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Windows 7: Upgrade to SSD on Lenovo G500 laptop

19 Mar 2014   #21
gregrocker

 

Thanks Gary. I will probably eventually swap out the OD for HD since to me its now just wasted space. Wonder if the weight difference without it might be noticeable. This Lenovo is just a tad heavy at 5.73 lbs.

The OD converter looks like fun but could be weighty with the HD added back in.

Then again I only schlepp it through airports and really like a weighty pack for exercise. I'm carrying it around Europe this summer.


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19 Mar 2014   #22
Britton30
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I suspect the missing OD innards is heavier than the HDD.
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19 Mar 2014   #23
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

No, 2.5" drives are light. I suspect you won't be able to tell the difference unless it is in the converter itself. The drive weighs nothing to speak of.
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19 Mar 2014   #24
essenbe

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Greg, FWIW I have about 3 of these and use them for external laptop drives and SSDs. No other power needed and they work fine. They were made for a Seagate external but work on any sata drive. Amazon.com : Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable USB 3.0 - STAE104 : Computer Usb Cables : Electronics
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19 Mar 2014   #25
gregrocker

 

Even 1tb that light? The 1tb External here is heavy. Maybe its the case? It is one of those aluminum shock cases. It's also old so maybe I should replace it with this one.

Thanks Guys. I really enjoy getting my hardware lessons from you. I've been lucky with my few hardware assignments mainly because of you.
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19 Mar 2014   #26
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

No problem, Greg. We feel good to help out a friend. I'm sure I speak for Gary too. As far as the cable, I've never tried a 1 TB, but I have run a 500 GB drive with it without issue. I really don't think it matters. It won't run a 3.5" drive though, but any Laptop 2.5" drive should be no problem.
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19 Mar 2014   #27
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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Yeah, the 1TB may have two platters which is really insignificant in weight. Older enclosures do seem a little heavier.
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19 Mar 2014   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, if you like to have a really light machine, you should look at this one. It weighs only 2.3 pounds and with a big MicroSD card you have plentuy of storage. I got it a couple of months ago for travel. It's a great machine, very snappy, superb screen and a battery that lasts over 10 hours.
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19 Mar 2014   #29
gregrocker

 

I remember when you got it Wolfgang. I was trying this Lenovo then, the fourth or fifth I'd tested under Best Buy's 15 days return policy and the first which had no fatal flaw. We discussed the weight.

The battery is pretty small but seems to last 5 hours with light use.

I need at least a 15.6" screen to comfortably sit back when writing. I loved a 17" HP Core I3 Haswell (also $399) which was lighter and just as fast but had a flimsy power adapter plug that fell out, which killed that deal.

But anything smaller is too small. I couldn't wait to get rid of the Surface Pro they practically gave us at MVP Summit, hunched over and squinting trying to find where they hid the desktop.
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19 Mar 2014   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Yeah, I also thought the small screen would be a problem - especially with my poor eyesight. But it turned out to be no problem using my reading classes. I even have no problem with the small keyboard whilst my wife who can type at incredible speeds has some problems.

But it certainly is different than a 17" laptop. I just like the small form factor.
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