How to Upgrade My IBM X41 With a 64GB SSD

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How to Upgrade My IBM X41 With a 64GB SSD
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The IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X41 is a small tablet PC computer with a 12-inch screen. The ThinkPad X41 has a small 40 or 60 GB hard drive, and you might have wondered whether you can upgrade to an solid-state disk (SSD), as the ThinkPad X41 uses an IDE hard drive while most SSDs use the newer SATA technology. Additionally, the ThinkPad X41 uses a small 1.8-inch hard drive rather than the more common 2.5-inch size. SSDs with the IDE interface and 1.8-inch size are manufactured, and you can install a 64 GB SSD in the ThinkPad X41.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 1.8-inch IDE solid-state disk

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the ThinkPad X41 completely off. Close the screen, turn the computer over and remove the battery pack.

  2. 2

    Remove the single Phillips head screw from the corner of the vented panel next to the hard drive carrier on the side of the ThinkPad X41, opposite the empty battery compartment.

  3. 3

    Push the small circular button on the side of the hard drive carrier opposite the side that you removed the Phillips-head screw from. This ejects the hard drive from its compartment. Slide the hard drive the rest of the way out of the compartment to remove it from the computer.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws securing the old ThinkPad X41 hard drive to the carrier. If you intend to use the hard drive again, place it in an anti-static bag.

  5. 5

    Place the new SSD into the carrier and screw it in place with the screws you removed in Step 4.

  6. 6

    Slide the assembled hard drive carrier into the side of the ThinkPad X41 and push the round button on the side of the computer back down.

  7. 7

    Replace the Phillips-head screw in the corner of the vented panel on the bottom of the ThinkPad X41.

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