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Real cost - too much time

By TomB from Undisclosed on 07/08/2014


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

As other reviewers have said, the drives do not fit in this adapter by default. It requires the custom kit that is used to mount the original drive for the drives to be snug in this housing. It does not work with off-the-shelf 2.5" drives without this adapter. A It also doesn't work with the easy-to-find rubber drive rails. They gave me a part number that would be $28 +$10 to $13.50 shipping for this piece of plastic. Worse yet, they couldn't guarantee it would be correct and would charge me a 10% restocking fee. There are drive adapters available on ebay and Amazon for half the cost that actually have the screw mounting holes in them, so you know they don't need the adapter. The part they gave me in case it is helpful is 04x5421


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Don't move the machine

By NamVet from Undisclosed on 07/03/2014


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this for a W540. My previous ThinkPads all had hot swappable UltraBays this one doesn't; you have to shut down and take off covers screws, etc. I installed it with a Seagate SSD and all was well until I moved the computer. The drive disconnected from the SATA connections which were the only thing holding the drive in the ultra bay adapter. I thought maybe the drive was smaller as I then noted space on the 3 sides that were not connected. I tried a Seagate Momentous and a Hitachi drive and they all disconnected when the laptop was moved around and bounced around in the car; all had the same space. I wrote and was told to call Lenovo. I did and was bounced around from sales to parts to tech support between Lenovo and IBM until I was finally disconnected. I gave up and glued the drive into the ultra bay adapter.


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Doesn't Secure Drive - Waste of Money

By LenovoLostItsWay from Undisclosed on 07/03/2014


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

When you put a HDD drive into the tray, there is no way to screw or secure the drive. It will fit snugly into the SATA connector, but then it just flops around in the tray. This is especially pronounced when you pick the laptop up and put it into a bag. This is horrifying considering how expensive high end SSD and platter drives are. Lenovo used to make laptops for traveling professionals. Now they just make cheap Apple knock-offs, and this drive bay is a perfect example - the engineers completely forgot to include holes to screw the drive into the bay. For shame.


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