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This guide will show how to replace the SSD.

    • Before you begin, be sure to turn off your laptop and discharge the battery down to 25%.

    • Start by flipping the device over so that you see the screws.

    • Remove seven Torx T5 short screws.

    • Remove three Torx T5 long screws.

    • Starting from the USB port, use your opening tool to gently pry up the case.

    • Make sure you are prying on the cover itself, not the metal shield around the USB port.

    • Pry along the laptop in the order shown by the arrows.

    • Do NOT pry along the top side, or you risk damaging the casing. Stay with the arrows.

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    • Lift the case from the bottom side. NOT the side with the hinges.

    • When you feel resistance, do NOT keep lifting or you will damage the housing.

    • Once you feel resistance, gently pull the case towards you. (away from the hinges.)

    • Remove the case.

    • This is the battery. For guides that are for other parts, the battery is removed for the reason of it being a pain to connect or disconnect while screwed in.

    • Be careful not to short anything on the motherboard, as the battery cannot be disconnected before removal.

    • Remove four J1 Philips screws.

    • Remove one J1 philips screw.

    • Do not mix these screws up. If you put the longer screw where the shorter screw belongs, you will damage the shield around the keyboard.

    • Lift the battery slightly using your plastic opening tool.

    • Do not lift the battery out all the way, as it is still connected to the motherboard.

    • Do NOT puncture or deform the battery or it may catch fire or even explode.

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    • Pull the battery towards you until the wire is accessible.

    • gently tug and wiggle on the wire until it pops out.

    • Remove the battery.

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    • This is the SSD

    • remove the warranty sticker

    • Removing the warranty sticker and placing it back after may still void your warranty.

    • Remove 1 J1 Screw holding the SSD Remove the screw holding the SSD.

    • Update! I removed the size due to a lot of people having issue with stripping the screw when using the suggested size. I will look at this again when I have time. sorry for the inconvenience this caused many of you. use what you think works best here.

    It's a PH0 screw

    peaceinc99 - Antwort

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    • Slightly lift the rear of the SSD

    • If you lift too far you could damage the motherboard connector or the SSD.

    • Gently pull it out.

    Don't you just slide the bottom cover forward? I don't think there is any reason to pry it up.

    Jeremie Wells - Antwort


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Your lucky to have a M.2 ssd. Also take those labels off if your going to have it serviced they may think you have opened it.

Padraic Hoselton - Antwort

@captainsnowball 6000 REP! NICE.

Padraic Hoselton -

Thanks @paperboypaddy. those labels were always on it. I do need it serviced now though.

Aiden -

I was able to take off the battery. But I stripped the screw for the ssd. It would not come out. I used what I thought was the correct screwdriver. Can any help me?

Thank you,


Email: defdasm@yahoo.com

Alberto Loya - Antwort

Stripping the screw usually only happens if a] you’re using a screwdriver that’s the wrong size, or b] you aren’t applying sufficient pressure. You may be able to remove the screw by using some fine/needlenose pliers, but I’d urge caution in doing so, and you might want to take this somewhere to have it done professionally if you’re at all uncomfortable doing so safely. Once you’ve loosened it, remove it by hand if possible.

Also, I’d recommend you replace the screw while you have the case apart. It is most likely a metric, m2 (as in, m1, m2, m3, etc. unrelated to the M.2 SSD form factor) x 3mm long, though the length may vary by about 0.5mm. You can sometimes find these at local hardware stores like Ace or a locally-owned non-Ace store. Larger hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes (in the US) are less likely to carry metric screws that small.

OwThatHertz -

Steps 4-5 appear to be unnecessary for this upgrade unless you’re disconnecting the battery for safety reasons. Is that why they’re present?

OwThatHertz - Antwort

Thank you for the help. I would say it was option B. It was a stupid mistake on my part.

The guide easy enough to follow.

Alberto Loya -

I am going to give this a try.

Wie man eine rundgedrehte Schraube entfernt

One of the options I would avoid at all costs.

Alberto Loya -

Sorry about the stripped screw everyone. I made a temporary fix to the guide until it I have time to fix it permanently. @defdasm @owthathertz

Aiden - Antwort

I just started doing some research to replace my drive. What do I need to look for to make sure the replacement drive is compatible?

James Rossini - Antwort

Crucial is a good resource to start with. https://www.crucial.com/ Their website has feature similar to car parts shops. You need to know the exact model of your device. That information is usually on the underside of a laptop or the back of your PC tower. Type that into their search for the SSD or hard drive and it will let you know which drive is 100% guaranteed compatible with your device.

Otherwise, it may take a little digging for an older device, but Lenovo has all their product manuals on line. Other manufacturers usually do as well. Those will often say what kind of drive your device has. It's a little less reliable for exactness however, because many of the manuals cover a number of the models variants as well. But it is likey to point you in the right direction as it did for me.

Andria Olivier -

The reason the screw is getting stripped is because it's a JIS #1 screw. JIS screws are not Phillips head screws, they are a Japanese variant and the screw drivers are not interchangeable with Phillips head screwdrivers. Just be careful to make sure you are using a JIS #1 screwdriver or the screw will strip…Just learned this the hard way. I'm still hoping I can get it out…here I come Lowes.

And don't worry Aidan you're guide is not the reason I made this mistake. Almost no other guides mention this. I've come across 60+ year olds that just realized the difference while on my search to figure this out. In fact, the error was what may have save my butt (knowing it was a problem made me be as careful as I could with what I had).

Andria Olivier - Antwort

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