01-01-2018 12:26 PM
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?
My second question is in regards to memory. Does it only have 1 memory slot and no memory on the mainboard?
01-01-2018 08:10 PM
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.
01-02-2018 07:14 PM
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!
05-24-2018 03:40 PM
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.