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Well I got a Lenovo y470p and I'm wondering what size SSD to put in it. I will obviously put the OS on it as well as some games (Starcraft II, Skyrim, EVE, TF2). Not that the games matter.

Everything else I'll put on the 750GB 5400RPM, that's the bottleneck of this laptop.


So what size would you guys recommend for me?







Also, if anyone knows, does the Lenovo y470p support SATAIII?
    
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Sata III is backwards compatible.

Btw,

Get a Crucial M4 128 GB if you can afford it, get 2x 128gb and run them in raid or get 1 256GB.

I know is more exspensive than the rest, but you can't beat the reliability, Yes it doesn't seem name brand, but crucial makes some of the best SSD's in the market, and one of the only ones to use a Marvel controller, and not the Sandforce controllers which are known to have problems on some models, in other manufacture lines ups.
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Hey lenovo states that it comes with a sata 3 drive.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=243&Code=08552NU&category-id=7794F9514CE80460C7C2782FB02A5EB6

also personally I prefer the ocz vertex 3
it ranks very well on pass mark and crystal disk

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

If your up for experimenting seagate just released their hybrid momentus xt 750gb with 8gb flash memory. In many tests it performs within seconds of an ssd. performs like an ssd with the space and price of a regular 7200rpm hdd for laptops

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blade 117 View Post

Hey lenovo states that it comes with a sata 3 drive.
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=243&Code=08552NU&category-id=7794F9514CE80460C7C2782FB02A5EB6
also personally I prefer the ocz vertex 3
it ranks very well on pass mark and crystal disk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
If your up for experimenting seagate just released their hybrid momentus xt 750gb with 8gb flash memory. In many tests it performs within seconds of an ssd. performs like an ssd with the space and price of a regular 7200rpm hdd for laptops
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

All current non-Intel Sandforce-based SSDs are unreliable.

As for the Momentus XT, they just act like a fast hard drive I've heard.
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Originally Posted by jrocks84 View Post

All current non-Intel Sandforce-based SSDs are unreliable.
As for the Momentus XT, they just act like a fast hard drive I've heard.

So the Crucial M4 128GB is probably what I'll go with.


How much of a pain is it to transfer or reinstall the OS on the new SSD. And theoretically, if there was a problem with the laptop, move the OS back to the hard drive so Lenovo wouldn't notice I changed it.
    
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So the Crucial M4 128GB is probably what I'll go with.
How much of a pain is it to transfer or reinstall the OS on the new SSD. And theoretically, if there was a problem with the laptop, move the OS back to the hard drive so Lenovo wouldn't notice I changed it.

hmm.... If its OEM OS, hard as hell.

However, If it works normally, like fresh install OSes fine, then it should be relatively painless.
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post #7 of 20
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hmm.... If its OEM OS, hard as hell.
However, If it works normally, like fresh install OSes fine, then it should be relatively painless.

I was more referring to the transfer kit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-448&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

And from what I've read Lenovo has special drivers for a lot of things, like the video card, which will only work with theres. I'll keep looking.
    
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post #8 of 20
How do you like the Y470p? I had the Y470, and it seemed like it got very hot while gaming.
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I personally use a Crucial M4, a 128GB drive is good enough. Its small enough to be relatively cheap, but big enough that you won't be needing another. (keep in mind that each game like TF2 is 10-15GB ea)

edit: I didn't see the posts inbetween: You could theoretically just burn a recovery disk, disconnect the HDD and connect the SSD. The recovery disk should install the OS with the drivers specific to your hardware onto the SSD. I seem to remember doing this on one of my PCs for a different reason.
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Is laptop SATA III really necessary for most people? As long as you have SATA III on one computer in your home you can host your SATA III devices on that computer and share them over a gigabit switch. My laptop only has SATA II and it's not an issue because I just pump everything through the gigabit ports while hosting the SATA III devices on my desktop PC. When I take the laptop outside the house obviously I'm stuck with SATA II speed, but that hasn't been a problem yet.
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