Looking for storage upgrade ThinkPad Yoga S1

Nov. 26, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

Looking for storage upgrade advice please...

I have a ThinkPad Yoga S1 with a 500GB mechanical disc and also a 16GB M.2 SSD cache drive.

What would be the better route? Do away with the mechanical disc (and the M.2 SSD) altogether and replace that with a regular SSD or try and find a bigger M.2 SSD to install the OS and programs on and keep the 500GB mechanical disc for data?

I’d appreciate any advice and thoughts... thanks

Nov. 26, 2021, 12:30 a.m.

Ditch the mechanical drive and install two SSDs would be the best route.

yes I guess looking realistically that would be the best but if I was only to have one SSD what would your thoughts be please? I don’t want to spend too much on this machine really

I would replace the m2 with a much larger one and use as OS drive

thanks, this was my gut feeling as the best option

oddly, looking at prices it would be cheaper to Chuck in a 1TB SSD on it’s own than put in a 240gb M.2 and a 500gb SSD and I’d end up with more storage

there's 120gigs SSD on aliexpress that goes around 15eur. , that's worth it and enough for your OC, even if you dualboot Windows/Linux (80 gigs for Win, 40 for Linux) perhaps invest in abigger HDD if you need extra room, idk...

Nov. 26, 2021, 10:19 a.m.

Use 1 regular SSD. Old m. 2 ssd is not worth it.

thanks, I’d be interested to know why that is, it’s still a solid state drive after all?

older m.2 on lenovo are usually way pricier than regular nvme but slower. they are also not much difference than Regular SATA SSD, and SATA SSD is cheaper. this is because older m.2 on old lenovo is not used more commonly than regular nvme and regular SATA SSD

I am referring to price from my country, but yours might be different

thanks yes I appreciate what you are saying, I can get a 1TB SATA SSD for about £67 and a 240GB M.2 for just under £30, so for £30 I would have a separate SSD for OS and programs and the current 500GB HDD for data, or just dump the M.2 and get the 1TB SSD and keep everything on there. Not sure which way to go really. I'm in the UK.

upgrading m.2 might be the best since you still can use HDD. but if I were you, I will dump the HDD and just use the 1TB SATA HDD. unless if the m. 2 is a pcie nvme, I might still keep the hdd.

thanks, no the motherboard will only support the slower SATA M.2 from what I understand, thanks for your help, I appreciate it

Nov. 26, 2021, 5:02 p.m.

Ditching the mechanical HDD is always the answer unless you have a serious need for storage that can’t be met with an SSD in your budget. HDD’s are slow and laggy and more failure prone. They generate heat and waste energy. I haven’t owned a device with one in 10 years. Even my external drives are SSD.

totally appreciate all this, my main workhorse is a well specced desktop just looking to make this a useable travel machine

Nov. 26, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

I'd get a cheaper 120-240gb SSD and use both, unless your budget allows for additional spending. Frankly, for regular file storage the hard drive will be totally fine and an SSD will be a huge improvement. I've got a dual drive setup in my W530 and it's delightful and hardly cost me anything, just getting a new SSD

thanks, yes this was what I initially thought I would do, 240GB was what I thought I would go for as I could install the OS plus key programs, a lot of data can sit on a regular HDD quite happily to be honest

in my desktop I have this type of set up with multiple mechanical drives and it works like a charm to be honest

got the exact same setup, a measly 240GB SATA in my desktop with 3.5TB of spinning disks. Occasionally it pauses for a sec when opening a 20GB disk image but other than that you can't notice a thing. It's slightly less convenient to use 2 drives but who even cares really

yes exactly, we can get caught up in nano seconds that don’t really matter, compare an iPhone X to a 13 and the time difference to open an app is huge on paper but in the real world you can’t notice it, for simple storage without continued access needs hard disks still work fine. I still use several of them for backups

Nov. 26, 2021, 2:55 p.m.

>a 16GB M.2 SSD cache drive.
you do NOT use SSD for caching. you use SSD for system files, programs, boot and misc static. but certainly NOT for caching anything, your HDD should do that. constant R/W cycles are what kills SSD, the more it goes you lose clusters, and lose files or stability.

that is the way it comes from the factory

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