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The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#91 Post by Seweryn » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:02 am

Apologies for bumping this thread, however I am really confused with the SSD and would like to finally upgrade my X301 with one.

A quick question then - is this a good product and would it fit to the X301 (or similar recommendations)?

https://tinyurl.com/y8q5swsc

Do I need a converter to fit this into the dedicated slot?

I still can't get my head around between mSATA (is it 2.5" by default?), uSATA (is this 1.8" if not described otherwise?), micro SATA, etc.

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#92 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:50 am

For that linked drive (which is mSATA) you'll need an adapter such as I have posted earlier in this thread.
mSATA and uSATA are the same.
Standard SATA laptop drives are/almost used to be 2.5"
Standard SATA desktop drives are/almost used to be 3.5"


For different xxxSATA types, see also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gCNjZl8lTo
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#93 Post by johnmcdonnell » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:00 pm

The Aleratec mSATA SSD to 1.8" micro SATA Drive Converter that is often recommended for the X301 seems to be out of stock everywhere.

The Addonics ADMS18SA mSATA SSD to 1.8" micro SATA Adapter is an identical product and is currently available here: https://www.addonics.com/products/adms18sa.php

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#94 Post by Seweryn » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:33 pm

Thank you Guys,

I have ordered that Samsung SSD and the adapter card also. Will see what's next. Maybe I will add more RAM once I am at it :).
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#95 Post by shawross » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:50 pm

Assuming you are running a 64 bit OS the X301 will run fine with 4GB but if you want to increase the ram IMO 6GB is the sweet spot.

The core 2 duo systems are not quite as ram hungry as the Icore series which followed.
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#96 Post by Seweryn » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:11 pm

shawross wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:50 pm
Assuming you are running a 64 bit OS the X301 will run fine with 4GB but if you want to increase the ram IMO 6GB is the sweet spot.

The core 2 duo systems are not quite as ram hungry as the Icore series which followed.
I will run a 64 bit probably on fresh installation.

Does 8 GB make sense? And secondly from the list of available options is there an advantage in getting say DDR3-1600 vs DDR3-1333?

At the moment there are two 2 GB modules in the machine (Pc3-8500 Ddr3 1066MHz FRU 43R1969).
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#97 Post by ajkula66 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:52 pm

Seweryn wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:11 pm


Does 8 GB make sense?
More RAM always makes sense in my book, unless it's prohibitively expensive...
And secondly from the list of available options is there an advantage in getting say DDR3-1600 vs DDR3-1333?

At the moment there are two 2 GB modules in the machine (Pc3-8500 Ddr3 1066MHz FRU 43R1969).
I'd stick with 8500 RAM in the ThinkPads of this era. They can be quite boneheaded with newer/faster RAM. Do yourself a favour though, and stay away from "no name" and "value brand" offerings if you're going through the trouble and expense of upgrading the RAM in the first place.
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#98 Post by shawross » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:30 pm

Seweryn wrote: Does 8 GB make sense?
From my experience 6 GB helps marginally but 8 GB is questionable and I tested my X301 with both. If you need 8 GB you are probably over extending your X301. I run 8 GB in my X220.

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#99 Post by Seweryn » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:42 am

shawross wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:30 pm

From my experience 6 GB helps marginally but 8 GB is questionable and I tested my X301 with both. If you need 8 GB you are probably over extending your X301. I run 8 GB in my X220.

It's your machine and your money. Good luck
Thanks,

It is not a question of requirements (I could live with 4 GB), but more about if there is any gain from installing maximum amount of RAM in this machine. But I guess the RAM upgrade will not give much extra performance.
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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#100 Post by shawross » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:45 am

The dual IDA mod with Throttle stop will give you an extra 200 MHz per core and keeping the system debloated and light will be your best options with the X301.

For the display if you can calibrate the display then you should find it tolerable.

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#101 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:56 am

There still seems to be a lively interest in these machines.
Anybody interested in buying?
I have two great X301 machines sitting in my cupboard, getting bored with doing nothing.
PM me if interested.

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#102 Post by Seweryn » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:04 pm

The converter board with the new SDD looks smaller than the old HDD :cry:

Is that the right size? Not sure if I can upload the photo, but the old HDD is slightly larger...

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Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

#103 Post by shawross » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:41 pm

Yes the adapter or converter board is smaller but we normally cable tie or tape the board to a piece of plastic so it doesn't flap around in the slot.

Also you will need a flap so to speak to make it easy to withdraw.

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