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UltraBay drives

Ultrabay

Ultrabay was IBM's, now Lenovo's name for the swappable bay. With IBM's definition2:
"The ThinkPad UltraBay1, also standard with the system, is an intelligent bay that switches its pin-out signals to allow the installation of standard and optional features in what would normally be just the floppy disk drive bay."
First introduced in the 360 and the 750, this technology has gone through several redesigns with almost every new generation of models, possibly leading to some confusion that is hopefully cleared up here. The following table gives an overview of the different Ultrabay types, in which models they came from and what devices are available for them.

Overview

Over the course of time, a number of different form factors have been used for the Ultrabay. They are generally not cross-compatible, but there are some exceptions to that (see below for more details). Current ThinkPads no longer use the Ultrabay, due to severe space constraints. Only a few models do feature the Ultrabay nowadays, but they are unfortunately crippled in such a way that they no longer support Ultrabay batteries and/or hot-swapping.

Keep in mind that not all Ultrabays are made equal, as some lack an eject mechanism and/or battery terminals that are needed to charge and discharge an Ultrabay battery. Some Ultrabays might also not support hot and/or warm swapping, even if they are capable of doing so in a different model (e.g. a high-end model supports hot, warm, and cold swapping, but the other lower-end model supports only cold swapping despite having the same Ultrabay type). These crippled Ultrabay variants are generally found on the low-end models, although they can also be rarely found on high-end models.

Linux support

The pinout switching is performed by the BIOS and embedded controller, so that it is completely transparent to the operating system.

  • Floppy drives are supported by the standard floppy driver.
  • ZIP drive support is possible through the ide-disk driver.
  • IDE hard disks and optical drives are supported by the ata_piix or older ide-disk driver in the linux kernel.
  • Batteries are automatically handled by the hardware, but can be controlled further by using tp_smapi.
  • Ultrabay Plus devices should be handled by the USB subsystem, but if the actual devices are is not known.

Compatibility

type featured in (internal) featured in (external) available devices
Icon20 ultrabay.png UltraBay 355, 355C, 355Cs, 360, 360C, 360Cs, 360P, 360CE, 360CSE, 360PE, 370C, 750, 750C, 750Cs, 750P, 755C, 755CE, 755Cs, 755CSE, 755CV, 755CX, 760C, 760L, 760E N/A Floppy Drive Floppy Drive Adapter Adapter Battery Adapter Adapter Adapter Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabaythick.png UltraBay Thick 755CD, 755CDV, 760CD, 760E, 760ED, 760EL, 760ELD, 760LD, 760XD, 760XL, 765D, 765L SelectaDock I, SelectaDock II Floptical Drive Optical Drive Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabayii.png UltraBay II 770, 770E, 770ED, 770X, 770Z SelectaDock III3 Floppy Drive Floptical Drive Floptical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Adapter Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabayfx.png UltraBay FX 390, 390E, 390X, i Series 1700, i Series 1720, i Series 1721, i Series 1780, i Series 1781 N/A Floppy Drive+Optical Drive Floppy Drive+Optical Drive Adapter Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultraslimbay.png UltraslimBay 6003, 600E, 600X ThinkPad UltraBase3, Portable Drive Bay3 Floppy Drive Floptical Drive Floptical Drive Floptical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabay2000.png Ultrabay 2000 i Series 18003 4, A20m, A20p, A21e3 4, A21m, A21p, A22e3 4, A22m, A22p, A306, A30p6, A316, A31p6, T206, T21, T22 ThinkPad Dock3 4, ThinkPad Dock II3, ThinkPad X2 UltraBase3, Portable Drive Bay 20003 Floppy Drive Floptical Drive Floptical Drive Floptical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Adapter Adapter Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabayplus.png Ultrabay Plus A303 6, A30p3 6, A313 6, A31p3 6, R303 4, R313 4, R324, R40, T23, T30 ThinkPad X3 UltraBase Adapter Adapter Adapter
Icon20 ultrabayslim.png Ultrabay Slim T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p, T60, T60p, T61, T61p, Z60t, Z61t ThinkPad X4 UltraBase, ThinkPad X4 Dock3, ThinkPad X6 UltraBase, ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Battery Adapter Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabayenh.png Ultrabay Enhanced R50, R50e3 4, R50p, R51, R51e3 4, R52, R60, R60i, R60e3 4 5, R61, R61i, R61e3 4 5, G413 4 5, G503 4 5, Z60m, Z61e3 4 5, Z61m, Z61p ThinkPad Advanced Dock3 Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Travel Bezel
Icon20 ultrabaythin.png Ultrabay Thin X300, X301 N/A Optical Drive Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 s ultrabayslim.png Serial Ultrabay Slim Template:P703 4 5, Template:P713 4 5, W500, W5403 4 5, W5413 4 5, T400, T400s, T4103, T410i3, T410s, T410si, T420s, T420si, T430s, T430si, T440p3 4 5, T500, T540p3 4 5, L4403 4 5, L5403 4 5, Template:L5603 4 5, Template:L5703 4 5 ThinkPad X200 UltraBase3, ThinkPad UltraBase Series 33 Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Battery Travel Bezel
Icon20 s ultrabayenh.png Serial Ultrabay Enhanced W5103, W5203, W5303, W7003, W700ds3, W7013, W701ds3, T4203, T420i3, T4303, T430i3, T5103, T510i3, T5203, T520i3, T5303, T530i3, L4103 4 5, L4123 4 5, L4203 4 5, L4213 4 5, L4303 4 5, L5103 4 5, L5123 4 5, L5203 4 5, L5303 4 5, R400, R500 N/A Optical Drive Optical Drive Optical Drive Adapter Travel Bezel

