Jul 17, 2011

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet - Solid State Drive (SSD)

This is a modified message that I sent to Andrew through Youtube regarding the Lenovo X220 Tablet's drive. I hope it also helps you to find the right answers.  Enjoy.


I never checked the thickness of the drive on the X220T. I used a Intel X25M on my S10-3T and now I use a Crucial Vertex 3 with my HP laptop. Usually I have to add an enclosure to them so they stay in the system and they have been 2.5 inch versions with 9.5mm thickness.

I really don't know how to help you out on this one... maybe you can google search the name of the SSD you want and check the dimensions to make sure that it will fit in. Scratch that... that's a bit stupid.

Compatible SSDs

Maybe we can search for compatible items with the X220T at Lenovo and IBM websites and find possible SSDs that will fit, and determine what their sizes are.

Based on the following Lenovo and IBM pages we can determine the correct SSDs for the X220T.

Official Compatible SSDs:

So... just like you said it's a 2.5 inch SSD with 7mm height.  It seems that several new Lenovo systems are using these dimensions. This is messing with people's brains big time.

The "official" Intel 160GB one is priced very high at over $400:

One Alternative
An alternative would be the Intel 320 Series SATA which should work and should be a lot cheaper.

Trying to find 7mm SSDs on web stores won't be too easy, sometimes search engines will give you better results. Yes most places don't list their drives as "2.5-inch SSD 7mm".

Another Way

It's hard to find 7mm SSDs, but some of them can be modded from the 9.5 to 7mm.  Like this guy did

Make sure you check the images for that "extra space" that can be removed. You can view that here:

I hope that I helped at least one bit.


  1. plz do a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR2RtbsEczg&feature=player_embedded only with the HP Pavilion dv6tQE
    thx 1515

  2. @1515
    I might. It does take a bit of time to get those types of videos done though. :)

  3. ok thanks these are the games i want to run on this laptop when i buy it so i would like to see these games played on it. :)
    thx again,

  4. Someone managed to stick a 9,5 mm SSD (OCZ Vertex 2) into a X220 Tablet.


    Hope this helps!


  5. The new Samsung 830 SSD is also 7 mm, and is to the best of my knowledge the only SATA 3 SSD that doesn't need modification to fit in a 7 mm slot.

  6. Hi Jesse is This 7MM

    1. Look up the dimensions for that drive on the Seagate website.