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Question: mSata Samsung 850 EVO SSD in X220... 2101 Detectio...

I tried very hard to find an official answer. I had my x220 bios updated to 1.40 version and installed the mSata 500GB EVO SSD drive to the laptop. It has never been detected successfully. It was a big hard to insert the mSata drive to the slot and finally it was in the write position I'm pretty sure and the screw is aligned... Any idea?

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Answer: mSata Samsung 850 EVO SSD in X220... 2101 Detectio...

Hello,

I have only tried a couple mSATA SSDs in my ThinkPad X220, but each one was detected immediately without any error.

Do you know if the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD worked before you used it? Perhaps you could try it in another machine, or with an mSATA to 2.5" adapter, just to verify that it works correctly? Although it is pretty rare to occur, you could have gotten one that is just not working.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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So I've read through the history of the msata and the x220 (4286-CTO) and how the BIOS revisions were required during the middle of last year in order to get the Intel 310 and some others to work. Thinking that my little x220 with Bios revision 1.26 (i7, 8gb, 4286-CTO) would be fine, I purchased a Kingston SSDNow mS100 64GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive SMS100S2/64G and installed it yesterday. The instal went without a hitch, but when I restarted the machine, I received a 2101: Drive detection error on hdd2 (mini sata) error.   I've seen that the 2101 error has been mentioned in relation to a couple of Sandisk msata drives on the forum, but those discussions didn't seem to go anywhere. I just got off my second call with Lenovo support (30 minutes today and 25 minutes last night), only to have them tell me that msata is not supported by my 4286-CTO.  That sounds incorrect, as others with the 4286-CTO seem to have luck with Intel and Renice. What am I doing wrong?  Is this something that another BIOS revision could cure?  At least on one of the sandisk discussions, the OP said that he/she had tested the drive in another computer without a problem, so I don't think it's a problem with the actual drives.   Somebody else mentioned that some drives are not compliant with the JEDEC standard, but that doesn't sound like an explanation to me either.  Thoughts?  Help! Best, sad x220

Answer:2101 Error: X220 with Kingston 64GB msata

I have the same issue with x220.  The mSATA I have is the Sandisk SDSA4DH-064G.  I can also add that the function of the mSATA is the same regardless of whether the mSATA is used in the mSATA slot or on an adapter card in the SATA hard drive bay (Error is 2100 rather than 2101, but the text is the same).  For this reason, I believe the Lenovo BIOS is unable to configure the mSATA drive appropriately.  I imagine that Lenovo could quickly resolve this with a new BIOS. I have tested this drive on a desktop consisting of a Asus P9X79 Deluxe + Intel 3960x running Windows 7, 64-bit.  Device is recognized by BIOS and WIndows Disk Manager. 

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Hi,I wanted to ask If you know whether the msata slot is sata II (3Gb/s) or sata III (6Gb/s) in my x220i. If it is only sata II, is it clever to buy the cheaper Crucial M500 240GB for only 91??It has read: 500MB/s, write: 250MB/sOr should I buy the Crucial M550 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB for 115/123? nonetheless.They have read 550MB/s  write: 500MB/s respectively read 540MB/s  write: 520MB/sI know there will be no noticeable difference while using it. What is your opinion?













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Answer:x220 msata ssd Crucial M500 or more expensive Crucial M550, Samsung SSD 840 EVO

mSATA slot on the X220, X220t, X230, X230t are SATAII (3 Gbps).What you buy depends on whether you want to use the mSATA in another system with SATAIII capability (in the near future).

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Hi, I just received my T430 about 4 days ago and it's working perfectly until I was trying to install important windows updates. As I was rebooting my laptop after the installation (which fails everytime I don't know why), my computer gave me a loud beep and a error code of 2101 detection error. So I searched this forum and found this solution http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT074404 from another post that had the same problem as mine.As i was following the steps,( i did cmd, uninstalled express cache, and did disk managment) but as i went on my disk management i could not find my mSATA. I have a 16 gb mSATA and it was working perfectly fine before. I've noticed on my reboot that it took longer to load and the error message would then come up.So my problem is that I cannot view my mSATA disk on my disk managementThankyou!

Answer:2101 Detection Error: Cannot view my mSATA

The Error 2101: Detection error on HDDx miniSata is a BIOS error. This has nothing to do with the operating system you have installed or any drivers. During the POST, the system does not see the miniSata drive. I (like some others) received my new T530 recently, setup it all up and then a few hours later received this error. The solution is simple. You must open up your ThinkPad. Remove the two keyboard screws and remove the keyboard and RE-SEAT the miniSata drive. There is 1 screw holding the board down. Remove it, re-insert it in. Screw everything back up and voila, no more issue. Go to the Lenovo / ThinkPad Guides and Manuals page for your device (http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/default.page?) and download the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your ThinkPad. There are clear instructions (for those less inclined) on how to remove the keyboard. You do NOT need to disconnect the ribbon cable. Simple / carefully slide the keyboard forward and the miniSata drive will be visible and accessible. You can also use the ExpressCache program to get stats on the miniSata drive and see how it is working. Open a Command Prompt (in Administrator Mode) and issue the command: eccmd -info   -   Display ExpressCache activity informatio eccmd -?   -  Will show you all options eccmd -format   - Will reformat and clear the cache drive. Hopefully, this will help out those out there with this issue. Ju... Read more

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Hi guys im loving my W350 but on start up I get an error message saying 2101 error miniSata drive not detected. It has also done this once whle in use which is more worrying. I have taken the keyboard off, removed the 16gb mSata and replaced it, but it still is not being detected. If anyone has any thoughts Id be really grateful. Cheers, Al.

Answer:W350 2101 mSATA not detected, anyone else getting this error?

Oh actually, after i put the drive back it it booted up and was visible in the  device manager, but dissappeared when clicked on.. thanks for your thoughts.al

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(i have updated the title. sounds more like it. ^_^) Greetings ! I am a proud (well, yes ...) owner of the E530 A3G-Model sporting a 16GB SSD.Yes, the one with the pulsy, noisy fan. ^_^  The Story: Last week i thought i'd need a change and try something new. As i'm not really a noob oncomputers, i thought i'd set up Win7 x64 SP1 on the SSD. That's ... not that easy,considering the size, so i've spent the weekend removing irrelevant components ...... like Natural Language, Speech Support, Language Packs ...... from the Win7 x64 SP1 Installation Disks. It took me two days to get it to work, with several testing sessions using VirtualBox,but then i got it right. I haven't removed any drivers, services or anything actually essentialwhich could break the system. (I promise!) So ... after a long session in VirtualBox and installing this system on a small partition on my HDDto verify it REALLY works, i went going on to install it on the SSD. Please note that RapidBoot is turned off in the BIOS and i have removed ExpressCache,which i had previously installed manually, but wasn't actually caching anything anymore,for reasons i don't understand. Maybe i have turned it off weeks ago, i don't know. So, i have set up a 3GB FAT32 partition at the beginning of the SSD for the pagefile. It's a habit.It's a good idea to do this on HDDs, so i kept doing it. Longevity of the SSD was no issue for me,as if it breaks ... well, then it breaks ... but the... Read more

Answer:ThinkPad E530 and the case of the vanished SSD (msata 2101)

Oh ... i forgot to mention that the 2101 error doesn't even show up anymore.

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Hello! I just recieved a new T530 I7 and also a Crucial M4 mSata SSD (CT256M4SSD3). The issue I have is sometimes the system will give a 2101 detection error at Post and the only way around it is to power off again, remove the battery/AC and try again. Ive seen other posts regarding this error but no clear resoution. 













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Answer:Intermitent 2101 detection Issues with new T530 and mSATA

Called Crucial support.   They had me change the Intel 7 AHCI controller driver from Intel to the Standard Microsoft driver.  They suspect that the Intel driver is causing the drive to not shutdown properly.  I'll see how it performs with the generic driver for awhile.

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I've read a lot about the 2101 Detection Error of mSATA issue on x220 with mSATA other than intel 310 installed. Last year I purchased a W520 and an Intel 310 mSATA. They worked fine together untill yesterday. I have windows 7 enterprice 64bit installed on the mSATA and linux installed on an SSD. I have a 500GB HDD installed in the ultrabay, as a shared data volume shared by Windows and Linux. Everytime I try to boot windows, it fails. And during the next reboot, the "2101 Detection Error" shows up. To try to solve this problem I have the mSATA reseated and the 2101 error disappears, until I try to boot windows again. Everything works fine IF I ONLY BOOT LINUX. 2101 Detection Error shows up everytime I TRY TO BOOT WINDOWS UP. I've updated the UEFI BIOS to the latest version which is 1.36 but the problem is still there. I've used the lenovo diagnosis tool (bootable usb) to run a set of quick tests and no error detected (except for drive self test either not supported or not passed). Please find the configuration of my laptop below:======================================W520-4270CTOCPU:                                 I7 2720 QMMEMORY:                        16GB (4GB SAMSUNG X 4)VIDEO:                   ... Read more

Answer:2101 Detection Error with mSATA on W520 with Intel 310 installed

Is the mSata card first in the boot order?

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Hi Everyone,  I just saw a great deal on ebay for a KingSpec 128GB 4CH MLC NAND Flash mSATA Support TRIM NCQ SSD Solid State Disk Does anyone know if this would work in my beloved x220?  Thanks! John

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HiI owns x220 4290-BH7 model.I recently installed msata (MyDigitalSSD 128GB 50mm Bullet Proof mSATA) on x220.I did a fresh installation of Win7 32-bit on the msata with all the windows update and Lenovo - Updates and Drivers. When i dock or undock the x220 on ultrabase 3, the win7 freezes. I do not have this problem when i boot from my other/previous ssd (1.8") on regular hard drive slot. Is there any suggestion to fix the problem? Thanks.

Answer:x220 - computer freezes when x220 docks/undocks on ultrabase 3 with msata ssd

fyi.my other drive is intel x25-m sata ssd.

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http://www.asiatechtrade.com/runcore/runcore-v-msata.html I might get this but I'm not sure about the compatibility as certain X220's are having problems with the msata port..

Answer:Will this msata work with the X220 / X220 Tablet?

I was keeping an eye on those too, but I'm sure they won't work on the X220s that have the mSATA recognition problem.Also, I would like to know the mSATA speed on the X220. Is is 3Gbps (Sata II) or 6Gbps (Sata III)?





---------X220 4286 CTO, i7, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD+Intel mSATA 80 GB, IPS display, BT 3.0, Intel 6205 WiFi, Win7 HP

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I'll be getting a new laptop soon and I'm wondering what the differences are between these two SSDs. I'll probably be putting them in a Sager NP9377 from xoticpc.com. Both SSDs cost the same price but the Samsung 850 EVO has 120 GB vs Micron M600's 128 GB (both for $100) or Samsung 850 EVO with 250 GB vs Micron M600 with 256 GB (both for $160). I know it's a small difference but this is my first experience with an SSD so I just want to make sure I make the right decision. I'll be putting the OS on the SSD so what capacity do you recommend? Thank you.
 