Compatibility Table
type Icon20 ultrabay.png slot Icon20 ultrabaythick.png slot Icon20 ultrabayii.png slot Icon20 ultrabayfx.png slot Icon20 ultraslimbay.png slot Icon20 ultrabay2000.png slot Icon20 ultrabayplus.png slot Icon20 ultrabayslim.png slot Icon20 ultrabayenh.png slot Icon20 ultrabaythin.png slot Icon20 s ultrabayslim.png slot Icon20 s ultrabayenh.png slot
Icon20 ultrabay.png device yes yes Adapter no no no no no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabaythick.png device no yes Adapter no no no no no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabayii.png device no no yes no no no no no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabayfx.png device no no no yes no no no no no no no no
Icon20 ultraslimbay.png device no no no no yes no no no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabay2000.png device no no no no no yes yes no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabayplus.png device no no no no no no yes no no no no no
Icon20 ultrabayslim.png device no no no no no Adapter Adapter yes yes no no no
Icon20 ultrabayenh.png device no no no no no Adapter Adapter no yes no no no
Icon20 ultrabaythin.png device no no no no no no no no no yes no no
Icon20 s ultrabayslim.png device no no no no no no no no no no yes yes
Icon20 s ultrabayenh.png device no no no no no no no no no no no yes

Characteristics Table
type cold-swapping warm-swapping hot-swapping bay bezel shape bay connector bay height
Icon20 ultrabay.png yes no no flat rectangle, no cut-outs or bevels unknown 15 mm
Icon20 ultrabaythick.png yes no no flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; no bevels unknown 19 mm
Icon20 ultrabayii.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; no bevels unknown 17 mm
Icon20 ultrabayfx.png yes yes no wedge, cut out on the top right corner; no bevels unknown 25.4 mm
Icon20 ultraslimbay.png yes yes no flat rectangle, no cut-outs; has a beveled bottom proprietary 80-pin Molex 12.7 mm
Icon20 ultrabay2000.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; has a beveled-to-flat bottom proprietary 80-pin Molex 12.7 mm
Icon20 ultrabayplus.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; has a beveled-to-flat bottom proprietary 80-pin Molex 12.7 mm
Icon20 ultrabayslim.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; bevels varies on model proprietary JAE PM1F050N1AE 9.5 mm
Icon20 ultrabayenh.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; bevels varies on model proprietary JAE PM1F050N1AE 12.7 mm
Icon20 ultrabaythin.png yes yes no flat rectangle, no cut-outs; has a beveled bottom standard slimline IDE 7 mm
Icon20 s ultrabayslim.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; bevels varies on model standard slimline SATA 9.5 mm
Icon20 s ultrabayenh.png yes yes yes flat rectangle, cut-out on the bottom right corner; bevels varies on model standard slimline SATA 12.7 mm

See also


FOOTNOTES [Δ]
  1. IBM originally used the formatting 'UltraBay' with a capital letter 'B' but later switched to 'Ultrabay' with a lower-case 'b'. The reason behind this change is unknown.
  2. This definition is no longer valid as of the Ultrabay Slim and newer Ultrabay types, as it is nothing more than a IDE/SATA connector.
  3. This model lacks the battery terminals which are required to support an Ultrabay battery. For dual-bay models, this bay doesn't have the battery terminals.
  4. This model does not support hot or warm-swapping.
  5. This model does not have an eject mechanism to eject an Ultrabay device.
  6. This model does not support hot-swapping.