05-30-2018 01:32 PM
Hello, I have recently been considiring too add a SSD M.2. to my Lenovo Y520. I have the 1 TB version of it, but this is truley slow, like slower then slowest. So I want to add a SSD to speed it up a littlebit. The question I have in mind is.
How do i do it with the OS. This is currently installed on the 1 TB HDD which the laptop came with, if i want to install a M.2. in this machine I also want to have the OS on that one and some other software. The 1 TB is just gonna work as a game/movie drive. Any suggestions?
Also what SSD do you recommend me to buy?
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05-30-2018 02:53 PM
Welcome to the Community Forums.
You can install an M.2 SSD / PCIe 3.0 x 4 along with your 1TB SATA HDD.
You may install another Windows 10 of the same version on the M.2 along with the driver and on the BIOS change the boot priority to it as primary boot then save and exit. The 2nd drive would stay with the original OS and big enough to hold most of your movie and data files too.
Recommended SSD are listed here on the hardware manual item 14 page 66.
I hope this helps answer your query.
Update us how it goes best for you.
05-30-2018 03:09 PM
05-31-2018 05:32 AM
Just install the same Windows version on the SSD.
Don't have to remove Windows on the 1 TB just yet, keep it for a while as a back up boot and decide later when things are stable.
05-31-2018 07:56 AM
Just install the same Windows version on the SSD
The one complication with doing that is that Windows on the SSD will use the UEFI partition on the HDD, meaning that you cannot remove the HDD in the future (e.g. to fit a larger HDD or replace it with a 2.5 inch SATA SSD). Removing the HDD will stop the laptop booting (missing UEFI partition).
I think that the choices are:
(1) Install Windows on the SSD keeping the HDD connected.
This will create a dual-boot system, and allow you to boot either Windows on the SSD, or Windows on the HDD. But the UEFI partition will remain on the HDD, so that you cannot remove or replace the HDD in the future.
(2) Disconnect the HDD and then install Windows on the SSD.
This will create a new UEFI partition on the SSD, and that is the one that will be used during boot. After the installation is complete, you can reconnect the HDD. Note that this does NOT create a dual-boot system, so Windows on the HDD will be accessible as a simple data disk but will not be bootable. You can delete the Windows partition, UEFI partition, and recovery partitions on the HDD, and re-use the space for a single data partition. Any of the free disk-management tools should be able to do this. If you already have a data partition on the HDD, remember to copy the files to an external USB disk before repartitioning the HDD.
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07-20-2019 09:28 PM
I added the a 500GB PCIe SSD, in the windows disk management the newly added SSD is showing up, I used Macrium Reflect to clone my windows to the SSD. But unfortunately the SSD is not being detected in the boot menu and I'm not able to boot from the newly added SSD.