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Ideapad 330 17ICH SSD Type?

2018-08-31, 22:06 PM

Just got an Ideapad 330 17ICH GTX, with the 128 GB SSD, but I think I might like more SSD space, maybe 256 or 512. The problem is thatth can't tell what type it is, and I haven't removed the case yet and I've not used this kind of drive.

 

What type is the SSD so I can order? PCIe NVMe M.2? I saw two SSD with this designation and same form factor, but one has two spots and the other has one?

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Re: Ideapad 330 17ICH SSD Type?

2018-08-31, 22:30 PM

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What type is the SSD so I can order? PCIe NVMe M.2? I saw two SSD with this designation and same form factor, but one has two spots and the other has one?


M.2 sockets exist in three varieties:

 

(1) Those that support only SATA (laptops from 4 to 5 years ago).

(2) Those that support SATA and PCI-E (laptops from 2 to 3 years ago).

(3) Those that support only PCI-E (current Lenovo Ideapads).

 

It is probable that your laptop is variety (3).  However, to confirm this, look in the "Hardware Maintenance Manual" (HMM) for your laptop model.  It will list compatible SSDs.  If only PCI-E M.2 SSDs are listed, buy a PCI-E SSD (it doen't have to be one of those listed).

 

You can download the HMM from the Support page for your laptop on this web site.

 

-- from CyberSimian in the UK

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2018-09-01, 3:23 AM

Thanks for getting back to me on this. I did check the HMM but it doesn't specify which type, only PCIe, but nothing else, unless I can get tech info on the part number elsewhere.

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2018-09-01, 9:36 AM

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I did check the HMM but it doesn't specify which type, only PCIe, but nothing else.


I have just had a look at the HMM for your laptop, and I see that it does not  specify specific SSDs that have been tested by Lenovo to be compatible with the laptop.  HMMs for other models do  contain that information, so apologies for giving you bad advice.  (Perhaps Lenovo are economising on the testing of peripherals.)

 

However, all that you need to know is that the interface for the M.2 slot is PCI-E.  So do not  purchase a SATA M.2 SSD.  Instead, purchase an NVMe PCI-E M.2 SSD.  You can of course purchase a SATA 2.5 inch 7mm thick SSD to install in the slot for the HDD, if you prefer.

 

-- from CyberSimian in the UK

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2018-09-01, 11:48 AM

Haha, no, it was great advice, just that Lenovo wasn't keeping up with us! Thanks for the tips. These new SSD are just unfamiliar to me. Reminds me of all the changes in RAM over the years (built my first PC in 1993)

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Re: Ideapad 330 17ICH SSD Type?

2018-09-01, 14:51 PM

Additional information:

 

Your 128GB device is PCI/e 3 x2 in the 2280 Pci/e 3x4 slot. This slot can also hold INTEL OPTANE MEMORY. Either/or, not both.

 

You have a empty HDD slot to add a spinner or 2.5 inch SATA SSD.

http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/Lenovo%20Laptops/ideapad%20330%20(17_)%20Intel/ideapad_330_17ICH_IKB_IKBR_Platform_Specifications.pdf

 

http://psref.lenovo.com/Product/Lenovo_Laptops/ideapad_330_17_Intel?MT=81FL

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Re: Ideapad 330 17ICH SSD Type?

2018-09-01, 15:04 PM

Great info there, thank you!

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Re: Ideapad 330 17ICH SSD Type?

2019-03-05, 13:19 PM

So I ended up replacing the M.2 with air and added a 512 GB SATA3 SSD. Much happier and cooler now.

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