ThinkPad 256GB OPAL-Capable Solid State Drive - Overview

Features and specifications

The ThinkPad 256GB SATA 6.0Gb/s SED OPAL-Capable Solid State Drive (0A65620) is an ideal data storage solution that provides a rugged, light and reliable alternative to the standard Hard Disc Drive Solutions (HDD). Utilizing MLC NAND flash based technology along with SATA 6.0Gb/s interface this drive enables improved boot time and data transfers when compared to HDDs. For additional storage and backup install this drive as a second hard drive using the 9.5mm ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (43N3412) or 12.7" ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (0A65623).

Features include:

  • TCG Opal Compliant Self-Encrypting Drive (SED)
  • 256 GB storage capacity
  • FIPS-certified, hardware-based AES-256 encryption engine
  • Noiseless operation
  • Improved reliability compared to standard mobile hard drives, there are no moving parts
  • Lower power consumption than standard mobile hard drive increasing system battery life
  • Lighter weight than standard notebook hard disk drives (HDD’s)
  • Serial ATA interface of 6.0Gbps
  • To use the Opal capability, Lenovo offers: WinMagic's SecureDoc for Lenovo. To purchase, contact your Lenovo sales representative or go to:
  • For more information on ThinkPad hard drives, FDE and OPAL, go to:

Technical information:

  • 2.5" diameter, 7-mm height
  • Uses MLC (Multi-level Cell) NAND flash memory components.
  • Fully complies with ATA/ATAPI-7 Standard and ATA/ATAPI-8 mandatory command
  • Support 28-bit LBA (logical Block Address) mode commands and 48-bit LBA mode commands.
  • Multi word DMA, Ultra-DMA modes and Advanced PIO mode settings/commands supported.
  • Data Set Management command set of Trim supported.
  • NCQ (Native Command Queuing) function supported.

Performance Specifications:

  • Interface: Serial ATA
  • Capacity: 256GB.
  • Sequential Read : Up to 490 MB/s
  • Sequential Write : Up to 400 MB/s
  • Shock: 1500G.
  • Vibration :7~800Hz, 3.08Grms, 30min/axis (X,Y,Z)

Physical Specifications:

  • Approximate height:   6.80±0.20 mm (.27 in)
  • Approximate width:    69.85 ± 0.25mm (2.75 in)
  • Approximate depth:    100.00±0.25mm (3.94 in)
  • Approximate weight:  Max 58g (0.13 lb)

Operating Environment:

  • Temperature: 0°C to 60°C (32 deg to 140 deg (F))
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Non-Operating Environment:

  • Temperature: -55°C to 95°C (-67 deg to 203 deg (F))
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95%



1 year – Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) Service

  • Announce date: 15 May 2012 (Worldwide)
  • Availability date: 18 May 2012 (Worldwide)
  • Effective withdrawal date: 30 July 2014 (Worldwide)


Hardware requirements
ThinkPad 256GB OPAL-Capable Solid State Drive is supported on the following ThinkPad systems.
Machine Type - Models
ThinkPad T530
ThinkPad T430
ThinkPad T430i
ThinkPad T430s
ThinkPad T520
ThinkPad T420
ThinkPad T420s All
ThinkPad T520 All
ThinkPad W530 All
ThinkPad W520 All
ThinkPad X230 All
ThinkPad X230 Tablet, X230i Tablet All
ThinkPad X220 All
ThinkPad X220 Tablet All
9.5" mm ThinkPad Bay Adapter III (43N3412)
12.7" ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (0A65623)

Note: Please refer to the Accessories Compatibility Guide for the complete list of supported systems.



Continuous use of the ThinkPad 256GB OPAL-Capable Solid State Drive, as in reading long video files, impacts battery life.


Cable Orders Required

Not required for ThinkPad T420, T520, W520, T420s, X220, X220T systems



Time: Approximately 15 minutes


  • ThinkPad Solid State Drive
  • Setup Poster
  • Legacy bracket/rubber kits


Agency approvals
  • CE
  • UL
  • MIC
  • TUV
  • BSMI
  • C-Tick
  • CUL
  • RoHS


Additional product information
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  • Last Updated :06 Nov 2014
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