Heads Up for Thinkpad t420 refurb buyers: possible undersized HD partitions!
Thread DetailsLast Edited by red_vigilante August 16, 2015 at 11:37 AM
This could easily go unnoticed for people who weren't planning on wiping or reinstalling. To check, open Windows Explorer, right-click on Computer, click Manage, then select Disk Management (under Storage) in the left pane. Look for chunks marked "Unallocated" or "Unformatted", or simply verify what it says the capacity of "Disk 0" is. If you did get a bigger drive and you want to reclaim that space, you can either:
1. Partition it as a new drive letter (like an E: drive). This should be straightforward--just right-click the chunk marked "unallocated" and create a new 'simple volume'.
2. Resize your main OS partition, which is less straightforward and might be a little dangerous. (I haven't attempted this under Windows in 10+ years, but if you're willing to boot a Linux live distro I think GParted can handle it.)
3. Wipe the whole thing (writing down your Win7 key first), and upgrade to an SSD for your system drive. Platter hard drives suck unless you really need the extra space, but even then you could just grab an msata SSD (there's a 128 GB one for $55 right now on Amazon) and keep this drive for bulk storage.
Incidentally, another unadvertised feature that some of us are getting with these are extended 9 cell batteries.
1. A note for novices: if you're wondering why the sizes don't add up nicely or are a bit less than what they should be, this is because of a long running cluster**** where base 10 terminology is freely mixed up with base 2 terminology for