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Paper Tape
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M.2 SSD for IdeaPad 2in1 14 (81CW)

Hello all, I recently purchased an IdeaPad 2in1 14" and found in the Hardware Maintenance Manual that there is a 'dedicated' SSD slot.  The laptop only comes with an HDD, but I confirmed there is an empty slot where the HMM says the SSD should go.


I have seen on here where people were going to try to install a drive in the (presumably) M.2 slot but have not said if it works or not.  I contacted tech support, who were absolutely no help and simply pointed me to the online manuals and said my serial number "does not have an option for SSD".


I would like to install an SSD in the M.2 slot, if that is what it is, but I need to know 1.) does it work? and 2.) is it SATA or NVMe?  If that won't work I will install an SSD in place of the HDD, but I would rather have both for the extra storage.


Any help will be appreciated.

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Re: M.2 SSD for IdeaPad 2in1 14 (81CW)



Welcome to the Community Forums.


I was also checking the same specifications offered to the 81CW model but would not show any compatible m.2 SSD for the slot shown in the hardware manual. No mention of any m.2 SSD using partslookup tool either similar to crucial 


We cannot guarantee that the m.2 slot is electrically active either as claimed by fellow member jmt87 from this discussion using a 256Gb Western Digital Blue M.2 2280 SSD. In this premise, we do not also remove the chance that it can still work on your motherboard not unless you have a spare to test it with. 


As SSD m.2 can be costly, I won't advise any purchase at the moment but rather seing the current HDD for a SATA SSD upgrade for now.



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Re: M.2 SSD for IdeaPad 2in1 14 (81CW)

After all, is the Ideapad 2in1 14 "(81CW) compatible with M. 2? If YES, I could use the memory M. 2 Intel Optane at this slot?
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