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Different types of SSD in the configuration

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Different types of SSD in the configuration

#1 Post by seankeith90 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:09 am

Hi, I would like to ask about the different type of SSD while purchasing the ThinkPad.

I would like to choose a 1TB storage option but its only available as ''M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal 2.0'' and 2TB is written as ''M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, Opal 2.0''.

Are these some typo errors? or both will have the same 4-lanes speed?


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Re: Different types of SSD in the configuration

#2 Post by Dragunov » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:00 am

The T430 uses 50mm. mSATA, NOT MVMe.

THIS is the highest capacity mSATA I can find:
https://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/mydig ... -sb2-0512/
I have the 240gb version of this in my T430s, and it seems to be a very good boot drive. So far it's been very reliable.
I also have this companies M.2 NGFF 480gb drive. I've used it in a T440p, as a boot drive, and it functions quite well. very fast. I now, currently use it in my W540, as an image storage drive, and my TEMP files, and Downloads folder are re-directed there. Outstanding so far.

I'm currently in the process of populating all my computers that use mSATA, and M.2 NGFF, with MyDigital SuperBoot 2, 480gb drives. Been using this brand for over a year, and to this day, still 100% health, and no issues. I have one of their mSATA drives, and two, of their NGFF drives.

Anyone with a ThinkPad x131e Chromebook (not on list below)? The 120/240gb mSATA is an EXCELLENT upgrade option!

M.2 mSATA compatible computer chart:
https://www.ramcity.com.au/blog/msata-s ... y-list/188

M.2 NGFF compatible computer chart:
https://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/m.2-n ... -list.html

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Re: Different types of SSD in the configuration

#3 Post by w0qj » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:30 am

Welcome to our ThinkPads forum!

Storage interfaces were reviewed here:
www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-Thi ... 802.0.html

SSD upgrade options for T430 are:
(We recommend option #1):

1) Swap in new 2.5" SATA III SSD (the same size as your existing hard drive), and reinstall your OS.
This is by far the most cost effective method.
You also get to keep your old hard drive in an external enclosure for a data backup solution!

2) mSATA SSD. This would take the spot of the WWAN (mobile broadband) slot, so obviously a smaller sized SSD.
More expensive per GB.
Only if you dont' want to go through the hassle of doing (1) above.

Again, as Dragunov had pointed out, T430 can use mSATA SSD, which is not NVMe SSD!

3) There *might* be a third way for a SSD into T430:
Our T410 had SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter III which could fit a 2.5" SATA SSD or HDD into the slot where DVD would have been.
I'm not sure if T430 had such an option available.
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Re: Different types of SSD in the configuration

#4 Post by Boy2006 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:13 am

Does Lenovo put the SSD between a Coolingpad?

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Re: Different types of SSD in the configuration

#5 Post by UMPC2024 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:21 pm

w0qj wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:30 am
3) There *might* be a third way for a SSD into T430:
Our T410 had SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter III which could fit a 2.5" SATA SSD or HDD into the slot where DVD would have been.
I'm not sure if T430 had such an option available.
There is. Just get a hard drive caddy for the T430 and you can fit in an SSD. You can fit taller drives than the slimmer T410 bays.

I've got all three options done. Took many years of saving up and waiting for good deals on the right parts.
Please do not suggest Windows 10 to me as a "solution" for any Windows XP, Vista, 7 or other OS problems I may face. Thank you.

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