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Upgrading a Lenovo ThinkPad T440s with a MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 SSD

Upgrading a Lenovo ThinkPad T440s with a MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 SSD
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Synopsis: LAPTOP Magazine's Avram Piltch shows how to install a 128GB MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 NGFF SSD in a Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook for improved boot and application load times.

Upgrading a Lenovo ThinkPad T440s with a 128GB MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 SSD is a simple step-by-step process as covered by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Magazine's Online Editorial Director. The purpose of this tutorial is to show users how to install an SSD into the M.2 slot, transfer the operating system to it, and use it as a boot drive.

About The SSD

For this article, Avram uses a 128GB MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 (SC2) 42mm (2242) SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF SSD as his boot drive - the drive that allows your computer to start. The Super Cache 2 earned The SSD Review's Editor's Choice Award in 2014 for it's capacity, performance, and value when tested in a Lenovo Y510 Ideapad.

NOTE: With the Super Cache 2, Piltch could just as easily create a cache drive to speed up his notebook using the included FNet HybriDisk license key and software. A cache drive is an SSD that is used along with your computer's main hard drive (HDD) and cache software to take advantage of the SSD speed. Upon setup, the cache software analyzes the things you use most frequently and stores those files on the cache SSD for faster access, leading to reduced boot times and maximized performance.

How to install the SSD

As far as upgrades go, installing a cache SSD is a relatively easy one and does not require professional assistance. Piltch covers all the steps, from opening the back of the T440s to finding the M.2 slot, with simple instructions and images for users unfamiliar with this process. A standard Philips head screwdriver is required to access the ThinkPad's motherboard.

However, Avram notes: "If your ThinkPad T440s has a built-in 3G/4G modem, then the M.2 slot is already occupied and you can't perform this upgrade. If you don't have a modem, but do have a hard drive, you may have a small, 16GB Flash cache chip in the M.2 slot, and you'll need to remove it as part of the installation process."

Copying Windows OS to the SSD

Now that the Super Cache 2 in place, the next step is to move the current operating system to the freshly installed drive. Avram does this by cloning his original drive over to Super Cache 2, after making a full system backup. Piltch recommends free for personal use programs, Todo Backup and EasyBCD software to do this.

Due to the likely difference in storage capacity between the stock HDD/SSD and Super Cache 2, Piltch suggests backing up any and all media files until after the clone to avoid trying to copy more data than the SC2 can handle.

Finishing up

After successfully cloning the drive, users will have to tell the ThinkPad to boot from the Super Cache 2 instead of the main HDD/SSD. This is done in the system BIOS. Again, Piltch provides images and instructions on how to access and change the settings. And that’s it!

As a boot drive, the Super Cache 2 will show the most noticeable improvement in Lenovo T440s ThinkPads that use a traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) with faster boot times, faster app loading times, and improved all around performance.

Easy, right? Try your hand at an upgrade today!


Links

Click here to read full article by Avram Piltch on LaptopMag.com.

Click here to shop MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 42mm (2242) SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF SSDs.


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