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Hints and Tips for ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive


The small file write speed will be low after ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive is formatted under Windows XP Operating System (OS).

Reproduce procedure:

  1. Complete reset or format ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive under Windows XP.
  2. Write small file (<1M) to ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure hard drive, the speed will be lower than before. --> Issue
Affected configurations

Systems with Windows XP.


Please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete reset the hard drive after all data is backup.
  2. Initialize and format the drive under Windows Vista and Windows 7 OS by following the user guide.

Then the drive could be used under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 OS without performance impact.

Additional information

This is an industry limitation for 4K/sector hard disk drive which is used in ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive.
These 4K/sector hard disk drive should be formatted under Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS.


  • Alias ID: ht062751
  • Document ID: HT101947
  • Last Updated :04 Mar 2015
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