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T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

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T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#1 Post by DiagonalArg » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:54 pm

The manual says:
... you are not recommended to use the mSATA solid-state drive as a bootable device. The mSATA solid-state drive is
designed and developed for “cache” function purpose only. If you use the mSATA solid-state drive as a
bootable device, its reliability is not guaranteed.
I notice the T/W520 does not have the same warning. So I'm a bit mystified. What are the problems that have/might crop up?

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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:17 pm

It is referring to specially made Intel Cache drives that were about 16GB in size. This is not referring to normal old msata drive which work just fine. I used one in my T430s for 4 years and is now working happily in an X230 for the last 2.
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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#3 Post by DiagonalArg » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:22 pm

Excellent. Thank you! I'm going right off to order a 250GB EVO 860.

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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#4 Post by kfzhu1229 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:18 am

I ordered a 256GB Toshiba one from local classifieds for only $80. It works pretty well, and breathes much more life into my T530.
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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#5 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:58 am

DiagonalArg wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:22 pm
Excellent. Thank you! I'm going right off to order a 250GB EVO 860.
My drive is a 250GB 850EVO and its been kicking and alive for 6 years now. Good choice! :thumbs-UP:
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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#6 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:30 am

In my X230 have a Sandisk X300 256GB mSATA SSD with W7 in the WWAN-slot and a 500GB HDD in the main bay for storage.
That HDD is set to power down after 3 minutes of non-use.
That setup is identical to a T530 and works like a charm.

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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#7 Post by DiagonalArg » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:36 pm

Thanks, guys. Can't believe there are 1TB versions of these things! A bit too pricey for me right now, but it's pretty awe inspiring.

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Re: T530 - mSATA as bootable drive. Issues?

#8 Post by kfzhu1229 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:11 pm

DiagonalArg wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:36 pm
Thanks, guys. Can't believe there are 1TB versions of these things! A bit too pricey for me right now, but it's pretty awe inspiring.
1TB mSATA is an overkill for that thing. Nothing that I know of can take up that amount of space, runs on this computer and needs that high response time of SSD. Get a 500GB max and get as many terabytes of HDD as you want.
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T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
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A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10

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