W520 is disappointingly slow

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  1. Kaso

    Kaso Notebook Virtuoso

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    True.

    You can use an Ultrabay caddy adapter to install a second HDD, then use an external adapter/enclosure to reuse the ThinkPad optical drive (for those rare occasions).

    Look at this, this and this for ideas.
     
  2. LoneWolf15

    LoneWolf15 The Chairman

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    Note that slow is relative, however. While an mSATA SSD may be slower than a SATA model, it is still so much faster than a hard drive. I think when it comes to SSDs, many people are splitting hairs when it comes to performance, unless you have some very specialized need.

    I like using mSATA because I can still use a hard drive for storage then. I use symbolic links in Windows 7 to keep my user profile folder on the hard drive, which makes reloading the OS easier without data loss, and also increases security, as SSDs aren't quite as simple to erase if you need to replace them.

    This is partially true, but not entirely. It really depends on your usage patterns. I work in IT; for me, it pays to have an optical drive handy if I need to create media to service another system. Not every system I work on is USB-bootable, and in some cases, I need to create something custom quickly that might not work with a flash drive. While I have the T420 in my case, I have the best of all worlds, IMO: an mSATA SSD for boot, a reasonably fast hard drive for storage, and I still have an optical drive.
     
  3. novice973

    novice973 Notebook Guru

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  4. zsero

    zsero Notebook Deity

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    Buy the nimitz one! You have a W520 and you are sparing on a few dollars? That one is the perfect size and works well!
     
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    mikew3456 Notebook Consultant

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    will this fit the w530?
     
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    Thors.Hammer Notebook Enthusiast

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    That's what I use in the T420 and W510 12.7mm UltraBay. Unless Lenovo changed the W530, it should work.
     
  7. novice973

    novice973 Notebook Guru

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    OK, will get the nimitz. But, the advertising on the other one made it sound like this is the one to use.
     
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    whooops, i guess i messed that up. so the stock w530 drive will be sata3, will it work with this enclosure just at slower speeds?
     
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