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I have been planning to replace the sluggish Toshiba 4200rpm mechanical drive to SSD on my 2011 X5D and finally completed the project.
The speed improvement is great. The upgrade is well worth
Pros:
- instant boot when you start the vehicle, no more BMW logo hanging on screen for 10 sec
- no more waiting for mechanical drive to spin and find the data
- Navigation is much more responsive, finds addresses quickly, faster zoom-in and zoom out
- noiseless
- shockproof
- low power usage

I decided to create this DIY for anyone who wants do this project and turbo charge the CIC :)
It's for BMW X5 E70 but it would work for other models as well

What you need
- 128GB ATA-6 / PATA SSD - I got ZHEINO SDD of eBay for $92 shipped
- ATA-6 / PATA to USB adapter
- hard drive clone software - I used Partition Hard Disk Manager 15
- regular phillips screw driver
- flat screw driver
- Torx T9 screw driver
- plastic pry tool /optional/ - I used my fingers

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You have to do bit by bit copy. They use their own specific file system and 1:1 mirror clone is the only option to have working drive after that. I wish I could expand the 12.7GB Music Storage partition but I didn't find a way to do it. As you can see there are 43.4GB left unused on the SSD

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Use your fingers or plastic pry tool to lift the bottom of the ventilation exhaust and pull it up out of place

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Step 1 - remove the two phillips screws
Step 2 - gently pull the plastic frame towards you and slowly pry out both sides to the bottom

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Remove the two Torx T9 screws holding the HDD tray

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With a flat screw driver carefully pry both sides little by little

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Pull out the HDD tray

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Remove the four Torx T9 screws holding the HDD in tray

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Install SDD in tray and replace the four T9 screws
!!! IMPORTANT !!! - Remove the jumper before you slide the tray in

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Slide the tray gently into place, don't force it hard at the end - go very slow

Install everything back in opposite order
- Torx screws
- frame
- phillips screws
- ventilation exhaust

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Navigation loaded from SDD, old 4200rpm mechanical HDD retired /keep it as a backup/
 

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WOW...thats a GREAT upgrade. What is the size of the Toshiba HDD you removed? Thanks.
It's 80GB Toshiba 4200rpm, slow spin, slow seek time, slow data transfer

Thanks!
Re music partition, it won't allow you to expand it after the copy process is complete?
No because when the software doesn't recognize the file system the re-size option is not available
 

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Very nice!
 

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Excellent upgrade and info/pictures!! I didnt know the drive was right there (always thought it was hidden deep somewhere!) Maybe I'll have to try this mod too soon!!
 

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NBT is CIC's successor.
As long as they use regular 2.5" HDD you can do the upgrade
From quick research it shows that they use Toshiba 200GB Model MK2060GSC which is SATA interface /you still have to take it out and check it before you order SSD/
Once you confirm the interface and the size you most likely have to get 250GB SATA SSD
 

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Hmm, I'm wonder if you could use an mSATA SSD drive and then a mSATA to PATA 2.5" converter. mSATA drives are cheaper and faster and the converter would make it interface compatible. 128GB mSATA is less then $70 for a name brand, the converter not a name brand but under $10.
 

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Almost all of the HDD based systems use the 4200 RPM drive. So BMW is not alone here. There are a few reasons and in no particular order
1) Cheaper
2) Reliability
3) Vibration handling

The drives used are designed to be used where there are more vibration than say a laptop sitting on a desk. Part of making them work in environment is slower rotational speed. Faster just means more problems.

Could manufacturers of used a 7200 RPM drive? Sure, but the warranty would have been voided as the drive was used in a non-approved way.
 

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Awesome. I swapped out HD's in a couple Macs with SSD drives and it was a huge speed improvement, so makes sense IDrive would be more snappy.

Wonder if that'd void warranty - original and/or extended - for any related electronic or navigational systems that interact with IDrive?
 

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They would need to prove that the alteration caused the failure. The screen failing has nothing to do with the drive being replaced unless you put it back together wrong. Just never admit you replaced the drive, the previous owner could have done it. ;)
 

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Awesome. I swapped out HD's in a couple Macs with SSD drives and it was a huge speed improvement, so makes sense IDrive would be more snappy.

Wonder if that'd void warranty - original and/or extended - for any related electronic or navigational systems that interact with IDrive?
Make sure you enable the TRIM support on Macs because when using non Apple SSD the Mac OS X cannot recognize the hardware and turns this option is off. If you don't enable it in 4-5 months the drive will become very slow and will eventually stop working
 
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