechanical drive could take the increase in temperature). The problem gets worse when I use the docking station, so I have managed to make things "work" by using the machine on its own without a dock.

I have taken the machine apart and sprayed it with air to clear vents, etc. But the problem persists.

Has anyone had success with an SSD in the X200?


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Re: Overheating X200 with SSD

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:55 pm

Maybe the SSD is defective if it is overheating. Anecdotal but I've only noticed 3.5" HDDs overheat on me.
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Re: Overheating X200 with SSD

#3 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:19 pm

Remove the SSD, boot from a Linux live CD/USB, and check the system temperature from there.
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Re: Overheating X200 with SSD

#4 Post by Vopu » Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:55 am

You can try cloning your SSD to a spare one if you have and see how it performs. It is not common for SSd's to get so hot/overheat so the problem may be the SSd itself. To eleminate a possibility i would swap the SSD for another one or maybe a normal HDD.Or try the same SSd on another unit to see if the problem persists? Are your fans running normally? What system temp's are you getting, have you noticed anything unusual in task manager under load? I would also try safemode to see the temp's and a live linux usb/cd distro . Also check you Win power manager and reset it to defaults for each plan.

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Re: Overheating X200 with SSD

#5 Post by mpcook » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:07 am

The X200 tends to run hot in my memory. You might investigate cleaning the fan and interior of dust to start. You might try a search and find some posts on hot X200 as there were some other solutions. My memory is not good enough to quote more specifics.
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