Answer:Micron M600 mSATA SSD vs Samsung 850 EVO Series mSATA SSD

The only difference is form factor and speed.
 

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I am a constant tweaker. I bought a Y500 with 16gb of ram and the core i7. It came with a 1TB hard drive and a 16gb cache drive. I replaced the MSATA cache drive with a Crucial M4 256 GB msata drive and reinstalled the OS. I was using the 1TB drive for storage. The Crucial msata drive gave me a nice performance boost. I ordered a 120GB Samsung 840 SSD for use in another machine. The machine is old and doesn't pass through trim commands, so eventually the drive would have slowed down. I decided to replace the 1TB hard drive in my Y500 with the Samsung 840 120GB drive and to reinstall the OS on it. Even though the published read and write speeds on the Samsung SSD are slightly slower than the Crucial MSATA SSD, the Samsung 840 is noticeably faster. I'm using the 256GB MSATA drive as my storage drive. It's a good set-up. It's light and cool.

Answer:Samsung 840 120GB vs Crucial MSATA 256GB MSATA

volumnus wrote:I am a constant tweaker. I bought a Y500 with 16gb of ram and the core i7. It came with a 1TB hard drive and a 16gb cache drive. I replaced the MSATA cache drive with a Crucial M4 256 GB msata drive and reinstalled the OS. I was using the 1TB drive for storage. The Crucial msata drive gave me a nice performance boost. I ordered a 120GB Samsung 840 SSD for use in another machine. The machine is old and doesn't pass through trim commands, so eventually the drive would have slowed down. I decided to replace the 1TB hard drive in my Y500 with the Samsung 840 120GB drive and to reinstall the OS on it. Even though the published read and write speeds on the Samsung SSD are slightly slower than the Crucial MSATA SSD, the Samsung 840 is noticeably faster. I'm using the 256GB MSATA drive as my storage drive. It's a good set-up. It's light and cool.So what's your purpose in writing this post?

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Hello, Last week i did a upgrade on my Inspiron 15R SE(7520) with a SSD Samsung EVO 850 500GB, and now i'm intending to buy one msata Samsung EVO 850 500GB, But i would like to do a RAID 0 with those two "drives", So is that possible? Will it work and have a gain of performance?
Sorry for my bad english, i'm still learning.
My Specs (Inspiron 15R SE (7520)
Intel Core i7 3632QM
8GB ram 1600Mhz
Primary: SSD Samsung EVO 850 500GB
msata: 32GB MZMPC032HBCD
Secondary: Seagate ST1000LM024  5400RPM 1TB

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running 1.40 biosthink I have WWAN model as there is a SIM slot and there are a red and blue wires ready for the 3G wireless card.all lenovo drivers etc checked to latest versionsInstalled 128GB Kingspan which failed to do anything and caused the whole system to be unbootable. Turns out the ssd was dead as it did not work in working usb enclosure.swapped in 64GB msata minipci from my old eee901 it is the correct size for the lenovo slot - it wasn't for the 901 and I am now getting 2101 Detection Error on hdd2 on boot up.I have tried reseating the card, cleaning the pins, reseating, booting to Hirens, Slacko, Gparted, Fedora and not been able to see it as the error code is pre OS... Anything I can do? - roll back drivers, roll back bios, buy specific brand msata any suggestions welcome :-)

Answer:Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata) X220

HiIt seems newer drive is needed or its firmware. Chek out SSD manufacturer site for fw update.Since x220 BIOS 1.16 or something like this one, msata SSD error detection has disappeared. Except of rare cases with some Crucial (or Corsair, didn't remember) and Samsung drives. Also do not use OCZ drives.

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Question: X220 i7 Msata SSD

Hi guys,First post here. Had my X220 for 2 years and decided to upgrade the HDD to Msata. I bought Plextor M5M 128 GB MSATA SSD and it won't slot into the PCI express slot. I assumed that all Msata SSD should have standard hardware physical dimension. I was wondering if anyone here have x220 working with Plextor M5M Msata. Thank you













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Answer:X220 i7 Msata SSD

This msata card should fit.  Perhaps you were shipped the wrong card or that the slot on your x220 is damaged or clogged with something.  Here is a youtube video of an msata being installed into an x220. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ48LTWo9CI

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This is actually a previous topic I posted that nobody showed interest in. I spent the last two days investigating into these problems again and got some very disappointing results so I decide to post here once more to elevate this to Lenovo engineers' attention.  There are actually two issues under this X220 with mSATA SSD does not go with Win 8 x64. The two issues are: 1) Under legacy boot, Win 8 x64 installed on mSATA SSD on a X220 will only load Windows for more or less one tenth of all the boot. 2) Under UEFI boot, Win 8 x64 installed on mSATA SSD on a X220 will show error when perform "sfc /scannow" command (Windows System File Check), that usually autochk.exe will be shown to be corrupted along with none or some other system file. And for sure scheduled boot time file system check will not perform (since autochk.exe is the program to perform the file system check). The two issues are mutually exclusive, that is to say under legacy boot SFC will show no problem, and under UEFI boot the system will boot for sure. For the past two days, I've performed all kinds of experiments I could do to make sure the symptoms are related to that configuration. But since I don't dare to temper with my system too much, I didn't remove any other hardware from my X220. My X220 is a 4286CTO produced about May 2011, it comes with most possible in-machine accessories like fingerprint reader, BT, camera, IPS screen. It has i7 2620M CPU so it also has USB 3.0. Wire... Read more

Answer:X220 with mSATA SSD won't go well with Win 8 x64

Are you using the same source installation media for all your tests?

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I have a x220 tablet with SSD.Need a little more space, so was thinking of adding a mSATA SSD. Will want to continue to use my "regular" SSD as my boot and just use mSATA for storage (run VMs off it so need speed). I don't think there are any issues but figure was worth asking.  Moved to correct forum. 

Answer:X220 Tablet - SSD and mSata SSD

no real issues. But the mSATA is only SATAII, whilst the main hdd bay operates at SATAIII.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this. I came across a statement that the x220's mSATA was SATA II, and not III. I have been looking for definitive proof that this is the case, such as Lenovo documentation, however I haven't come across any. Lenovo's "Detailed specifications" simple state that the x220 has an mSATA slot, not its specs. Does someone here have a link to something other than hearsay that states the specs of the x220's mSATA slot?  













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Answer:x220 msata is SATA II?

HelloThe proof is x220 schematic.In general, x220's chipset QM67 has 2 SATA III channels. One of them is routed to the primary HDD slot, another one to the docking port.So, mSATA slot matches SATA II specification.

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Please help.. I just placed the mSATA ssd (Renice X3) into my X220. Could someone please give step by step instractions on what i do next? I have read the other relative posts, but i still can't understand what i should do. Till now i only get "Invalid partition table..." every time i boot. In Network Boot   i can see ATA HDD2: RENICE X3, ATA HDDO: HITACHI HTS7232.... (must be the main 7200rpm hd). I don't have optical drive, only external hd where i have made a Factory image through Vantage toolbox...













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Answer:HELP installing mSata ssd in X220...

After doing some research, I am not yet a user of ThinkVantage utilities (my tablet has not shipped yet), I have a question for you.Just to be clear, you used the ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery to make a backup of your system to the mSATA SSD you wish to boot Windows from correct?





Every time I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.

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Hi all! I'm just choosing an mSATA SSD for my x220 (80Gb or greater) and that's what I've found: Runcore T50     120Gb    320$ Renice X3         120Gb     300$ Runcore I50      120Gb     250$ OCZ Nocti         120Gb     250$ MyDigitalSSD    128Gb     210$ Intel 310             80Gb      180$ Someone has tried any of these SSDs (except the 310 that is proven to work)? How they work in the x220? I'm concerned for the Sandforce reputation to cause BSODs (practically all but Intel 310 and MyDigitalSSD are Sandforce drives), any experience?

Answer:mSata SSD options for x220

runcores are good but cost alot.there a niche drive.you shoud look at the new ready boot models there alot cheaper.i think that nocti is one but kinda high price.your also picking to big of a drive.

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Question: X220 mSATA screws

Hey, I disassembled my laptop, however, I realized I do not have screws to mount the msata drive. I assembled it back, but I've read somewhere that screws should be there... maybe I missed them. Well, the question is: were the screws for mounting the msata drive added to the X220i? Or do I have to acquire them myself?

Answer:X220 mSATA screws

There is one screw M2x3 mm, which is twisted into its place for 3g card or msata drive installation in laptop from factory. Of course you can find it in any household shop yourself.

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I'm going to order a X220 and was wondering if the Display Type (Antenna) options or Integrated WiFi options matter in my ability to add a mSata Card?I want the i7 processor, premium Screen and best Wifi that will allow me to use a mSata card. Thanks 













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Answer:Ordering a New X220 (want to use mSata SSD)

No, the only thing that would restrict you from using mSATA SSD if you order a WWAN card (Cell 3G internet), because it uses the same slot.

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Question: Lenovo x220 mSata

Hello, I would like to know if Lenovo x220 4291OL3 supports msata. Regards.













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Answer:Lenovo x220 mSata

HiSure, combined wwan/msata slot supports SATA II specification.

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Hello Board,we have some i7 based X220 Notebooks here, equiped with integraded USB3.0 Controller. While we successfully upgraded the smaller variants of the X220 with mSATA SSD Drives from Intel, these aren't recognized in the i7 Configurations.We tried this with multiple SSD Drives and multiple Notebooks, so I don't think we're talking about faulty units here, this seems to be a general problem. We also tried different bios versions, up to 1.16 Has anybody else made similar experiences ? My simple assumption is the following: All WWAN Cards which share the same socket are USB based devices, while the mSATA SSD Drives are PCI Express baesd. My first guess is that the PCI Express Lane connected to the mini Express Card socket in the smaller configurations is wired to the USB 3.0 Controller Chip. If this is right, i guess there is no solution to our problem. Any Input appreciated. Greetings!Hibbelharry  













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Answer:X220 with USB3.0, no mSata SSD possible ?

Hi Hibbelharry, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
 
Interesting. I only have an i7 X220 without mSATA to look at here. Can you compare what you see for the USB 3.0 controller and mSATA in Device Manager>View>Devices by connection on the i7 and i3/i5 types?

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Hi guys, I know this topic has been around for few yrs already, what I want is just an up to date suggestion - which mSATA SSD should I buy (early next month) for my Lenovo X220? I did a lot of searching, most guys seemed to be recommending Intel 310 (40 or 80GB), but that was almost year ago, anything more suitable on the market these days? I'm just your typical daily user so standard criteria of price vs quality vs performance would apply. Cheers!M.

