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T490 add an extra drive

#1 Post by driverpadder » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:06 am

Hello everyone,
I am in need of adding a second hard drive to my T490 that can be used as a boot device.
Is this possible in any way? I have read online that someone was able to add an M.2 in the WWAN port, but only some models and without them being usable as a boot drive.
Any solution or suggestion?
Thanks!

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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#2 Post by wrybread » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:36 pm

I don't have any experience with the T549, but the first thing I do with any new-to-me T530 or T430 is get a harddrive caddy for the DVD slot and add a 1TB drive. I've never tried to boot off it tho.

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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#3 Post by driverpadder » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:26 am

thanks, that would be an optimal solution, but unluckily model T490 does not have any optical drive :(

If it's not possible to add an internal drive I am thinking of making a bootable disk on an external USB type C drive, hoping that would not slow down too much the performance of a whole system with VMs and such. But having a second, bootable internal drive would definitely be better.

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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:51 am

In T490/T590 you can NOT use the WWAN slot for a second SSD.
That option was last seen in T480 and Lenovo has since killed it.
Looks like Lenovo is turning out more fruitcakes than laptops...
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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#5 Post by Weogo » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:37 pm

Hi Folks,

Is there any way to have any sort of second drive in a T490S?
I may buy a high capacity micro SD card...

I miss my X201T keyboard.
Hopefully I get use to the T490S soon.

Thanks and good health, Weogo

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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#6 Post by driverpadder » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:14 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:51 am
In T490/T590 you can NOT use the WWAN slot for a second SSD.
That option was last seen in T480 and Lenovo has since killed it.
Looks like Lenovo is turning out more fruitcakes than laptops...
this sucks. But if is only a matter of adding support in the BIOS, Lenovo should really think about doing it... this limitation is quite annoying

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Re: T490 add an extra drive

#7 Post by jdrou » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:13 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:51 am
In T490/T590 you can NOT use the WWAN slot for a second SSD.
That option was last seen in T480 and Lenovo has since killed it.
Looks like Lenovo is turning out more fruitcakes than laptops...
Most annoying thing is that almost no company seems to take advantage of the fact you can fit up to 4x M.2 80mm drives in the space of a 2.5" x 9.5mm drive. Just make laptop thinner instead of more capable . . .
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