ThinkPad UltraBay

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UltraBay is originally IBM's name for the swappable drive bay in the ThinkPad range of laptop computers. When the Thinkpad product line was sold to Lenovo, the concept and the name stayed. Furthermore, it is used in some of Lenovo's own IdeaPad Y Series laptops.

Introduced with the ThinkPad 750 series in 1995, this technology has gone through redesigns with almost every new generation of ThinkPad, which may lead to confusion. The following table gives an overview of the different UltraBay types, in which models they occurred and which drives are available for them. Note that the optical drive bay in G series and R40e series ThinkPads is not an UltraBay in that the drives are fixed and not removable. It is however, mechanically, an Ultrabay 2000-device without the surrounding "caddy".

On the media side different UltraBays relate to the form factor of the drives they accept; Some machines can accept UltraBay devices up to 12.5 mm thick, whereas others are limited to devices no more than 9.5 mm thick.

The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 laptops have an ultrabay slot which can be swapped for another hard drive, another fan or another Nvidia GT650M (or GT750M)[1] GPU which will work in SLI with the system's primary video card for increased graphics performance. Existing orders for the UltraBay Y500 DVD Burner (no built in optical drive) were cancelled in early June, 2013.[citation needed]

Starting in 2014, Lenovo changed the design of the ThinkPad bay adapter and dropped the "UltraBay" terminology from use. What remained (in the Thinkpad W540 product) was an option for a removable Serial ATA (SATA) "Caddy" accessory which, with a screw driver, allowed the optical drive to be replaced with a second 2.5 inch SATA storage device. Battery expansion in the Caddy Bay was no longer offered, and earlier hot-swap functionality was essentially rendered difficult if not impossible.


Overview of UltraBay types and available devices
UltraBay Type Featured in Available devices
UltraBay All 760s and 765s FD, CD, Extra PCMCIA, HD, Battery, ZIP-100
UltraBay II 770, 770E, 770ED, 770X, 770Z FD, CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, HD, Battery, ZIP-100, ZIP-250, LS-120
UltraBay FX 390, 390E, 390X FD, CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Battery, Second HDD
UltraSlimBay 570, 570E, 600, 600E, 600X FD, CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, HD, Battery (600E&X Only), ZIP-100, ZIP-250, LS-120
UltraBay 2000 A20, A21, A22, A30, A30p, A31, A31p, T20, T21, T22, T23, T30, X20, X21, X22, X23, X24 w/ UltraBase X2, X30, X31, X32 w/ UltraBase X3 FD, CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Multiburner, HD, Battery, ZIP-100, ZIP-250, LS-120, LS-240
UltraBay Plus A30, A30p, A31, A31p, R30, R31, R32, R40, T23, T30 all UltraBay 2000 devices, WorkPad Cradle, Numberpad
UltraBay Slim T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p, X4 UltraBase, X6 UltraBase CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Multiburner, PATA HD, SATA HD, Battery
UltraBay Enhanced R50, R50p, R51, R52 CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Multiburner, and all UltraBay Slim devices
Enhanced Ultrabay Z60t, Z60m, Z61t, Z61m, R60, R61, R61i CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Multiburner, Blu-ray Burner, and all Ultrabay Slim / Slim Ultrabay devices
Slim Ultrabay T60, T60p, T61, T61p CD/DVD, CD-RW/DVD, Multiburner, SATA HD, Battery, Serial / Parallel Port Adapter, and all Ultrabay Slim devices
Serial Ultrabay Slim T400, T500, W500, W700, X200 UltraBase SATA HD Adapter, CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner, Blu-ray Burner, Battery
Serial Ultrabay Enhanced T420, T430, T520, R400, R500, W510, W520, W530, W700ds DVD, CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner, Blu-ray Burner and all Serial Ultrabay Slim devices (3mm gap visible)[2]