Answer:mSATA SSD for my beloved X220...

OCZ Norco would be on my avoid list. Adata,Intel, Samsung are all pretty reliable.

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Hey,I've bought an OCZ Nocti for my X220 but it doesn't work. The BIOS sais on startup: 2101: Drive detection error on hdd2 (mini sata).I have updated my BIOS to 1.31 (8DET61WW) ? But it doesn't helped.I have the X220 with the Core?i7 2620M, 4+4GB RAM and without the WWAN module (4290-W4H)Is there any possibility to get the SSD working?Thank you.This is a Crosspost in English from here

Answer:Problems with my mSATA and the X220

i got the Nocti to work in my X220, and Edge laptops, but it BSOD all the time. This problem is quite common for the OCZ Nocti drive in many laptops. The best course of advice is to just return the Nocti drive to OCZ or its retailers.

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Hi guys, I've already scoured through the boards and could not find an updated answer on this topic so I was wondering if someone could clarify whether or not the Samsung Evo mSata range of SSDs would be compatible with the X220. The only results I've found is that crucial and intel were compatible but no definite mention of the samsung evo msata range. Sorry it's a bit of an outdated machine, just looking for a basic upgrade whilst i wait to purchase a new system. Thanks guys!













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Answer:X220 compatible msata ssd

Welcome to the forum!
 
Any mSATA drive - including Samsung's EVO - will work just fine in X220.
 
 

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I read the numerous threads on this topic, but given my level of understanding I am still unsure about what and how to approach adding an mSATA. I have an x220/i7/8gb/128GB SSD running WIN7. I am running out of space and would like to add a second drive in the mSATA slot to be used for additional data space. I will keep WIN on the original drive. I am looking at this drive Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC120B301 mSATA 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD).  Here're my questions: 1. is it ok to install SATA III on the slot which is only SATA II?2. I saw a youtube video showing how to install such a drive and it seems within reach. But what do I do after I install it? Will the system recognize it? if not, what exactly do I have to do? How do I upgrade firmware for this new drive?3. Anything else I will need to do? Thanks in advance and apologize for duplicating some of the questions.   













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Answer:mSATA for x220 - questions

Hello,
 
In response to your questions:
 

SATA specs are backwards compatible, so if you connect a SATA-III drive into a SATA-II interface, it will work fine, just at SATA-II speeds (which are still quite fast).
After the new drive is installed, power up the computer and Microsoft Windows 7 will detect it, just like any other new hardware.  Windows may (or may not) ask you to reboot once after the new hardware has been discovered?I don't recall the exact behavior.  If it does, perform a reboot and then you'll be able to use the drive.After the drive is installed, you can partition and format it using the graphical Disk Management utility (filename:  DISKMGMT.MSC) or the command line-based DiskPart program (filename: DISKPART.EXE).  Another possibility might be to format it using whatever software Intel provides, I believe it is called Intel SSD Toolbox, or something very similar to that.You would typically run a utility from the manufacturer to upgrade the firmware (the aforementioned Intel SSD Toolbox software).  It may have the firmware bundled into it, or query Intel's web site and download the latest firmware from there and flash it onto the SSD.
I think that pretty much covers it; once you have it installed, the firmware updated and the drive formatted, you can begin using it like any other drive on the computer (copy files to it, install software there, etc.).

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Hello, I recently purchased a used X220 and want to upgrade it with an SSD. I would prefer a mSata SSD over a conventional 2.5" SSD, however I wonder about the implications for fan noise and temperature. I guess running a mSata SSD in the x220 is a pretty common thing, is it not? Do you guys experience heating problems, especially with higher capacity SSDs (I am thinking about buying a 250g or 500g Samsung 840 EVO). Thanks!

Answer:x220 mSata SSD heating considerations?

Hello,
 
I have noticed no heating/thermal issues using a MyDigitalSSD BP4 240GB mSATA SSD in my X220 for over a year now.  I would imagine that even newer mSATA SSDs draw even less current and radiate less heat than it.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hi, I have just ordered a X220 with the i5-2410m, and was about to also order a 64GB msata SSD. At first I thought i would be fine because the msata problems were only on i7 models, but now i have found a few people saying it also affects some i5 models, however no one lists which ones. Is there a definative list anywhere on which models can use msata anywhere? Also, if i need to wait for bios update, can i install that prior to intalling windows? Or do you need operating system installed to flash bios? Also, does using one 250GB 5400 HD plus msata use much more power? Does anyone know the model of 250GB drive the X220 comes with, so i can check the power draw? Thanks everyone.....looking forward to my new travelling powerhouse. Was origannly going to by samsung series 9 but am glad I found out about this, should be more reliable for travelling the world, and much less likely to get stolen. ( It looks just like my Dad's first laptop 15 years ago 

Answer:X220 i5-2410M msata work or not?

gwicks_56 wrote:Also, if i need to wait for bios update, can i install that prior to intalling windows? Or do you need operating system installed to flash bios?Yours won't come with Windows pre-installed? Anyway, the BIOS can be flashed either with a bootable CD or from Windows with a .exe program (both downloadable from the Lenovo website). gwicks_56 wrote:and much less likely to get stolen. ( It looks just like my Dad's first laptop 15 years ago  LOL, you're right about that. At first glance, it's hard to tell whether a ThinkPad is new or 10 years old. The X220 is a stealthy machine with its combination of old styling and diminutive size. At my office, I was using my X220 to show a colleague how to do something and he said, "You have that installed on your netbook?"

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Hey everybody, I am loving my X220 greatly, and haven't felt like it's inadequate in any way, except now I need a little bit more storage space. Right now I have: 160GB Intel SSD (came with it)60GB OCZ SSD in the mSATA port I'd like to replace it with a much larger mSATA SSD, and then use the Intel SSD for storing backups or other things along those lines. The question I have, is the mSATA port SATA3 or SATA2?  If it's SATA3, I'd like to take advantage of it by using an SSD like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226321 Right now my boot time from the bootloader to the login manager in Linux is 4.6 seconds (very customized Archlinux install), and it's very snappy, but I can't help but wonder if I can make it faster ;-) I have the Core i7 version, if that makes a difference. Thanks!













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Answer:X220 mSATA; SATA2 or SATA3?

mSATA port is SATAII.

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I installed a Intel 310 80GB mSata drive in my X220 and used the system restore discs to reinstall the factory installation to it. I've also installed the latest Intel SSD Toolbox and Intel RST. My questions are: 1) When I goto device manager it says the SSD driver provider is Microsoft instead of Intel, is this correct? I thought when I installed Intel RST it installed Intel drivers? 2) When I open the the SSD Toolbox and goto System Tuner it says my current storage driver doesn't support DIPM and the I should consider changing drivers, change to what? Should I do what is mentioned here http://www.abxzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120968 ? I've attached some screen shots of what I'm talking about.
 
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Answer:X220 mSata Driver and DIPM ?

Do these look correct?

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I figured installing an MSATA drive would be simple.  The hardware installation went well and I ran the Factory Recovery Disks program to create a recovery USB drive. It all seemed so simple. After disconnecting my spinning media, I found that I couldn't boot from the USB drive. Something about an invalid partition table. I ready a couple forum posts and figured the USB partition wasn't marked as 'active'. No problem. I popped it into another machine and opened Disk Manager. Unfortunately, the option to mark the partition as Active was grayed out. No problem, i figured, I'll just start the process all over again and mark it as active on the X220 before I remove it. I formatted the USB drive. Now, I find that I can no longer create a recovery drive since (apparently) only one copy is permitted. Sigh. OK - how do I get a fresh copy of the OS installed on the MSATA drive? I *could* drive copy from the spinning media with another machine, but then I lose the sector alignment benefits of a fresh OS install.  What are my options?  Thanks!!













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Answer:X220 MSATA Install - how bad am I hosed?

Hi, x220_guy, and welcome to the Community!Refering to the unbootable usb stick I'd assume it depends of many factors like stick' vendor and model, the size, condition (new or used), even file system during boot media creation. The needed size is less then 16 gB, my advice isn't to use SanDisk drives.If you still need in advice how to create bootable usb flash drive follow the page below http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74246As for the OS installation onto the msata. You can clone the whole "old" HDD, do the fresh install or recover from the Lenovo Recovery Media. Purchase Recovery Media for your preloaded OS reduction or do it again. Recovery.ini is a key file for that task.

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I have been using my x220 and it's been working great, but I'm slowley runnig out of space. I'm a field tech and our company is picking up a 3rd line and that means more manuals. Right now I'm running a 120gb SSD for the OS with 8gb of ram and a 64gb SD card for the storage. I have 2 opptions in my budget. pickup a 120gb mSATA and run the OS on that and the 120gb SSD as storage, or put back the original 320HDD for storage. I'd love to put in a 240gb mSATA for the OS but at over $200 cant swing that right now. 

Answer:X220, storage options. mSATA and SSD?

'afternoon.
welcome to the community!
 
imho, a great configuration for the X220 is an mSATA SSD for os/swap/temp paired with a fast platter drive in the main bay for data/documents/personal files. others like an all-SSD solution and i don't disagree... i'm just waiting for the 512gb SSDs to come down a little in price, though they're already under $1/gb.
 
my personal X220 is set up with: 256gb m4Crucial mSATA SSD + 512gb 7200 Hitachi Travelstar (7200rpm/32mb cache) + 16gb ram, configured as above.
 
in your situation, where you've already got an SSD in your main bay, i'd probably try to sell the 320gb platter drive to raise funds to allow purchase of the bigger mSATA SSD to use as the data drive and leave your OS on the 120gb main bay SSD. then, as budget/price allow, you could upgrade the main bay to a bigger SSD, reconfiguring the contents as apprpriate.
 
cheers.

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1. Does the x220 thinkpad support SATA III 6Gb/s for the mSATA slot or through the 2.5" drive?2. If so, is it possible to connect the mSATA via PCIe in a way it will support 6Gb/s ?2. Is the mSATA limited to 80GB capacity as said here:"80GB mSATA SSD fits in the WWAN slot. As a result, it is not available with WWAN"( from http://shop.lenovo.com/ISS_Static/ww/wci/us/ww/pdf/X220_datasheet.pdf ) I haven't encountered any official answer throughout the web. I would really appreciate one. Very thanks.Avi










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Answer:X220 mSATA, SSD & ExpressCard Questions

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
1- The mPCIe slot that can accept either WWAN cards or mSATA SSDs is limited to SATA II (3Gb/s).
2- Not that I know of or have ever heard reported. SATA III is supported on the main bay and the dock connectors.
3- I, and others, are running 256GB mSATA SSDs quite successfully. My X220 hasn't stuttered once in over 2 years.
 
Hope this helps.
Regards.

