Lenovo Thinkpad X230, i want to upgrade to SSD

Oct. 13, 2021, 12:05 a.m.


I have Lenovo Thinkpad X230, i want to upgrade to SSD, and to my knowledge, x230 has sata and msata slots. If I want to upgrade, which one should I choose?

will the ssd speed be limited? or it can run at 6Gb/s?


Oct. 12, 2021, 1:23 a.m.

The msata is limited to sata 2 whilst the data port is full speed.

Thank you, if I use the sata slot will get the full speed of 6gb/s?

Yes. It’s why I use it for my main drive. mSATA goes to my Linux drive.

thank you

Oct. 13, 2021, 10:57 a.m.

I also have X230. My recommendation? If this is your ONLY machine, slot in 500GB 2.5 SSD to internal SATA and be done with it. Easily done, easy to migrate since there are cheap USB 3.0 <-> SATA converters but AFAIK no msata-USB adapters, and it will run on native SATA 3 speed. msata port is limited to SATA 2 speeds. It might be up to a discussion if it is noticeable, but i think 2.5 SSDs are significantly cheaper for same capacity than msata SSDs. At least here in central europe.
If capacity is your issue, that can be solved with ultrabay with DVD drive swapped with HDD - or classic 4337 dock with external HDD over USB 3.0 should do the trick.

Unless you're used to have lots and lots of movies/series/music on the go - and even that can be mitigated by at least some management - i use NAS which i build from spare parts - you're good to go :)

Oct. 13, 2021, 11:23 a.m.

The ivy bridge chipset has 3 SATA connections, two are sata 3 (6Gb/s) and one is sata 2 (3Gb/s) one sata 3 port is connected to the 2.5" drive bay, one is connected to the dock connector, and as stated earlier the the msata slot is only sata 2 3Gb/s

There is a guy working on an expresscard m.2 PCIe adapter but afaik it isn't ready yet, that will use the 1x PCIe 2.0 connector to give about 500MB/s both ways (read and write)

If I choose the sata port, will I get the full speed of 6gb/s?

There are 3 SATA ports.

The internal HDD bay is 6Gb/s
The mSATA is 3Gb/s

Thanks, so I have to use sata port for HDD, in order to get full speed 6Gb/s?

thank you

Oct. 13, 2021, 1:13 p.m.

2.5” SATA will be an easy solution to avoid trouble later.

Oct. 13, 2021, 6:12 p.m.

I got a 128GB mSATA for OS and 1TB 2.5" SSD for data / games / stuff in mine and it is perfect! Had a 2TB spinner HD before I upgraded the 2.5" slot and it was perfect like that too.

I haven't benchmarked the drive speeds because frankly, they don't matter at all. It is snappy and quick doing everything I throw at it.

Oct. 13, 2021, 1:34 a.m.

Lenovo does not recommend mSata for boot.

That was for cache

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