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bradpitch92
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Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

I currently have a 1 TB WD solid state hybrid drive that is suffering from a SMART event and needs to be replaced. The actual mechanics of this do not look too hard. I was going to get 1 TB WD 3D NAND 2.5in SATA SSD to replace it as WD gave me a 25% off coupon so it's a decent deal for the drive.  https://www.wd.com/products/internal-ssd/wd-blue-3d-nand-sata-ssd.html#!

 

I really don't have any important files on my computer that aren't already stored on my dropbox or on an external hard drive so I'm not worried about losing any files, but I'm worried about my ability to get my Windows 10 and Office working again. I have linked the digital key to my Microsoft account, so is that all i basically need to do? And how can i ensure Office works again? Lastly, should i wipe the existing hard drive before tossing it and could that cause any problems with my replacement?

 

Also, any tips/advice are welcome. 

 

Thanks!

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Re: Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

Hi bradpitch92,

 

Greetings.

 

I think you are good to go, the speed of the replacement storage is something that you would notice. Since your machine came with preloaded OEM Windows version, the product key would automatically reload as it is captured from the systemboard.

 

Linked keys on your Microsoft account is also a good practice for other users (specially with replacement systemboard). The product key would now be accessible with using the same account.

 

As a practice, have everything set and working first (including checking your MS office keysunder your account) before deciding on the old drive. Soon as everything is activated and all data restored, then you can decide to wipe the old drive out from confidential/ personal files/data (specially pictures).

 

If you need additional storage, then you can refer back to our previous post for the m.2 option.

 

I hope this helps answer your query.

 

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Re: Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

https://www.wd.com/products/internal-ssd/wd-blue-sn500-nvme-ssd.html#WDS500G1B0C

Would this SSD work as well for my Lenovo Y700? It's a WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD

Interface - PCIe Gen3 8 Gb/s, up to 2 lanes
Form Factor - M.2 2280
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Re: Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

Hi bradpitch92,

 

It could also work although not as fast as the 4-lane PCIE m.2 sticks. Recommended SSD for you model type 80Q0 here on commodity list > solid state drives as well as those listed in the manual page 78-79 item12.

 

Your old SATA 2.5 7mm HDD spot would still be good for a SATA SSD fitting like a Samsung evo 850 from this discussion.

 

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Re: Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

Agreed it's not as fast as 4 lane but those are ultra performance, and I'm not hardcore gaming. My option is still much faster than the SATA 2.5in right? I saw speeds around 500 MB/s with SATA and my m.2 option was around 3x that. I can just use the m.2 and leave the SATA 2.5in 7mm spot empty right?
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Re: Lenovo Y700 hard drive upgrade questions

Hi bradpitch92,

 

It is an affirmative.

 

Similar to this discussion, m.2 SATA SSD does offer faster transfer speed than SATA 3 SSD.

 

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