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Hello,I have fitted a MyDigitalSSD 64GB mSATA to my X220. I installed Windows7 from a USB stick onto this (eventually) and all seemed to be working OK. However, I ran a check and the SSD is not performing well (see picture). I since discovered that a driver is needed for this card, which I have found (PhisonFW-S5FAM012). I have set up a USB stick with the relevent files, but the X220 will not boot to it. I managed to get Windows7 to boot from USB by copying the BOOTX64.EFI as described in another thread. Any idea how I would boot the mSATA drivers? (By the way, I realise this will wipe the mSATA drive - never mind!) Many thanks and best wishes. 

Answer:install mSATA drivers on X220

Have you gone into your BIOS and changed the boot order to make the mSATA drive your 1st boot drive (or 2nd after the USB stick)?  If not maybe that will work. Matt

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Hi all,I tried to upgrade my x220 and I've successfully install my "Crucial M500 480GB mSATA SSD" .I can see it when press F12 on the bios screen, and I've update my bios to 1.39 firmware.However, I cannot see the harddrive after I enter win 7.Does anyone have some suggestion? Also, I just burned my recovery disc into an USB harddrive and try to recovery it to default.when I press F12 on the bios screen and click "enter" on the USB harddrive, it showed "Invalid partition table"(I can open the recovery harddrive without an issue)What should I do? Thank you all.

Answer:x220 msata ssd 480GB? and recovery

Hi Swancloud, Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums! As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with msata SSD on your ThinkPad X220. I am sorry to inform you that the Crucial M500 480GB mSATA Internal SSD is not supported for your system and please check with below link for further details. Not compatible, Compatible Hope this helps.
 
Best regards.
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Lenovo x220Winodws 7 64bit, up todateMyDigitalSSD Super Cache2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD I have installed my mSATA card as instructed and that part went fine. Like a couple of other folks the drive is not being recognized by Windows 7. I have checked the storage management in windows 7 and the drive is not there in any form. I have disabled all caching as suggested in some posts in the polices for the drive in windows 7. Again no drive being recognized. Any help you could provide would really be appreciated.thanks













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Answer:mSATA card not being reconized on X220 - Help

Hi camjohnston,
 
There are quite a few threads on this subject on this board, and a knowledgebase article for you to check.
 
Tell us what you find!

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Hey guys! Just wondering if someone might have some insights into my issues: I have a Type 4294-CTO X220T 1) I dissassembled the Keyboard and Palm-rest assembly to take a look at the mSATA / mPCI-E area today. I have a 3x3 Centrino card, but only 2 of the 3 connectors are connected. There are 4 antenna wires black, grey, red, blue. Only the Black/Grey ones are connected. Can I just connect one of the other two in order to get 3x3? I DID order a 3x3 screen! 2) Since I have 4 antennas does that mean I have a WWAN configuration, therefore I cannot use a mSATA SSD? Here is my system configuration:          0A59723       SBB ICI7-2620M(2.7GHZ                                    45M3090       VBB GENUWIN7PROFES.64                                    0A59804       SBB GEN WIN7 PRF64 ENGLISH                                    0A59715       ** SBB 12.5MHDLD BT DLMBR3X3ANT                     &... Read more

Answer:X220 Tablet Antenna and mSATA SSD...

Come on.. someone HAS to have something to add!

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Hi All, I'm enjoying my first ever thinkpad X220 for the last couple of months and love it. It's beautiful and powerful machine. The machine is top of the line in x220 series. The only thing missing is an SSD. 1. System has Ericsson GSM/GPS card. So, does this mean I cannot install mSATA?2. I would like to replace my HDD with SSD. What other SSDs other than lenovos any of you have successfully tested and using? lenovo SSDs are **bleep** expensive.3. What 54mm expresscardis are useful for me? I would like to increase storage. What brand/models do you recommend? I too have noticed the screen light bleeding. It's not bugging me much. But I've seen many complaining about this. Is there a resolution to this problem? Thanking you in advance. regards,Shereef













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Answer:X220 mSATA, SSD & ExpressCard Questions

Hello,
 
The X220 has two MiniPCIe slots, one accepts a "full-height" card that is ~51mm long.  The other accepts a "half-height" card that is ~28mm long.  In the X220, the half-height slot contains the Wi-Fi (802.11n wireless) adapter, while the full-height slot contains the WWAN (3G modem) adapter.
 
The full-height slot on the X220 is designed to acccomodate either a MiniPCIe or a mSATA card.  I do not know whether the half-height slot will recognize a mSATA card.  If you wish to use a mSATA SSD in your X220, you will need to remove the Ericsson GSM/GPS card.  You could then use something like a 3G hotspot for connectivity.
 
The X220 has a 2.5" hard disk drive bay, but this bay only accepts a 7mm high drive, not the more common 9.5mm high drives.  There are, however, numerous hard disk (up to 500GB, 7200 RPM) and solid state drives (up to 600GB) that fit into the drive bay.  I have not used a 7mm high SSD before, but did see a few for sale on U.S. retailer NewEgg's web site.
 
I have used a Wintec 48GB ExpressCard SSD in my W510 for storage and it worked fine, although it did get warm after being in the system for a while.  64 ,96 and 128GB models are now available as well.  I would imagine these work identically in the X220, though I do not think they are bootable.  These are 34mm cards, so you might want to get a little plastic spacer bracket that fills the remaining 20mm if having that open is an iss... Read more

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Hello,I have decided to upgrade RAM to 16GB and replace WWAN modem with an mSata disk in my Lenovo X220 laptop.RAM: GoodRam GR1333S364L9/8G x 2, DISKamsung 850 EVO 250GB (MZ-M5E250BW). The OS used on the laptop is Windows 10 Professional. What I have done:- used a new single RAM stick -> worked -> 8Gb RAM detected- used 2 new single RAM sticks -> only 8GB was detected (checked in BIOS and Windows)- used 1 new 8GB stick + old 4 GB stick -> 12GB was detected- tried combionations of 4GB stick with the other 8GB stick, and RAM slots combinations -> the 8GB sticks are okay when working single or with 4 GB- I decided to leave RAM at 12 GB and continue with mSata part- unplugged and removed WWAN modem and installed mSata- powered on the laptop and entered BIOS -> mSata and 12 GB RAM detected, and because the mSata got higher boot priority that the old 2,5" SSD I changed boot order, and also decided to select the option in BIOS to disable WWAN, and also disabled some beeps (eg when laptop starts, or battery runs out) which annoyed me- saved changes -> laptop died (now nothing gets displayed on the -> keybord lamp blinks for a second, few seconds nothing happens, then there are beeps: 1 beep, 3 beeps, 3 beeps, 1 beep. I have not found the description of this particular beep order.- returned to initial configuration (installed WWAN, old RAM), tried also combination without WWAN or mSAta; and also removed old SSD disk; also unplugged CMOS battery twice ... Read more

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I plan to install an mSATA SSD as a boot drive on my X220, but I'm wondering if this will void the warranty in any way. I have about 2.5 years left on it, and don't really want to waste it. Thanks for the response(s).

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I was wondering how to install a msata ssd into my lenovo x220 laptop. I was also wondering if there are any msata ssds that are reliable and perform well.  My specs are:ThinkPad X220, i7-2620M CPU,8GB RAM,320GB7200RPM HDD, IPS screen,USB 3.0, BT, Cam,FR, Win7x64

Answer:HOW TO install an msata ssd into lenovo x220 laptop.

http://forums.tweaktown.com/storage-devices-methods/44370-upgrade-my-thinkpad-x220-50mm-msata-ssd.ht...

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Dear Colleagues, I have an X220 device with sata disk on board.I want to install an mSata SSD disk 256 GB into it.Is there a list compatible mSata disks? Thank you in advance

Answer:X220 - list of compatible mSata SSD disks

Hello,
 
I have had good results using MyDigitalSSD, Patriot Memory and Samsung mSATA SSDs in my various ThinkPads, including my X220. 
 
I have never heard of one brand being particularly worse than another, and as they are standardized parts, you should just be able to pick a brand and model you like based on performance, price, characteristics, etc., just like you would a conventional hard disk drive.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello Forum,in my x220 (win7x64, 16GB) a Samsung 850PRO 512G SSD is working flawlessly since about 6 months. Some days ago I have bought a Samsung mSATA 850EVO 512GB to add it in the mSATA-slot.Result:- After adding the mSATA 850EVO, the BIOS posts "Error 2100: Dectection Error on HD0", which means the SATA 850PRO is no more recognized.- When I remove the SATA 850PRO, the mSATA is still recognized - but thats not the config I want to use.- When I replace the SATA 850PRO by the original SATA-HD (Hitachi), at the _first_ start the BIOS posts an error for the mSATA (HD2).It still can boot and start Win7, but freezes after some seconds. And after a restart (2nd Boot) I get Error2101, HD0 incompatible.Status:- the x220 has the recent BIOS from October 2016,- the 850PRO the recent firmware EXM03B6Q,- currently there is no firmware update for the 850EVO.Obviously the 850EVO is disturbing the SATA-Handshaking. Any suggestions what I could do to make it work?And finally, who has a working combination of SATA + mSATA:- which SATA-SSD works with- which mSATA-SSD ?Thanks, Thilo

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I'm now on my fourth mSATA SSD in my x220. The first was a Renice X3, which died. The second was a Crucial M4, which started showing bad blocks. The thirs was a Crucial M4, more bad blocks. Now I am on a Plextor M5M. I've got a lot of other SSDs running in other machines with no issues. Has any one else experienced an abnormally high number of mSATA SSD failures? Thanks!

Answer:x220 mSATA SSD failures - system problem?

i am using a mSATA in my X220 and so far it has no problems (8 months of use). Do you still warranty?

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Hi,My new X220 arrived two days ago and my 128GB MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD arrived today. I am trying to transfer the operating system from the HDD to the mSATA SSD.I did the following:- Installed the mSATA SSD- Initialised it (MBR)- Gave it a letter ( D: )- Created factory recovery disks (to USB HDD)- Removed the HDD- Plugged-in the USB HDD- Booted my computer- Selected the USB HDD to boot from- Got a Windows Boot Manager error: "Windows failed to start", File: \Boot\BCD, Status: 0x0000001, Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration dataI am using the default BIOS configuration.What am I doing wrong? Help!

Answer:X220 - mSATA SSD and Factory Recovery Disks

Your scenario looks a little strange.From my expirience even built-in laptop's hdd with Recovery partition can't boot up as an external usb drive.I think you should make the Factory_Recovery media like cd or usb stick.

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I can't run intel toolbox secure erase on my Intel mSata 310, it keeps saying it is locked (Security Freeze), help.I have the mSata drive as a second HD, I've erased the partitions on it, I've even taken it out and put it back in as Intel suggested (not knowing how this would do anything). Thanks 













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Answer:How to Secure Erase an Intel mSata 310 in a X220?

