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Vendra
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B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Hello,

I was wondering if I could replace the hdd with an ssd and put it in place of the optical driving using a caddy.

 

Will I void the warranty? What caddy do I need, a 9mm should be ok? 

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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Hi Vendra,

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!

 

This caddy should do fine 

http://hddcaddy.com/en/lenovo-ibm-hdd-caddy/1040-lenovo-b50-hdd-caddy.html

 

A 9mm caddy should work as your system supports that type of ODD drive

 

This manual list the ODD support at page 27

 

Al long as you don't induce any damage while you do the upgrade, your warranty is still valid.

 

Hope this helps

Cheers!

Solid Cruver

 



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Arnaldo86
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Hi,

I tried to do such replacement with two different caddies (SALCAR and SIENOC), but neighter of them was recognized.

 

If I connect the second hd via a 3.0 USB support it works perfectly, but when I insert it in the optical bay through the caddy the BIOS and Windows 10 do not recognize the hd.

 

Only the Disk Manager is capable of detecting an unknown device.

 

Do you have any idea?

Thanks

malogajski
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

From to day I bought two caddys and one of them periodicaly showing in BIOS but not in Windows. So do you recomend me to spent more money becose You expecting to this thing work or You known? Again, my question is should I buy or not this caddy: http://hddcaddy.com/en/lenovo-ibm-hdd-caddy/1040-lenovo-b50-hdd-caddy.html

 

Otherwise both caddy working in other laptops (hp, toshiba and lenovo g580).

What I bought it??

malogajski
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

SOLVED! After BIOS Update (27.10.2016.)

Arnaldo86
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Dear malogajski,

so you were experiencing the sam problem as me, but in the end you managed to solve it only by updating the BIOS?

 

You're lucky! I just updated the BIOS version from 3.0 to 3.07 (27/10/2016) but when I insert the HDD via the caddy but nothing has changed.

 

Could you please let me know exactly how you managed to solve the issue? Which brand is your caddy and the HDD?

Did you find any tutorial to do that?

 

Thanks

ryantwinn
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Hi malogajski ,

 

As Arnaldo86, I am also interested in how you managed to resolve the issue and I would like to know your caddy's brand.

 

Thank you

ryantwinn
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Hello again

 

I finally was able to get the caddy HDD working on the lenovo B50-80. Caddy is a no name, no brand generic one. Brand was listed as "OEM" Smiley Happy

 

You can try these steps that made it work for me on Windows 10 64-bit 1067  with a 500 GB SSHD in the caddy:

 

WARNING - TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

- update BIOS to Version A8CN54WW(V3.07) the 27.10.2016  ( as malogajski mentioned ) - from the lenovo B50-80 drivers  page

 

- INSTALL Intel Chipset Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - Laptops - from the lenovo B50-80 drivers page file name 3hb001af.exe

 

- DO NOT INSTALL Intel Rapid Storage OR UNINSTALL it if you installed it previously

 

Link for the lenovo B50-80 win 10 drivers page:

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/Lenovo-B-Series-laptops/Lenovo-B50-80-...Smiley FrustratedSmiley FrustratedSmiley Very Happy

 

After these steps and necessasry reboots the HDD SHOULD be visible BUT I had to delete all partitions on the HDD IN THE CADDY  and recreate them (LOSING ALL THE DATA) because they were not recognized correctly in Disk Management. You may have the same issue so BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DELETE/ERASE/FORMAT Smiley Happy

Don't know why that happened but at least the HDD in the caddy worked afterwards. The primary drive (the SSD in the main drive bay with the OS) was OK and nothing was changed there.

 

Hopefully this will get your HDD caddy to work too, but again: PLEASE BE WARNED - TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

 

 

 

malogajski
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Re: B50-80 hdd upgrade and caddy

Sorry guys for late respond!

 

I wrote a message here after BIOS update and that day works fine.. but next day I have to restart several times until it work again.

After a few days of test this is my conclusion: HDD Caddy works periodically after every sleep, restart or shut down. This means that sometimes I have to lose half an hour for several restart until it works. Once it starts working (when hdd is visible in windows), work without any problem until restart etc.

 

I did not delete anything at any storage and I'm skeptic at this idea. But who knows, if ryantwinn have better results, maybe I create backup and do the same things.

 

My Caddy for which I put down link works for me (somehow), but that does not mean that it will work for your B50-80. Therefore, if you decide to buy - you do this only at your own risk. I advise if it is possible to try first!

Here is a Link of my Caddy. 

 

Good luck!

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