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alank2
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Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

It has a 500G toshiba hard disk in it, but I downloaded what I think is the Hardware Maint Manual and it shows a M2 SSD slot above the notebook.  Can anyone confirm this is true?  Can I put one of these in there?

 

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-Internal-MZ-N5E250BW/dp/B00TGIVZTW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qi...

 

My second question is in regards to memory.  Does it only have 1 memory slot and no memory on the mainboard?

jmt87
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

Well, I just got one of these last week and had it apart just after activating Windows 10 and making sure I could re-install it if necessary.

 

It only has one memory card slot, and none soldered to the board.  I have a 8Gb stick on order, along with a 256Gb Western Digital Blue M.2 2280 SSD.  I found that slot you were asking about and figured I would give it a shot. If it will boot from the M.2, putting Linux in the M.2 drive and leaving Win10 on the SSD I installed in place of the rotating 500Gb drive.

 

I installed a Toshiba 2.5" SSD I had on the shelf, and let me tell you, what a difference it makes.  Boots Windows 10 from power to Login screen in about 7-8 seconds.  Currently I have the drive split out with a Linux install installed on the back end.  That distro, Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon, boots it like 3-4 from power to Login screen.  Currently I get around 5 hours of solid use with Windows, and am tuning Linux to get around 7-8 hours.

 

Will report back once I have the new drive and memory installed. Should get them hopefully by Thursday.

Sharky1124
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

If it is a M2 slot, it will be fine.

alank2
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

Actually it looks shorter in the HMM...

Sharky1124
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

Dear friend,

How about if you take a picture of your device and let me see it? (i mean your motherboard or whatever that is)

alank2
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

I don't have it apart.  I am only going by what the hardware maintenance manual shows, and it shows a very short slot - probably only half the size.  If I get a SSD, I'll go with the drive version.  I appreciate the help!

DrKWC
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

Did the M.2 SSD work?  And if so, was it SATA or NVMe?  I contacted Lenovo's Tech support and they were no help at all.

alank2
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

I ended up putting a SATA SSD in it instead.  I can't recall anything about whether it has an M2 or not, sorry.

jmt87
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Re: Got a ideapad 2in1 14 (81CW) - 2 questions

It had an NVME slot. This is the drive I put in:

 

MyDigitalSSD SBX Single Sided 80mm (2280) M.2 PCI Express 3.0 x2 (PCIe Gen3 x2) NVMe SSD (128GB) (MDNVME80-SBX-0128).  Just do a search on Amazon.

 

Runs Linux just fine, so now I have two really quick SSD drives and this laptop just sings.

 

Now just need to get the bigger battery used for the I7 models.

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