Maybe you could try HDDErase. It could attempt to disable the security freeze. If that fails, you could try hot-plugging.

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Hi Everyone, I am the proud owner of a new x220 with the following spec:* i7 2.70GHz* * gis mem* Bios version 1.21* running Win 7 64-bit professional.* 320 hd I am very proud of my self for installing the Intel Series 310 80 GB mSATA SSD by myself (not very technical).   1. If I hit F12 on boot up the drive is available.  2. Running Lenovo Think Vantage Tool Box and it sees the Intel SSDMAEMC080G2 drive... The question I have is that windows does not see this as a drive from my computer..ect.  My question is how to I get Win 7 to see this drive so I can move my win 7 to it and set as a the boot drive. What step am I missing???  Thanks everyone for your help!!! Chris

Answer:x220 with Intel Series 310 80 GB mSATA SSD (How do you get Win 7 to see drive

I have exactly the same problem, and i'm a step forward :You have to  run "Disk Management" to initialize, partition, and format the drive. After, you will see the drive in windows. But it is not a bootable drive, and the system is not here.I tried to use the thinvantage tool to create a bootable USB stick with the sytem : Don't work ! (message like " "impossible to find files needed by this program" ) only 500 Mo on the stick.I tried to use the windows backup system to have a full system image on an external hard drive : Don't work because Lenovo created a small partition (581 Mo) called SYSTEM_DRV and have only 230Mo free, and windows stop and say every time that for a volume bigger than 500Mo, it will need 320Mo free in this volume. And i can't remove this partition from the backup. I reduced this partition to 490 Mo and it is OK.Lenovo didn't tried this function in the computer before selling it ?After, i tried to create with windows backup possibilities a bootable DVD to use the backup image on the external HDD. but when i boot from it, with the backup HDD connected to be ready to use the backup, it start with "Windows is loading files..." and let me the choice for the OS language and keyboard (french for me) and say just after : "this version of system recovery options in not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair .Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows ."I don't understand, as i created my backup wit... Read more

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I do have a msata II 60gb in my x220, but would like to upgrade it with a bigger model from http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT120M500SSD3  that one is msata III but claims to be SATA 2 compatible.  Will this combination work with my x220? In another blog post I read that it has major drawbacks (much slower)  to use a msata3 drive in a msata2 slot. Is that true?

Answer:x220 msata slot compatible with SATA III

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
I'm using the Crucial 256gb m4 mSATA SSD in my X220. I have Win7Pro64 and my apps on it. I use a platter drive in the main bay for data. No issues whatsoever.
 
You should be fine.
 
Regards.

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Hey all. First off-- I'm Miz Black Crow, it's my first time on the Lenovo boards, because before tonight, I had never owned a Lenovo. But I have to say, this community seems incredibly awesome in every single way, and you guys have been a MAJOR asset in deciding what laptop to buy and how to make it, well, better. I'm the proud momma to a new-to-me, factory-refurbished X220 with an i7 2.7Ghz, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, 6GB RAM (now 16GB RAM, because yesssss), IPS screen, the works. Even came with unexpected bonuses of the webcam, fingerprint scanner AND the dock (none of which Lenovo mentioned in the listing... sweeeeeet). So, being a tinkerer, I swapped for 16GB RAM (booted fine, win7 recognized all of it), made recovery disks, pulled the HDD out, installed a 120GB OCZ Nocti mSATA drive, booted the system. The BIOS recognized the drive but, since it's a new drive, no OS. Dropped the bootable recovery disk in the oh-so-handy dock's DVD drive, ThinkVantage Product Recovery started right up. Asked me for the first data disk, which I happily obliged it with, and now it's.... ...sitting. Laughing at me. Silently. Specifically, it seems stuck on "Current Progress: preparing hard disk" (caps/nocaps Lenovo, not me). It's been sitting like that for 40 minutes. No blinking lights, no progress on the progress bar, no changes at all to tell me if it's working (and since it's an SSD, no drive spin to listen for). The only reason I haven't rebooted and tried again is that the Track... Read more

Answer:X220 mSATA recovery disk install hangup...

....so OMFG I'm an idiot. Not two minutes after posting this kuestion (keyboard issues, no W-but-left-one key) I solved my own idiot, idiot problem. What happened -- I had gotten a popup asking for the 1st data disk. I obliged. I heard the DVD drive spin when I put it in and the popup went away without me clicking the "Okay" button. Because, with the sensitive touchpad, I clicked on the larger Product Recovery window. Which hid the popup. Which stalled my progress. I discovered this by "testing to make sure the trackpoint worked" by moving the Product Recovery window around, uncovering the popup, and clicking okay. The recovery is now going smoothly. **HEADDESK** This is why I shouldn't be allowed to work on computers at 4 in the morning... ~MizBlackCrow

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I have a mydigitalssd msata card that I just got and it's not detected in my laptop.  It's the smart series 256 gb with the sandforce controller.  the laptop is model 4286cto with the i7 CPU and usb 3.0.  I have worked with mydigitaldiscount and am continuing to work with them but in the mean time I want to see if anyone else has had a similar issue or has any ideas.  I have thus far had good interactions with them and their support. I have upgraded and downgraded the firmware various time, from 1.31 to 1.19 and i'm on 1.28 right now.  I did this because i know the X220 with the i7 used to have issues with msata that was fixed in bios 1.18.   the msata card has 2 led's on it, they both momentarily light up on boot, then one of them stays solid on blue after that.  The bios does not seem to detect anything for this device.  If i go to the diagnostic splash screen it does not detect it, if I hit f12 for the boot manager I don't see the msata ssd.  If i go into windows device manager i don't see the ssd.  If i do an lspci in linux I don't see the ssd, if i do an fdisk -l i don't see it, nor do i see it in the dmesg. MyDigitalDiscount was great and cross shipped a replacement to me right away, they got my old one back and tested it and said it worked fine, the new one exhibits the exact same problem and they tested it before shipment. I'm at my wit's end here.  I'm down to thinking the ssd is incompatible with ... Read more

Answer:i7 X220 won't detect MyDigitalSSD SandForce based msata

[Edited 20120715 to fix a typo.  AG]
 
Hello,
 
I was not able to install Windows 7 Professional x64 using the recovery media obtained from IBM on an X220 (M/T: 4286-CTO) with BIOS v1.31 to a MyDigitalSSD 128GB BP3 Bullet Proof 3 mSATA III (6G) SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP3-128, which uses the PHISON S8 controller, I believe.  However, I had no problems installing Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 to the SSD using an ISO downloaded from MSDN.
 
I know this is not exactly helpful, but perhaps the folks at MyDigitalSSD will let you swap the part with a model using the PHISON controller and you can install Windows 7 using a genuine Microsoft ISO/DVD.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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My X220 came with the original 320 HDD AND a 160 SDD.Running out of space. I am looking into 240 and 480GB SDD. But I read that teh X220 is using another (under keyboard) drive, mSATA. a) How can I look up the size of that drive?b) What is it normal used for?c) How can I access/check what is on there?d) Does it make sense to upgrade the capacity of this mSATA?

Answer:x220 4290 - mSATA: current size? upgrade?

x220 can't be equipped HDD and normal SSD at the same time as there is one slot for 2,5" 7 mm in hight drive, which supports sata II specification.Also there is combined full size mini pci-e/msata slot for wwan card or msata SSD in mini pci-e formfactor, supports sata II specification.Correct msata drive is visible within BIOS Setup or any disk management tool like the system one. The size of unformatted drive is shown within BIOS Setup also, the real size is a bit smaller (the difference is about 8...10%).msata SSD drive in combination with installed HDD can be used for cache purpose using cache sw like Lenovo ExpressCache. Usually the drives with limited size of 16..24 GB are using for that. It's a good choice to use the msata SSD with bigger size (at least 64 GB) for OS and programs and HDD - for data.

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HelloI just bought a mydigitalssd 128GB mSATA ssd. After I installed it windows no longer starts. It posts and I can access the BIOS menu but after that it freezes on a black screen for a long time and then flashes a BSOD and restarts. While it is frozen the battery indicator light (next to the bluetooth light) gets stuck on (normally it flashes during boot up).I have a day one pre-ordered x220 with the i7 processor. I updated to the 1.28 BIOS and nothing changed. Windows 7 x64 is installed on my primary drive (vertex 3 ssd). I only want to use the mSATA ssd for more storage. I don't want to install an operating system on it or anything. Right now it is not recognized in the BIOS menu.Any ideas for something to try? Is there some BIOS settings that I need to change? Does this sound like the behaviour of a defective mSATA ssd (strange that it would only prevent windows from starting)?Any help would be greatly appreciated! I need to figure this out quick since I may have to send the drive away for return. Thanks!

Answer:x220 installing mSATA SSD causes Windows to fail to start!

I have some new information that might help someone to understand my problem. It turns out that the mydigitalssd is recognized in the BIOS menu. It is listed as "SATA SSD" (there is no brand name or anything so I didn't notice it). Does anyone else have this mSATA SSD? If so, what is it named in the BIOS menu?When I start my computer it still freezes right when Windows should be starting. When I start it again it asks if I want to run Windows Error recovery. If I run it, it doesn't find any errors. After it ran though I used the advanced options and opened a command prompt. I was able to format the mSATA ssd, assign it a drive letter, etc. This means that the ssd works and that my computer can see it yet it still prevents Windows from starting! (If I take it out, WIndows boots normally). This is really frustrating. Any ideas? Do I need some different drivers? Also, when it freezes it flashes a BSOD before it restarts and I managed to take a picture so I could read the message. It is a Stop error (0x0000007B). If anyone can be of any assistance, please reply. I live in Japan and I don't speak Japanese well enough to get help from a computer technician here.

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Hello guys, today, I installed a new OCZ Nocti 60GB SSD into my x220's msata slot. parallel, i got a hitachi 320gb 7200rpm stock lenovo drive running.the ssd is being perfectly recognised by the bios. i use verison 1.22. now, I want to install win7 on my ssd, which was previously installed on my hdd.I put my win7 copy on a usb thumb drive, boot it up, select install windows.However, upon reaching the "Select the driver to be installed." screen, I get an error thrown at me:"A required CD/DVD drive decive driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now."I do not have any driver concerning my hd/ssd and the ocz website states that a) none is needed and b) that none is provided.I tried to install without having the hd attached aswell, same error. Do any of you guys have any ideas on how to possibly solve the problem? Cheers!













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Answer:x220 mSata SSD OCZ Nocti Win7 Install fails

Is the thumb drive plugged into the USB 3.0 port? I had the same problem on the other notebook when the USB drive was plugged into the USB 3.0 port. Inserting it into the USB 2.0 port solved the problem.

