I have Lenovo Y510 laptop which has 160gb hdd. I want to upgrade hdd to 1TB HDD or some high space SDD. My question is that there are various hdd and sdd available out on web like IDE, SATA, SATA2 and SATA3 so which hdd or sdd I can upgrade to?

  • This sounds like a shopping question?! You will need to find out what the motherboard and maybe chipset can work with and then research. – Dave Jul 18 '12 at 10:13

This hard drive will work fine for it (its the same one I have) I don't recommend a full SSD as the laptop won't technically utilize how fast it is. And to be honest I have no idea what Sandro Dzneladze is talking about regarding your CD drive because your laptop is already SATA (I looked it up)

  • I'm talking about 2x hdd baby. – user98645 Jul 18 '12 at 10:42
  • "don't recommend a full SSD as the laptop won't technically utilize how fast it is" this is not true btw. – user98645 Jul 18 '12 at 10:43
  • The hard drive I linked to is a disk/ SSD hybrid. Its sufficient for anything (I have been using mine for 2 years on 4 different laptops and for a few months used it as an external) And yea a with a Pentium laptop anything more then 7200 rpm is just not worth it + 5400 is considered legacy in my books. – Doubtme Jul 18 '12 at 10:49
  • Hybrid SSD will only give you SSD like performance for burst program activity. While SSD will operate evenly. – user98645 Jul 18 '12 at 10:57
  • So your telling me he should blow money on an SSD with a Pentium laptop. Yea that makes a bunch of sense. – Doubtme Jul 18 '12 at 11:02

Do you use CD-ROM often?

In your shoes I would this... Get both normal HDD and SSD, 1 for storage and the other for operating system and applications.

Upgrade your main HDD to 500GB sata II 5400 for file storage.

Get 64-128GB SATA II SSD and also this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SATA-2nd-HDD-Caddy-For-IBM-Lenovo-ThinkPad-T60-Series-Laptop-T60-T61-R60-R61-New-/120951006157?pt=US_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item1c293de3cd

So you will get rid of CD-ROM and instead have SSD placed into hdd caddy in the emptied space.

On SSD you will load your operating system and you will use 500GB hdd for file storage.


Let me congratulate you! Y510p is a beautiful and power packed laptop . I have it and love it to pieces :) Few months back I decided to upgrade from the 5400 rpm 1 TB hdd which it had.

The internal 1 tb 5400 rpm hdd of y510p has Sata 3 interface Also it should have the newer M3 interface too.

So you have two option...

Keep the existing Sata 3 internal hdd and buy a relatively more expensive M3 compatibile ssd and plug it in.

Swap out the internal sata 3 hdd with a sata 3 Ssd ( bit cheaper) Using an hdd caddy you can choose to replace the dvd rom drive with the internal hdd inside the caddy.

I have gone with the 2nd option , Samsung Evo 850 256GB ssd model is the one i hve purchased. It roxks and works just fine with y510p :)


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