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W530 SSD too small

#1 Post by Mater » 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.

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Re: W530 SSD too small

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat May 11, 2019 12:39 am

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.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#3 Post by ZaZ » 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.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat May 11, 2019 2:13 am

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.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#5 Post by w0qj » Sat May 11, 2019 12:07 pm

+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.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#6 Post by Dragunov » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:36 pm

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.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#7 Post by TinkerMan » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:18 am

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
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#8 Post by mydreamlaptop » 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.

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Re: W530 SSD too small

#9 Post by TinkerMan » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 am

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?
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#10 Post by dr_st » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:17 am

Ultrabay is SATA3.
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Re: W530 SSD too small

#11 Post by TinkerMan » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:02 am

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
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