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I just bought the following X220. (Choices In french)After years, I was dreaming for a small lenovo old fashion style, which make me chosse the X220, as the X1 seems to have a lot of lack, and not the old fashion design, and the T420 not so good battery, and bigger one.So my first LENOVO, and I am so excited, so long to wait for it..   I have a few question, after readings page and page about this laptop. - Is the mSATA port installed by defaut on every X220 ? (can not find this answer in PDF and forums) I did not took the Ericsson option, and leave the default choice, which was "Large band integrated, option". So can I buy a mSATA drive before receiving my X220, and be sure that I have the mSATA port to install it? In the lenovo site, I don't have option to select a mSATA drive. - It seems that the Intel 310 80Go is the standard reference for everybody. I presume it is the more stable one, but not the most quicker. As the ssd technology goes quick, I would like to get your "actually" return about the other option, like the Renice or MySsd or other one, at reasonnable price (<250EUR Max), for the OS only. I saw theses models:- 80GB INTEL 310 STABLE BUT SPEED--- 64/128GB MyDigitalSSD 50mm (old ???) Bullet Proof - SEEMSTO BE GOOD COMPROMISE STABLE AND SPEED- OCZ Deneva 2 / Intrepid SPEED SPEED, STABLE?- Samsung PM810 64GB, seemsgood speed, stable ? - I read some people installed a Intel 510 2,5, replacing the 320 SATA, installing it from the ins... Read more

Answer:X220 - mSATA + 320SATA and resumed comments for new buyers

The Intel 310 SSD with firmware FW 02HD or later does have TRIM.  Intel provides a SSD Toolbox that helps to optimize their SSD drives.  I have the X220 with I7 processor and bios 1.21 and have good performance, generally completing booting in about 20 seconds.  The msata slot can also be used for wireless cellular service, so if you one installed the msata slot will not be available.  Jim

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Hello, Has anobody tried to install a half-size mSATA SSD into a WiFi/Bluetooth slot (half size mini pci) on a ThinkPad X220?http://www.amazon.com/128GB-mSATA-Mini-Half-SATAIII/dp/B00BMV4B7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374701412&... I already replaced a 3G/GPS modem with a full size mSATA SSD, it would be awesome to have dual mSATA SSD drives (think like 2 x 128GB), a large 2.5" drive + Bluetooth/WiFi/3G connections using tiny USB dongles on a single tiny machine like X220...

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What is the easiest way to copy the Lenovo image to a mSATA drive so that my X220 will boot from the device?
 
Should I just burn recovery discs, install the mSATA while leaving the 2.5" port empty, and run the recovery process?   I'm only getting a 32GB mSATA drive so maybe copying an image may not work unless the space required is signifcantly less than 32GB for Win 7 64 bit.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
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Answer:Easiest way to copy X220 Lenovo image to a mSATA drive

I must say that Win7 might run out of space very fast on a 32 gig drive. On a brand new X220:Win7 takes up 29 GB, Lenovo Recovery is 12GB..  

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When I try to dock or undock the X220, the laptop freezed, nothing esle you can do but reboot the computer.It's really annoying. the laptop works fine if you don't do the dock/undock when it's running.I think the BIOS should be the latest one. Docking: ThinkPad 0A33932 for X220Laptop: X220I5-25404G80G(msata)+320GWin7Pro-32 Is anyone here who have the same problem or any suggestions?Any reply appreciated. Regards,Sven

Answer:X220 with mSATA ssd always freezes when docks/undock from the docking station

Hello,
 
A few things to check:
 

Make sure that both the X220 and the mSATA SSD have the latest BIOS/firmware installed
Make sure X220 has latest ThinkVantage device drivers and Microsoft OS updates installed
Try running a CHKDSK on the SSD

 
Even if those don't solve the problem, knowing that you've checked them will help rule those out as issues.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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As the thread title states, my SSD is mysteriously missing a ton of space..

It is my C: drive with Windows 10 Pro installed on it.

I put the SSD in, while using Windows7, anyway, I got Win 10 (clean install from scratch), Cloned from HDD to SSD, moved around the boot order (In BIOS the drive is called a Samsung EVO 250)

Only 113 of 250 showing. Where is all my space hiding!?

Figuring the paging and hibernation bits can't possibly account for 137Gb...?

Thanks kindly.


PS - I am terrible with technical computer stuff so please forgive my ignorance, it's just not my specialty.

Answer:Samsung mSATA SSD only show 113/250 GB!?

What size was the HDD you cloned from?

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As the thread title states, my SSD is mysteriously missing a ton of space..

It is my C: drive with Windows 10 Pro installed on it.

I put the SSD in, while using Windows7, anyway, I got Win 10 (clean install from scratch), Cloned from HDD to SSD, moved around the boot order (In BIOS the drive is called a Samsung EVO 250)

Only 113 of 250 showing. Where is all my space hiding!?

Figuring the paging and hibernation bits can't possibly account for 137Gb...?

Thanks kindly.


PS - I am terrible with technical computer stuff so please forgive my ignorance, it's just not my specialty.

Answer:Samsung mSATA SSD only show 113/250 GB!?

What size was the HDD you cloned from?

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I recently ordered the W550s with a 500 GB HDD because selecting the option of a 512 GB SSD was going to add 4-5 weeks to the delivery schedule and I was not willing to wait that long (my Dell M3800 has suddenly died a miserable death with multiple failures). I would like to upgrade the 500 GB HDD to an SSD immediately after the unit arrives?hopefully in two weeks. Instead of installing the 2.5 inch Samsung PM851 512 GB SATA III that Lenovo includes when you opt for 512 SSD, I am considering installation of the new Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB mSATA 2-Inch SSD. That SSD is getting really good reviews on Amazon, and the price is excellent at $250. However, there may be some issues with such an upgrade at the moment. No software and limited documentation are delivered with the Samsung SSD drive and Samsung Magician version 4.5 does not support the drive. To get around the software support, I plan to use a Apricon SATA Wire Notebook Hard Drive Kit that is packaged with user-friendly Cloning Software and a USB 3.0 connection for fast data transfer. There could also be a form factor issue. The drive measures 1.18" x 2" x 0.15" and the side with the contacts in only 1.18 inch. Have any of you looked at this upgrade option and what are the pitfalls that I may encounter? I will be using Windows 7 Pro.





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Answer:Upgrading W550s to Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB mSATA SSD

I'm currently running the Samsung 850 Pro 1TB in my W550s, and it works great. I have had no issues. I do NOT have the mSata version, though, i have the regular 2.5" Sata III version.

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Hello, I need to check if the Samsung EVO 120GB msata is compatible with my e530.Actually in my laptop I have a Samsung 840 Pro but I need to add one more SSD ( I use a lot VM with a heavy load ) and I'm planning to use the msata for page files so they can feed memory to my VM. Is this config possible ?? Regards.

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I bought an i7 / 8GB / 256GB Yoga 2 Pro last week and wonder about the the Samsung MZMTE256HMHP-00L1 SSD.   It seems like the reads are SATA3 speed, but the writes are SATA2 speed?  What's up with that?  Surely the form factor (mSATA vs SATA3 2.5") shouldn't cripple the write speed, should it? I've run CrystalDiskMark (above), Anvil and AS SSD benchmarks and they are all about the same. The write speeds are similar to when I had a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB in my SATA2 notebook, but the read speeds are similar to when I installed that 840 EVO in my SATA3 desktop. Why are the write speeds so low? Also, Samsung Magician 4.4 says it cannot find a Samsung SSD in my Y2P? 





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I installed a new Samsung EVO mSATA card in my X220T and neither the BIOS or Windows 8.1 are recognizing the drive. Drive: mSATA Samsung EVOLaptop Model: 4294-CTO Nothing from either company says or even suggests these are incompatible.  I verified I have the very latest BIOS version from Lenovo.  I have read that there were issues with other models.  I have tried removing and reinstalling the drive multiple times and inspecting the connection carefully, making certain it's fully inserted.  I tried following the other attempts including checking BIOS settings, multiple reboots, and even taking out a memory stick booting, shutting down, putting it back in, booting, and nothing.  Nothing I do gets the computer to recognize the drive.

Answer:X220T compatible with mSATA Samsung EVO SSD?

mSATA Samsung EVO is 500GB if it matters. (shouldn't b/c I can't find any spec on my laptop that says there is a limit, so if I find out there is -- "I shall be very put out"

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Hello everyoneMy laptop old hard drive have been damaged Seagate 1tb with 8ssd When I open my laptop I found m2 slot Does it work and can I install windows 10 on ithttps://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-Internal-MZ-M5E250BW/dp/B00TGIVTP2


























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Answer:does my Lenovo y510p supports Samsung 850 msata ssd

I don't think that one will work in the y510p's M.2 slot. I found this image which shows the size difference.http://imgur.com/tYBSjUMAs far as I know, what would be compatible with that slot is an M.2 2242 SSD.Like these ones:https://www.amazon.com/ADATA-Ultrabook-Compatible-Excellent-ASP600NS34-128GM-C/dp/B012ASBZEO/ref=sr_...Orhttps://www.amazon.com/Transcend-256GB-MTS400-Solid-TS256GMTS400/dp/B00KLTPUG4/ref=pd_sim_147_34?_en...I'm also not entirely sure if the y510p can boot from the m.2 slot without some kind of special software/tinkering.In the course of reserching to solve my own y510p issues I've read quite a bit about the y510p, I do recall the recommendation someone got on a different gaming performance focused message board was that the best performance would be achieved by mounting an SSD(non-specific about type) into a 2.5" adapter caddy(or using an SSD in the 2.5" format) and using it in place of the original HD. (They also suggested using the original HD as a second drive in an ultrabay caddy, which might be an option if you aren't also using the ultrabay for a second videocard for SLI)I've read mixed results when attempting to use Windows 10 with the y510p, ranging from almost no issues(using Win8.1 drivers) to completely non-functional; Win10 isn't officially supported by Lenovo on the y510p. However Windows 8.1 seems to be quite stable on the system in my experience, and I think it would be suitable for most needs.

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Hello all,
One way to fully erase an SSD is to erase and repartition the drive, then fill the new partition, forcing the drive to overwrite the blocks. But I know there is a simple low-level command to tell most SSDs to erase all blocks. How can I do this? The SSD in question is a Samsung PM851 from a Latitude E7250. Is there a BIOS command I can run on the laptop? I currently have the mSATA drive removed from the laptop and it's in an external case, but I can reinstall it into the laptop if a BIOS command is needed. Samsung won't support the drive as it's only sold to OEMs.
I have seen that the program "Parted Magic" claims to be able to do this - but I shouldn't need to purchase something to erase a drive like this. What is the command I need to send to the drive? How do I do it using Dell supported methods? It should be a quick and easy thing to do.
Thanks

Answer:Secure Erase Samsung PM851 mSATA SSD?

