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W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#1 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:48 am

Sometimes when I power up the system for the first time in the morning it appears the mSATA freezes. I only use the mSATA as a storage drive that it also boots from on this machine. After a few minutes or after opening and closing the W520 the system resumes operation just fine.

Any thoughts?
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#2 Post by kiterunner » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:24 am

have you been check the drive with sentinel or anything that drive health related software?

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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#3 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:02 pm

Good idea! Just ran it.

The status of the solid state disk is PERFECT. Problematic or weak sectors were not found.
The TRIM feature of the SSD is supported and enabled for optimal performance.

No actions needed.

Probably software related issue somewhere. Has been fine so far all day.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#4 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:14 pm

Was fine today. Had it running 8AM-5PM.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#5 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:01 am

And then it died. Froze up suddenly in a game of Age of Empires II HD. Will not go past initial Windows 10 boot screen. Time to replace it with a regular SSD. :banana:

Using the W520 (2920XM, 2000M) I got in yesterday for now. The 2920XM reaches close to 100C so probably need to re-paste it + clean the fan.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#6 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:54 am

Re-pasted the W520 with 2920XM / 2000M: temperatures now stay around 60C. The only thing I always struggle with is putting back the right screws. :lol:

The GPU stay much cooler also.

Paste was original from ship date so completely dry. Fan was dirty but not extremely.

2860QM remains the better choice IMO as it is 45W and has far less heat dissipation.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:45 am

Make a drawing with the screwholes of the bottom and inside of your laptop.
Tape the (removed) screws on the matching drawing holes, that way you'll never make a mistake when you reassemble.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#8 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:15 pm

Good idea. I should to that. WIth 4 W520s, 4 W510s and 1 W500 it will come in handy.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#9 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:06 am

Use Excel for that if you need those drawings more than once.
Make it in such a way, that it prints out on an A4/Letter sheet
Example:
Image
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#10 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:42 am

Looks great! Will do that!

I also need to find labels that stick well enough to the units so I can put the specifications on them + a serial #. Very hard to tell them apart and to keep tracking of the Windows 10 + Kaspersky serials. The inkjet address labels I use come off very easily.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#11 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:36 am

Wide Sellotape/Scotchtape comes to mind...
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#12 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:21 pm

Prefer labels for aesthetics. My wife will throw a fit with tape.
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#14 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:45 pm

Haha! Good one!
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Re: W520 - mSATA sometimes freezes

#15 Post by ThinkPadMiami » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:12 pm

Has been fine with new SSD so far. *knock wood*
W520 (2960XM, 1000M); W520 (2920XM, 2000M); W520 (2860QM, 2000M); W520 (2720QM, 1000M), W510 (720QM), W510 (720QM), W510 (920XM)

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