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Windows 7: Upgrade to SSD on Lenovo G500 laptop

19 Mar 2014   #1
gregrocker

 
Upgrade to SSD on Lenovo G500 laptop

Would this PNY XLR8 120GB Internal Serial ATA III Solid State Drive for Laptops SSD9SC120GMDF-RB - Best Buy

work in the Lenovo G500 using this HD replacement method: How to upgrade memory ram and hard drive in lenovo g500 2013 latest diy do it yourself - YouTube

Better yet, is it possible this internal DVD drive can be easily replaced with the SSD? Is there a better conversion kit than Lenovo G500 HDD Caddy ?

Specs: Lenovo G500 Laptop | Entry-Level Laptop from Lenovo | Lenovo (US)

Thanks!


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19 Mar 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey Greg,

Since the SSD would be the same standard 2.5" size of the HDD in the laptop, you shouldn't have any issues swapping them.

The metal tray that holds the hard drive will have side screws that will work with the SSD as well. Just make sure that the SATA connection lines up before screwing the SSD on the tray though to avoid having to flip it afterwards. LOL
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19 Mar 2014   #3
gregrocker

 

Thanks, Shawn. I'm thinking I don't want to lose the internal 1tb storage capacity if at all possible.

I found this adapter to mount the SSD in place of DVD drive: Lenovo G500 HDD Caddy.
It's a little pricey and from overseas. Maybe someone knows of a better model?

Is this a good idea? Would it be better to install SSD to HD bay and put the internal 1tb HD in caddy? Are their known problems with doing this?
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19 Mar 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That Lenovo caddy should work to replace the DVD drive with the SSD.

If you are using the SSD for Windows, then I'd swap the HDD with the SSD, and replace the DVD with the HDD. This way the SSD would be Disk 0.
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19 Mar 2014   #5
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Would it be better to install SSD to HD bay and put the internal 1tb HD in caddy?
Absolutely, if the BIOS is set to boot from that particular SATA controller. However, many BIOS's allow you to choose witch SATA controller to boot from, in which case their position is irrelevant.
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19 Mar 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

Thanks.

That PNY 120gb SSD is priced so low it makes me wonder if there's a quality compromise. Yet I've never heard anything bad about PNY. PNY XLR8 120GB Internal Serial ATA III Solid State Drive for Laptops SSD9SC120GMDF-RB - Best Buy

I also found this much less expensive caddy on eBay which says its for G500: 2nd SATA Hard Drive HDD Caddy Adapter for for Lenovo G500 Replace DS8A9SH DVD | eBay

What do you guys think?
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19 Mar 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not put it into the CD Rom bay because that is an IDE connection. Some people have reported problems with that. But I would use a bigger SSD for a laptop, e.g. this one:

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

You will also need an external enclosure to transfer the OS. Later you can use it for the recovered HDD as a normal external drive.
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19 Mar 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

This laptop has a SATA OD driven by a SATA controller.

I see no IDE on this PC at all, even for a BIOS settings choice.

What makes you think it's IDE, Wolfgang?
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19 Mar 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just go by what people reported. Maybe I am wrong here. But why would you want to lose your Optical drive. If you need more storage, use the HDD that you recover and attach it to USB or eSata - whatever ports you have. You can also get a fast 128GB USB2 stick for $47.
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19 Mar 2014   #10
essenbe

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

Greg, in that video about the caddy, watch closely and stop it full screen when he shows the caddy with the hard drive in it. It is a WD3200BEKT which is a Western Digital Scorpio Black Sata hard drive.

What WHS is saying is another option for you to consider. It probably would depend on how much you use an optical drive. Some people use them often, others rarely. I use a USB external DVD and just plug it in when I am 'forced' to use a DVD. I try to put everything I can on USB flash drives. But, what WHS is saying is a viable alternative.
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