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double_eh
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Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD

I'm interested in purchasing this 520s with i5-8250U processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX GPU, but before I do I need a clear answer on it's expandability. I'm not sure if this model comes with a M.2 SSD or a 2.5" SSD, and if it has one can it take the other? Reviews suggest it may have an available M.2 port so that would mean it comes with a 2.5" SSD, but is the port powered and capable of being used for expansion? I don't have a SKU # for this model as Curry's can't provide me with one.
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Re: Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD

Hi double_eh,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

It would be inaccurate to get details with the information that Currys have on their page.

 

General specifications for storage would have :

Some: SSD / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide
Some: HDD / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high
Some: M.2 SSD / PCIe 3.0 x 4

 

Machine number 81BL009FUS would actually have 1TB 5400rpm + 256GB SSD M.2 PCIe and other variants would have different combinations or with just one storage that can be either an m.2 or a SATA.

 

As it would be a big difference, it would be best to check it with Currys on specific details of the packages they offer. Price comparison with other packages may give a hint. Having a machine number (lenovo SKU) like above sample would be better for us to even check the board for available slots.

 

Another option is to get a package with the storage that you need (ex. HDD SATA + SSD m.2 PCIe). Advantage is to have all parts covered by the warranty and you would be sure of the parts for your computing needs.

 

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Re: Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD


@double_eh wrote:
I'm not sure if this model comes with a M.2 SSD or a 2.5" SSD, and if it has one can it take the other?

Lenovo manufacture many different variants of each laptop model, but in any particular country only a subset of those variants will be marketed.  From reading these fora, some users have had difficulty when trying to expand the storage space, either because the mounting frame and cable for the extra 2.5 inch disk were not included, or because the M.2 socket was missing from the motherboard, or because the M.2 socket was present on the motherboard but not electrically active.  These are variants that omit unnecessary "stuff" in order to keep the price as low as possible.

 

To be honest, I think that you would be better advised to buy the variant that already has the storage that you want, rather than assuming that you will be able to install it afterwards.  I know that it is convenient to buy from Currys, and they sometimes have good value offers (I purchased a Lenovo from them that had a £100 manufacturer cashback).  But if Currys don't sell the variant that you want, you might like to consider buying your Lenovo from a different vendor.

 

-- from CyberSimian in the UK

double_eh
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Re: Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD

These are terrific responses thank you! That's been the issue, Curry's has just been unable to provide me with the specific SKU for this laptop so I have no way to verify what specs are inside. I'll likely follow the advice of replacing like-for-like on the hard drive but it would be nice if I knew if I could expand to an additional drive! Thank you again.

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Re: Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD

Hi double_eh,

 

Greetings.

 

We do hope Currys would at least provide part details of the package they have so at least buyers would be able to compare the pricing they offer with other resellers.

 

Anyways, you would always have our community to assist just in case you need any help or info.

Hope you have the best in all your endeavors.

 

Regards



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Re: Lenovo 520s - Upgrade SSD

Hey friend, there is PCI-e NVM-e slot in Lenovo Ideapad 520s. So you can only upgrade to internal SSD which can be expanded only upto 128gb (to the dedicated slot) but cannot upgrade to graphics card but anyhow if you are succcesful to add the Graphics card then your device will be overheated (can cause system damage) as the Ideapad 520s does not have a dedicated fan.

 

If you have  1TB of HDD then you can expand to 128 gb of SSD of PCIe NVMe Interface which is about 50-60 USD. Or  you can Replace your 1TB HDD to 512gb SSD max (PCIe NVMe Interface).  

 

Or there is an option to set a graphics card externally for which you have to purchase a external box graphics card GPU which you can connect to the laptop by  the Type-C port.

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