Depending on the system model -- if it's a newer system -- there's generally a "wipe drive" option in UEFI setup (F2 at powerup).

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I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 1TB - my W520 does not see it. Is this device compatible with the W520's internal mSATA socket? And if not can I buy a mSATA controler? Thanks













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Answer:Thinkpad W520 - BIOS does not see mSATA Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Everything is working now - the drive was not seated properly

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Hi there, I have a first-generation Thinkpad X1 Carbon (3444-F9U) and I'd like to replace its 128GB SSD. Does anyone know if the 1TB Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD is compatible with this laptop? Thanks!













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Answer:ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1st gen.): is Samsung 840 EVO mSATA compatible?

Hi,no:x1c gen1 utilizes Small Form Factor (SFF) SSD, 22x80 mm, less then 3 mm in thickness;msata SSD is another form factor, 30x50 (52mm), about 5 mm in thickness, has another connector. Even if you'll find adapter "msata SSD to SFF" I don't think it might be fitted.It could be better to use m.2 SSD 22x60 mm with appropriate adapter "m.2 to SFF" and trik, there is a such successfull expirience on the forum.

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Hi alli have plans to get the Samsung 830 SSD (128GB) for my X220 - it seems like the best alternative for a 7mm drive, since neither OCZ MI or HyperX is availiable in 7mm height - and i will not risk my 3 years on-site warranty rebuilding any part of my laptop. Does any of you have any experience with the Samsung 830 in a Lenovo laptop?





/Henrik - DenmarkX220 - i7-2620, 8GB, 128GB Samsung 830 SSD (I just LOVE my X220!)









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Answer:X220 and Samsung 830 SSD

Hello, It appears that some SSDs may require a firmware update from Lenovo to function properly. See list here:  SSD Firmware Updates. Note that some Samsung drives are listed there. However, even if your drive is not listed, there is no guarantee that it will work on first install because I have seen Lenovo come out with firmware updates that contain additional drives (as they discover them I guess). I would strongly recommend that you ask the community for specific SSD drives they have installed successfully and take from there to avoid potential frustration after the fact. Good luck!

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Hello

Drivers needed for a Samsung mSATA 512GB SSD .
According to my records it is a:
"Samsung 512GB mSATA PM841 Series MZMTD512HAGL-00000 SATA III MLC Internal SSD".

I have tried searching Samsung's various sites and found it to be intensely confusing!

Background:
I am attempting to do a fresh install of Windows 10 onto may Samsung laptop and Windows can't see the drive.

Many thanks

J

Answer:Drivers needed for a Samsung mSATA 512GB SSD (PM841 ??)

Hi ship69,

Please, can you confirm your model number for the laptop?

I have found a firmware update here

I would also recommend a BIOS update, however, I will need the laptop model to locate a link for you.

There may also be an option to disable in the BIOS. Perhaps you could try and restore to optimised defaults?

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Hey Team, Just wanted some guys in the know to whey in on any distinct advantages between these two ssd's. I have read the upgrade HDD to SSD posts, with different people choosing either the samsung or the crucial mSata, but I wasn't cristal clear on why each person made those choices. In my point of view, the Crucial mSata 256GB (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-256GB-mSATA-Internal-CT256M4SSD3/dp/B0085J17UA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=...) is winning so far as it's cheaper, smaller (minor), and allows me to keep my HDD installed but powered down for extra storage (for movies etc). Samsung 840 has some benefits including: enabling to upgrade the mSata port to a WWAN in the future (I think, can someone clarify if this is possible??), having faster read write cycle times.... even though I probably wont notice any difference. I will probably make a purchase (Crucial mSata is winning atm) this week so could you guys tell me if I have missed anything on Pros and Cons of the two different drives. As a side question, can I completely power down the HHD to an off state, not idle state, when in battery mode if I had the 256 GB mSata installed ???? Otherwise it wouldn't be as attractive from a power saving / mixed hard drive point of view. Thanks for your advice in advance.

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Is the Haswell X1 Carbon 20A7 compatible with Samsung EVO 500GB SSD?  500GB 2.5-inch 840 EVO SSDMZ-7TE500 Thanks

Answer:ThinkPad X1 20A7 Carbon (2ND gen.): is it compatible with Samsung 840 EVO mSATA?

Hi,
 
According to the specs and the Hardware Maintenance Manual the gen 2 X1 Carbon uses an M.2 SSD.  Your proposed drive isn't compatible.
 
Z.

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The HD in my T520 failed and now I am trying to install a mSATA SSD as a bootable drive to increase the speed while buying a HD as the main storage. The compatibility of mSATA with T520, however, can be an issue.I read from posts online that some other folks have tested Intel 310 mSATA, and it's compatible with T520.But I personally like Samsung 850 EVO mSATA better than Intel 310 (a lot cheaper), and would like to ask you guys opinion as whether it will be compatible just like the Intel 310 does. Any input would be appreciated.http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memo ... Z-M5E250BWIn addition, as for the HD, I would use HGST 0J22423 1TB / 2,5 inch SATA, is there any reason to believe that it may not work? I have confirmed that it matches in terms of the physical dimensions (2.5'', 9.5mm), rpm (7200) and 3Gb/s, but just in case there is some factor that I don't know of.Thanks a lot!

Answer:Compatible as bootable drive for T520? Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD

I have used a Samsung 840 EVO but have never tried the 850. I have used the 1TB Hitachi drive without any problems,

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I purchased a new 500GB Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD for my Dell Latitude e5440 (running Windows 7 Pro).  The new drive was not visible in 'Computer', so I downloaded, installed, and ran the Samsung Magician software.
The Samsung software shows the drive is present.  And there was a "Validate" button - which I clicked - and now: "Drive Health Status: Good" and "Serial Number: Genuine" is displayed.
However the SSD is not visible when I double-click Computer, and the Samsung software states:
a. "AHCI Mode. Deactivated (IDE or RAID).  AHCI Mode is required for the best SSD performance."
b. SATA Interface N/A. Unable to detect SATA interface details.
c. OS Optimization N/A. OS optimization is only supported for disks using an OS drive.
Question 1: Will enabling this AHCI mode allow Windows to recognize the SSD?
Question 2: How do I do that?
Question 3: Will activating AHCI mode 'switch off' (disconnect) my 2.5" HDD?  (I want to keep Windows 7 on the 2.5" HDD, and install Windows 10 on the SSD to have a dual-boot system until I get used to Windows 10.)

Answer:Dell Latitude e5440 - Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD not recognized

1. Yes.
2.  Change it in system setup (F2 at powerup).
3.  You can dual boot but can't change the setup type to AHCI without reinstalling Windows onto the two drives  you want to use.  You will lose the contents of the hard drive when you do this.

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I have a Lenovo X220 laptop with a 320GB Hitachi hard drive,and it works just fine. But I decided I needed more speed,so I bought a Samsung 830 SSD for it. I cloned the entireX220 hard drive to the SSD (using a USB external case andHDClone4), and everything looks fine on the SSD (when viewedwith Partition Wizard on another machine while the SSD is stillin the USB enclosure). But the SSD will not boot in the X220!It starts, and in fact it gets as far as saying "Starting Windows",and then moving the four color dots (of Windows 7) around alittle bit, and then it momentarily flashes the dreadedwhite-on-blue screen (so fast you cannot tell what it says),and then it enters the recovery-menu screen. Bummer!I called Lenovo tech support and they essentially told me toGET LOST because they "don't support" me installing an SSD(even though the X220 User's Guide shows exactly that).I've used HDClone4 several times in the past (to clone harddrives for my stable of Lenovo T60 laptops), and it seems toalways work just fine. So why is this not working for my X220and Samsung 830? Note that, while I don't expect Lenovo tocertify compatibility with every flea-bit SSD on the market,this Samsung 830 is highly regarded by many well-respectedreviewers (Tom's Hardware, my favorite, in particular).Has anyone here heard this song before? Is there somethingpeculiar about the X220 and/or the Samsung 830? I'd sureappreciate any helpful advice. Thanks.












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Answer:X220 Won't boot Samsung 830 SSD

Did you uninstall (+ reboot) Lenovo Rapid Boot before cloning the HDD drive ?





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Has anyone else reviewed the Samsung mSATA performance ratings? They may shock you! Check them out below and see why I was surprised...  Read / Write MZMPC032HBCD-00000: Sequential Read Sector Up to 500MB/sSequential Write Sector Up to 90MB/s Absolutley horrible write speeds! Am I reading this wrong? I just reinstalled Windows 7 using a Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD as the new boot drive and the mSATA as secondary (most likely just for storage, as a scratch disk, etc.). Check out the details for the Samsung mSATA drive here (http://www.samsung.com/us/business/oem-solutions/pdfs/PM830_mSATA%20SSD_32_64_128_256GB_Spec_1.0.pdf) BIG DIFFERENCE!

Answer:Samsung 32GB mSATA - MZMPC032HBCD-00000 Performance Ratings

It's a Samsung.......all Samsung products EXCEPT TVs are crap.....nuff said





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Hey,I got a Samsung PM830 32gb off of ebay and put it in my w530. But I don't seem to be able to get it recognized by Intel's drivers.  It shows up in the bios and seems perfectly functional with the msachi driver loaded.  Did I manage to just get a funky chip or am I doing something wrong? I'd like to use intel's drivers which seem to be a bit faster, but the caching on my secondary hard drive is also desireable. Any insight or suggestions?  I've tried intel's 11.2, & 11.7 versions (in Win7 Pro)

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I know some of you have the Samsung 830.  Yesterday I used the Samsung W7 firmware update option to update my 830.  The BSOD appeared towards the end.  Once I force powered off and restarted, everything seemed to work fine and W7 loaded new SSD drivers, I guess due to the firmware update. I have run the Samsung optimization software, and have the recommended settings. However, the size of my SSD has more or less doubled from about 112 GB to 224 or there abouts.  I ran the Samsung Magician garbage cleanup tool.   Still showing more or less double the space as before the firmware update/crash.  Confirmed that the firmware update was successful. Any ideas where about 100GB plus could be hiding or why the SSD is reporting all the space being occupied?  thanks













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Answer:X220 Samsung 830 SSD firmware update

I discovered that the Samsung 830 firmware update had nothing to do with my space problem.   I found a hidden folder "RRbackup" which is part of the rescue and recovery program.  Apparently, since the time came and went to automatically backup my X220 and my USB HDD was not plugged in, on 7 January, RnR backed up my SSD onto itself.  After doing some google work, just googling RRbackup, many people have this backup, which is hidden, and can take up lots of space.  I will disable the "schedule your backups" option as that what triggered the backup.  Like Windows R&R I simply thought Lenovo RnR would not backup if the USB HDD I selected was not plugged in at the scheduled time.  I was wrong. I printed off the RnR user guide a while back but did not see any mention of this type of outcome.  I deleted the RnR local backup, which I did not expect to be created in the first place, and got back 112GB.   I thought I would use RnR - I am sure it is great, but I don't have a semester to sit around and try and figure it out.

