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Stephen007
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IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

Good evening,

 

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-17ISK laptop and I'm looking forward to add an SSD disk. I scanned my laptop with Speeccy and it seems that I have 2 PCIe slots available for new devices. The first one is x1. The second one is x4

So, my question is if my laptop has got  a M.2 2280 connector. The SSD model I wanna buy is this "SSD WESTERN DIGITAL BLACK 256GB M.2 2280 PCIE GEN3 X4".

 

Scan result: Screenshot_1.png

 

Screenshot_2.png

 

 

Thanks in advance,

-Stefan

southleft
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Re: IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

According to the Y700 Maintenance Manual, your model has a dedicated M.2 slot which accepts a 2280-type SSD. It is located in between the regular hard drive and the battery pack. The SPECCY details you provided do not tell us if the M.2 slot is already occupied. If you do a Google search for "Y700 maintenance manual" or similar the search results will include a link to the manual wherein you can look at the table of contents and then click on the page for replacing SSD or hard drive. This will show a clear photo of the location of the M.2 slot. Earlier pages in the manual show pictures of how to remove the bottom cover to gain access to the M.2 slot.
SSD prices have recently been dramatically reduced. You may find that a 500GB model is now affordable. WD, Samsung, and Crucial all have excellent reputations for reliability and performance. My only concern with M.2 SSDs installed in a laptop is that under intensive work conditions such as writing huge amounts of data (many GBs at once), the SSD may get rather hot. The SSD is lying down flat against the motherboard and the laptop's bottom panel covers it up. There is no air circulation, no fan blowing on it to keep it cool. My own experience suggests that normal office work, productivity, and gaming will not cause any problems. More intensive tasks such as photo and video editing is OK, too, as long as you're not Writing /saving / transcoding more than a few GBs at a time. To keep things cool under very intense Write/save/transcode loads consider placing the Y700 on a laptop cooling pad. This is basically a laptop-size shelf with a fan or two built in to blow air continuously at the underside of the laptop, thus it helps minimize heat buildup.
57jgm
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Re: IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

Hi Paper Tape,

 

I'll like your clarity in your answer.

 

Subsequent question: does this mean that any SSD - formfactor M.2 2280 will be OK?

 

 I own a y700 15ISK with 128Gb SSD and would like to upgrade to 250Gb or 500Gb SSD - next to the 1Tb HDD for data storage.

 

The information I'm getting from Lenovo is not that clear and their SSD alternative are no longer up to date with current SDD offers.

southleft
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Re: IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

No, not every M.2 2280 SSD will be OK.

 

The SSD for your laptop needs to be a "PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe" type.

Example: 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA12K7968212&Description=samsung%20m.2%202280&cm_...

 

The other type is "M.2 2280 SATA III". This type is not suitable for your laptop.

Example:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147677&Description=samsung%20m.2%202280&cm...

 

 

57jgm
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Re: IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

Hi all,

 

I did manage to replace the SSD!!

 

Used the following steps:

  1. transfered Mydocument folder to the other drive D:
  2. made a bootable resque USB stick - standard Microsoft procudre
  3. complete backup
  4. replace the SSD
  5. rebooted with resque USB stick
  6. reinstalled W'10 and all s/w on the new SSD
  7. re-transferred the Mydocument folder back to C:

I installed the Samsung NVMe SSD 960EVO M.2 ( 250GB) ( model: MZ-V6E250 - Model Code: MZ-V6E250BW)

 

All is working as it should.

southleft
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Re: IdeaPad Y700-17ISK SSD compatibility ( PCIe x4 M.2 2280 NVMe )

Congratulations, and well done on the steps you followed to get it done. The Samsung 960 EVO SSD is a very good performer.

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