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W530 SSD too small

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:01 pm
by Mater
Hello

I have a W530 - i7-3840QM 2.8GHz 16GB ram 64 bit and it has a 160GB SSD.

I have no more storage capacity (due primarily to high volume of pictures) and looking for the best solution. I would like to stay with an SSD and also do not want to give up the DVD.

Should I just get a larger primary SSD? This would be my first choice but I have no idea what I would need, best brand, etc. other than I would want min 400GB. I know very little about this sort of thing.

Is there space to add a second SSD without giving up the DVD? I have no idea of the + or - of this route or if its even a posibility.

Or use an external SSD - an option that I would put as the very last choice.

Thanks for any advice. Much appreciated.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 12:39 am
by axur-delmeria
You have two options:

1. Get a larger SSD to replace your 160GB one. They're getting cheap nowadays. Even 500GB is affordable.

2. Get an mSATA SSD. This way you don't need to change your current SSD nor remove the optical drive.

Check the prices though, since they're not as common the prices are higher per gigabyte compared to regular 2.5" SATA SSDs.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 1:55 am
by ZaZ
A 1TB M.2 SSD from a reputable brand is probably $100-125. If you add the M.2 SSD to increase storage and keep your current SSD, you won't have to re-install the OS.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 2:13 am
by axur-delmeria
ZaZ wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 1:55 am
A 1TB M.2 SSD from a reputable brand is probably $100-125. If you add the M.2 SSD to increase storage and keep your current SSD, you won't have to re-install the OS.
W530 has mSATA slot, not M.2.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 12:07 pm
by w0qj
+1 for upgrading/replacing with a 2.5" SSD, which is the most cost effective SSD format right now.

Even the USB 3.0 external SATA SSD enclosures are cheap.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:36 pm
by Dragunov
Mater wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Hello

I have a W530 - i7-3840QM 2.8GHz 16GB ram 64 bit and it has a 160GB SSD.

I have no more storage capacity (due primarily to high volume of pictures) and looking for the best solution. I would like to stay with an SSD and also do not want to give up the DVD.

Should I just get a larger primary SSD? This would be my first choice but I have no idea what I would need, best brand, etc. other than I would want min 400GB. I know very little about this sort of thing.

Is there space to add a second SSD without giving up the DVD? I have no idea of the + or - of this route or if its even a posibility.

Or use an external SSD - an option that I would put as the very last choice.

Thanks for any advice. Much appreciated.
This, https://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/mydig ... -sb2-0256/

Or, This. https://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/mydig ... -sb2-0512/

I have an mSATA 240gb of this brand running as a boot drive in a T430s. It's fast and reliable.
I have a 240gb, and a 480gb M.2 NGFF in each of my W540 ThinkPads. Not the boot drive, but my Downloads folder, TEMP files, and my stored Macrium Reflect image. So far, they've been excellent.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:18 am
by TinkerMan
THIS is the quite literally the best mSata you can get in your machine

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=samsung+msat ... _sb_noss_1

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:59 pm
by mydreamlaptop
Old thread but if anyone else is considering this, the mSATA slot on the **30 series maxes out at about 250MB/s. So if you use it you're basically giving up half the speed.
So use the 2.5" slot first if possible.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 am
by TinkerMan
mydreamlaptop wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:59 pm
Old thread but if anyone else is considering this, the mSATA slot on the **30 series maxes out at about 250MB/s. So if you use it you're basically giving up half the speed.
So use the 2.5" slot first if possible.
So we have sata 2 speeds for the mSATA, we have sata 3 speeds for the 2.5" drive, but what speed is available for the ultra bay drive? Sata 2 or sata3?

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:17 am
by dr_st
Ultrabay is SATA3.

Re: W530 SSD too small

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:02 am
by TinkerMan
dr_st wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:17 am
Ultrabay is SATA3.
how disappointing, to have just sata 2 on the msata connector but sata 3 on the ultrabay
but I guess it cannot be helped
I will open a new thread , so not to hijack this post