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Just wanted to share my SSD upgrade experience. With the recent Windows 10 timeline announcement, I decided to extend the life of my X220 for another 8 months. As it's the best machine I've ever had. I've been almost full on my X220 software development machine for months. The factory SSD was the Intel 320 Series, 160GB. I settled on the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB for the replacement. Also purchased a Startech USB3.0 (and 2) to SATAIII adaptor Part# USB3S2SATA3. I downloaded the Samsung Data Migration software (also comes on CD with SSD). I closed all running software, and started the Data Migration software. The source and target alreaded selected, in my case, you simply click Clone. Once the clone process was finished, I swapped out the Intel SSD and inserted the Samsung. Plastic rails fit like a glove. The X220 booted without issue, and runs perfectly. There is a small performance boost as a bonus. Overall a simple process.

Answer:X220 SSD Upgrade experience - Samsung 850 Pro

Could you, please, perform AS SSD test?

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Original SSD failed. Purched new drive noted in subject line.Bios does not detect drive in either slot on motherboard. Any help would be appreciated.Also, I do not have recovery media, but I do have another functional Yoga13.Can I copy the recovery partitions to usd and boot from that?

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I am using a Thinkpad X220 (4291) laptop with 8 gigs of RAM.  I recently switched my HDD for an SSD (Samsung 840 which is 500G).  I have been following the posts and have set the BIOS accordingly as well as updated firmware for the drive.  I use Crystal Disk Mark for measuring the read/write of the drive and am not getting the speeds I should.  I currently get: -----------------------------------------------------------------------CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo                           Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/-----------------------------------------------------------------------* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]           Sequential Read :    93.514 MB/s          Sequential Write :    95.135 MB/s         Random Read 512KB :    89.534 MB/s        Random Write 512KB :    89.051 MB/s    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) :    12.735 MB/s [  3109.1 IOPS]   Random Write 4KB (QD=1) :    29.898 MB/s [  7299.3 IOPS]   Random Read 4KB (QD=32) :    85.220 MB/s [ 20805.6 IOP... Read more

Answer:X220 with Windows 7 (64 bit) Pro using SSD Samsung 840 (500G) drive

I have an X220 with W8 Pro and Samsung 840 Pro.  Getting 528 read and 474 sequential write.   Did you install the Samsung Magician software and update the firmware on the SSD?  Samsung Magician will also provide a speedtest you can check against crystal disk mark. Lots of sites for optimizing SSD settings but unless it is a firmware issue I don't know why you would get such slower speeds. Kent

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Hello Lenovo Forums. As I am glad to see this forum, I wish I was doing something else with my time then writing about my problems with the Thinkpad X220 and my Samsung 840 Evo 256gb SSD drive. Let me give you a rundown of my past 4 months... October 2014.Purchased Thinkpad X120E. 1.5ghz processor and low memory made it horrible. Thankfully i bought it cheap.Put in 8gb and bought the Samsung 840 Evo 256gb SSD drive to help it. It made the laptop much more responsive but it still sucked...so I sold it. I kept the SSD drive for my 'future' thinkpad.I did the firmware update on the SSD as it required it. It currently has the most recent firmwareWhen I bought the SSD drive, I plopped it in, installed windows then openSUSE and enjoyed it for a bit. Never gave me an issue at all.January 2015Purchased an off-lease X220 with the 2.6ghz processor. Has a 320gig 7200rpm drive in it. Put in 16GB of memory and love it.After playing with it for a bit, I did the most recent BIOS upgrade (1.39) and prepared it for the SSD install.I put in the Samsung 840 evo. Turning on the laptop it sits at thinkpad logo a lot longer then usual. After a bit it goes to the Error 2100.I went into the BIOS, HDD is not detected at all.I kept trying to boot/restart but no go. I always see that Error 2100. I can tell when it won't boot because the thinkpad logo sits for a long time and it seems that the HDD light is always on.I tried to boot with and without UEFI...no go.I tried to boot with SATA a... Read more

Answer:Samsung 840 evo with x220 gives me the common 2100 error

Hello,
 
I have not had any issues using a 500GB Samsung 840 (original model, not EVO or PRO) SSD or a 256GB Samsung 840 PRO SSD in my X220.  Perhaps there's an issue with the SSD not lining up exactly inside the X220's internal drive bay?  Are you using the drive caddy and rubber rails from the original HDD to install the SSD into the X220? 
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Everybody--New to this foruml, so I don't know if this solution was already mentioned, but..... My x220 wouldn't boot this morning; it kept going to the prompt indicating the the drive isn't working or wasn't recognized (I forget the wording).  But I read somewhere that the SSD may just be loose.  So, I flipped the laptop over, removed the one screw holding the plastic cover for drives then the cover itself, slid out the SSD then slid it back in again firmly.  It booted right up like nothing ever happened!  And here I was planning to bring it to a repair place and possibly having to replace the whole machine! Hope this helps anybody else with this or a similar boot problem. Cheers,GeraldoX220  

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I recently upgraded my 18 months old X220 Sandy Bridge i7 and replaced, the wifi card, added 4 more GB, and replaced the 320gb HDD with the Samsung 840(non pro) 512 GB SSD. I  replace the HDD with SSD, and clean install windows 8 on the SSD and install Thinkvantage to update device drivers. My Bios POST time is 5-6 secs after hitting power until the Thinkpad logo appears and disappear. After that, it take another 3 secs for the blue Windows 8 logo and another 6 secs until I am automatically log in(I set it up that way to test). So total time is roughly 15-16 secs. Of course this is after a hybrid shut down, not after a restart when Windows 8 really shut down the computer. That is fantastic bootup time and now I use my laptop more than my tablet solely because I no longer have to wait for those 2 minutes bootup time just to browse the internet. Now this is fine except I am getting a little jealous of this guy's boot up time: https://vimeo.com/47759337 His is roughly 10 secs. And he is running an i3 and not really a clean install. He mentioned UEFI mode. Every time I go into the bios to set boot to UEFI and not both or legacy, I get a blue screen at boot up time asking me to select my Samsung SSD. The problem is, I select it and nothing happens. The screen stays there displaying the same thing. So I have to power off and change the UEFI mode to legacy or both in order for windows 8 to booth. Is that how it is supposed to work? Looking at his b... Read more

Answer:X220 Sandy Bridge i7, Samsung 840 SSD, startup time

Hello,
 
I believe that when you select UEFI for your firmware, instead of BIOS, it appears with different hardware characteristics to the operating system.
 
Have you tried updating the BIOS to the latest version, enabling UEFI and then reinstalling Microsoft Windows 8 so it detects the hardware correctly?  If so, does that provide a faster boot time?
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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1. Have any of you tried installing a Samsung SSD 830 Series drive in the X220, and if so can you recommend or dis-recommend? 2. Can anyone definitively verify whether or not the SSD 830 drives support full disk encryption?  I see conflicting information about that on the internet... Thank you. 

Answer:X220 with Samsung SSD 830: Success? Full Disk Encryption (FDE)?

Hii have a Samsung 830 128GB in my X220 - and i am very very happy with it.  Fast boot and very fast program loading.See this thread: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/X220-and-Samsung-830-SSD/td-p/583323.Boot time from BIOS screen disappear until desktop availiable about 25 sec., until all programs loaded it is about 35 sec.Loading of programs like Word/Excel takes <1sec. I dont use encryption.





/Henrik - DenmarkX220 - i7-2620, 8GB, 128GB Samsung 830 SSD (I just LOVE my X220!)

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Answer:Thinkpad X220 I want to upgrade my SSD to the new Samsung 500GB EVOS. Has anyone tried this?

Hello,
 
I have an older 512GB Samsung 840 (non-Pro) in my X220.  No problems noted.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello everyone, I have bought an Samsung SSD 840EVO Msata 250GB for my ideacenter A730.I have installed the harddisk as in instructions and have found the disk in my bios and can move it in the boot sequence. Once i start the pc and try to find the disk, its not in my configuration screen nor disk manager. I have windows 8.1 installed I have tried several changes in bios and read some at the help how to get the disk. In the disk manager in windows it will not show anything besides my internal 2.5 hdd and dvdplayer. Can anyone give me some advise how to get this beauty of an SSD to work. thank you!













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Answer:Lenovo A730 with Samsung SSD 840EVO msata, issues to get disk in windows explorer, windows 8.1

hi ChrisNijmegen,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
 
When you saud Disk Manager, do you mean Disk Management or Device Manager?  It will help if you could give a screenshot of the Disk Management:
 
Disk Management (press the Windows key? +R, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter)
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If the drive is not under Device Manager / Disk Management, can you try to:
1. Install Samsung SSD Magician software and check if the drive is detected there
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2. Apply this microsoft fix - Hardware devices are not working or are not detected in Windows
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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I have an X220 | 2.7 i7 | 8GB Ram | 160 SSD w/ 1366/768 HD FlexView display& Intel Graphics HD running Windows 7 64 Bit
 
Intel Driver - 8.15.10.2538 (build 9/26/11)
 
 
Day one of my X220 (upgrade from the X201s). I have a Samsung 244T Monitor that outputs 1920x1200. When connecting the VGA port to the 244T and selecting "extend desktop" the image displayed on the 244T appears to be overscanning and is shifted to the left.  When made a main monitor, you cannot see the Windows key or the 1st icon on the task bar nor the time/date on the right!
 
I've done a bunch of troublshooting on it already such as:
- swapping VGA cables
- swapping power cords on the monitor
- uninstalling the "Generic PNP" monitor driver that by default loads when i plug the VGA cable in
- Installed the special driver for the 244t (from 2005)
- tested my X220 on other monitors (both 4:3 & 16:9, all Samsung syncmasters of different sizes) - it works fine on these
- tested & confirmed on another 244T the overscan issue in extended monitors still exists
- tested & confirmed my old X200s is able to properly display 1920x1200 in extended display mode
- tested DUPLICATING monitors (in the Lenovo native resolution of 1366x768) and do NOT experience the overscan
- adjusted horizontal & vertical within the OSD of the 244T (the thresholds are minor)
- used auto adjust on the 244T
- played around with the scaling in the advanced properties of Intel Graphics Control ... Read more

Answer:X220 Overscan in Monitor Extension with Samsung 244T - Can't properly display Extended Display

Hi, I got the same problem.Did you get any help of could sovle the problem yourself ?reg Andy 

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I don't want to do a clean install but clon my OS & Apps  to the 500gb ssd & keep my 2TB Hd for files. I'm a new to this and need step by step instruction if this is possible. 
Thanks 

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