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Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#1 Post by spamnchips » Mon May 11, 2020 7:38 am

Hi,
I have looked through lots of posts in various locations and they all seem to agree that my R50e 1834 Thinkpad could be upgraded to run with an mSATA SSD. I have purchased a PATA to mSATA conversion box and a KingSpec 256GB mSATA SSD. Having installed the hardware, the BIOS does not recognise the new drive. I am wondering if this because the drive is not partitoned or formatted or if there is a deeper issue. The BIOS is 1WET90WW which appears to be the latest for this machine. Does anyone have any recommendations please?

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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Mon May 11, 2020 8:40 am

Welcome to the forum!

Not all adapters will work with ThinkPads, it's unfortunately somewhat of a trial and error. Which one did you purchase ?
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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#3 Post by spamnchips » Mon May 11, 2020 9:52 am

Hi,
Thanks for the quick repsonse. I grabbed one of Ebay. It did not have a manufacturers name but waas identified as

mSATA to 2.5" 44 PIN PATA/IDE SSD HDD mSATA to PATA Convertor Adapter Card {NAW}

Is the a recommended maker ?

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#5 Post by spamnchips » Mon May 11, 2020 10:09 am


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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#6 Post by ajkula66 » Mon May 11, 2020 11:23 am

spamnchips wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 10:09 am
Hi George,

Ebay link

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mSATA-to-2-5 ... 2749.l2649
That looks OK but...one can't always go just by the appearance.

Have you tested that mSATA SSD in another system ?

Way back when I was toying with this approach I used an Addonics adapter and it worked fine.
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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#7 Post by spamnchips » Tue May 12, 2020 6:37 am

Hi,
No, but I have bought a SATA to mSATA adaptor today and will hook it up to my PC to see if it recognises it and if it can be partitioned and formated. I will then put it back in the Thinkpad and see if it is then recognised by the BIOS.

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#8 Post by Shredder11 » Tue May 12, 2020 9:33 am

I needed some hard drives for some of my IDE based Thinkpads recently, and in the end it made more sense to buy some 128GB mSATA SSD drives + mSATA to IDE adapters from Aliexpress. I'm in the UK so it cost a total of £20 shipped, and took just over a week to arrive (things take way longer then they do to the USA, so this was very fast). If I had stuck with old used mechanical drives from Ebay, it would have cost £10+ for a 60GB drive.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3298222 ... 4c4daUfUYC * mSATA SSD

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3284782 ... 4c4daUfUYC * mSATA to IDE adapter
Z61p x3 (C2D T7600, 3GB, 500GB SSD, BCM70015, Advanced Dock x1, Mini Dock x2)
W520 (C2Q i7-2720QM, 8GB, 60GB SSD)
X61 (C2D T7500, 3GB, 250GB SSD, BCM70015)
X61s (2GB, 120GB SSD)
T43p (P M 760, 2GB, IBM Port Replicator II, 128GB SSD)
G41 (P4 3.46GHz, 2GB, 128GB SSD)

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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#9 Post by spamnchips » Wed May 13, 2020 10:27 am

Your adaptor looks identical to the one I bought on UK ebay. Have you successfully installed the SSD's yet?

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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#10 Post by Shredder11 » Wed May 13, 2020 12:03 pm

Yes I have used three of the four sets so far, and all of them working just fine in a Thinkpad G41, T43p and Acer Aspire 5612WLMi. I also have another branded adapter mentioned here on the forum, that I successfully used with a Plextor SSD. The performance of that is about the same as the cheap Aliexpress one, except the Plextor combo cost about five times more in 2015/6.
Z61p x3 (C2D T7600, 3GB, 500GB SSD, BCM70015, Advanced Dock x1, Mini Dock x2)
W520 (C2Q i7-2720QM, 8GB, 60GB SSD)
X61 (C2D T7500, 3GB, 250GB SSD, BCM70015)
X61s (2GB, 120GB SSD)
T43p (P M 760, 2GB, IBM Port Replicator II, 128GB SSD)
G41 (P4 3.46GHz, 2GB, 128GB SSD)

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Re: Upgrading an R50e to SSD.

#11 Post by spamnchips » Tue May 19, 2020 10:16 am

I purchased a SATA to mSATA adaptor and installed the mSATA drive into my Windows PC. Initially Windows did not see the drive although it was recognised in the BIOS. After trawling the internet I found some advice that suggested running Windows Memory Diagnostic. Sure enough the drive was then identified and I was able to format. Tried it back in the laptop but no recognition by BIOS or Windows. Conclusion. Forget the laptop and buy a secondhand IDE drive from Ebay. Use the mSATA in a new build coming up soon.

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