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x61 and DRAM-less SSD

#1 Post by WarhawkCZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:25 pm

Gentlemen,
I've recently came across a nice x61 in mint condition. Although I use x220 (with x230 MoBo) as my daily workhorse, I would like to turn the x61 into a "portable typewriter". It is just simply such a nice device that I can't resist.

Now comes the question:
- I would like to definitely install a small SSD there. I know that I can't get anything better than SATA-II out of the unofficial BIOS. Do you think that it is ok to be cheap and take a one of those cheap DRAM-less SSDs (like a400 from Kingston)? Or should I rather stick with normal SSD (such as 850 EVO)?
The DRAM-less SSDs go very cheap on German Amazon now. It is really tempting.

PS: I am targeting mainly Linux (mint).

Thanks for any hint.

Jiri

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Re: x61 and DRAM-less SSD

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue May 01, 2018 9:32 am

IMO spending a lot on a 10 year old Thinkpad is unwise. A DRAM-less SSD should give you a good 2-3 years of normal use.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: x61 and DRAM-less SSD

#3 Post by jaspen-meyer » Tue May 01, 2018 5:59 pm

If you need it only as a typewritter - I'd look around for a 16 gb sata III ssd, like this:
https://aukro.cz/sandisk-ssd-u110-16gb-6927332531
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Re: x61 and DRAM-less SSD

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue May 01, 2018 10:44 pm

^
That's only usable for DOS or Linux. Windows should work with just 60GB, but I'd recommend at least 120GB, to have free space for Windows updates and whatnot.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: x61 and DRAM-less SSD

#5 Post by WarhawkCZ » Fri May 11, 2018 2:30 am

Thanks a lot for your answers. I ended up buying 128 GB version of Kingston A400. I am still waiting for a battery in order to be able to upgrade bios and get SATA2.
Nevertheless, the performance increase is already significant.

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