I've got a T410S dual boot win 7 with Mint 17.3 Cinnamon, but it's starting to die on me (think overheating = new m/board) so just splashed out and bought a T430S (=1600x900, I5, 8G RAM, 240G SSD). It's refurbished with seller win7 installed. Want dual boot because there is the odd stuff (v little) that I need win for (and not often). So how was installation:
- Boot up, go through windows activation, product key, yada, yada.
Immediately go to control panel/admin tools/computer mgmt/storage to find out what's-what on the SSD, as expected win C: has hogged it all with 226G of the available space, there's a recovery partition of nearly 12G at the back of the SSD and a 'system' partition of 350M at the front (what's that doing?). That's three out of four primary partitions if we are using MBR!
Reboot and go into BIOS, GPT/Legacy is set as both so how will mint handle this?
Back to win to reduce size of C: to make space for mint, win will only reduce C: from 226G to 115G - unmoveable files, I've got a problem, I don't want it to be more than 65G. Go back to control panel and set page file = 0, recheck on resizing - makes no difference.
Time for drastic action - reboot off REDO CD and take system images of all partitions on SSD (REDO = my choice for taking system images, easy to use, download off the web).
REDO CD has gparted on it (as do others such as linux rescue disks), gparted is quite happy to reduce C: down to about 28G. Go ahead with C: at about 65G.
Reboot, win complains, let it run chkdsk to make it happy, then boots quite happily. Now have large chunk of un-allocated space. Set up a primary partition (NTFS) of about 100G for D: (which will be subsequently be mounted as /home/andy/data so I can share between mint and win).
Reboot with Mint 18 DVD, install third party software, etc. = yes, install alongside win7 = NO, select something else. Set up 8G swap, and about 27G partitions for / and /home, letting everything to default to primary partitions.
Mint 18 installs, it takes some time, go out and have cigarette!
Reboot - flawless, there's the grub menu and into Mint 18 and everything looks like it's working....
See also "HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough":
I've checked the T430 BIOS and it is "VT-d enabled" (set as default). So at some point in the future, I'll have a play with this and see if I can dispense with my dual boot config.
Now starts the longer job, to set up and install all the s/w (mint and win) so that the T430 performs like the T410 (without unexpected shutdowns). It will take me days!
In summary, the T430 is an excellent piece of kit to run mint without hassle (just like its predecessor the T410S and before that a T60) - the problems I had didn't take that long to sort and were all win related. Can't comment on the later Thinkpads, but from my perspective linux and Thinkpads rock!
Posted for anyone else thinking about a T430 under linux.