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southjerseyboy
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Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

I have seen that on older models with emmc drive, there was an available m.2 slot on the motherboard where you could put in an m.2 drive. Can you do that in the ideapad 120s? I have the 11 inch model with emmc drive soldered to the motherboard. Thank you.

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Hi southjerseyboy,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

The product specifications for Ideapad 120s 11 inch does include the following options on select models:

Some: HDD SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm  

Some: 32GB or 64GB eMMC
Some: 128GB or 256GB M.2 SSD, SATA 6.0Gb/s

 

The m.2 port may or may not be available on your board as seen here on the hardware manual (page38) so best way to to confirm this option is to visually check it on yours. 

 

Ideapad 120s 11 with m.2ssd.JPGIdeapad 120s 11" with m.2 SATA SSD option

Hope this helps answer your query.

 

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

M.2 port not available on the 120s with the 32gb emmc soldered on the motherboard. Unfortunate, I think it was available on the 100s/110s models. I hope I can manage to use this long term, it will require monitoring free space closely and using the micro ad drive whenever possible.

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Hi southjerseyboy,

 

Greetings.

 

As we have suspected, you systemboard variant is those have embedded EMMC storage.

The intent of such designs is for constant online storage and network activities.

 

A handy external usb storage drive can also be helpful.

 

Please don't hesitate to visit our forums at any time.

Best luck in all your endeavors.

 

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

This is SO CLOSE to being a great subcompact notebook.

 

The three problems:

Less than optimal screen.

2GB memory.

32GB eMMC drive.

 

The screen, while not ideal since it's a TN display, is still better than what is found on most budget laptops. I like the AU Optronics panel better than the Chi Mei found on most of the other 110s/120s models. You can futz with the settings a bit to improve the contrast.

 

The combination of Win 10 64 bit (which takes more space than 32 bit), 2GB memory and 32GB eMMC is what hurts the unit. You really can only have a couple of tabs open and maybe run a single app before things start bogging down.

 

When you all start building the 130s, here's what you should do:

 

Start with the 120S.

 

Keep the TN display/AU panel. It's acceptable given the brigtness and matte display.

 

Bump up the memory to 4GB and eMMC to 64GB (what would that add to the cost, maybe $25 US?)

OR make it user expandable (to add an additional 2GB minimum memory and a m.2 drive (you could install an m.2 in the 110s)) to have a larger faster drive. This way you could keep the price point the same and let the user incur the expense if they wanted something a little more robust. 

 

I really believe a 4GB memory/64GB storage is the MINIMUM for a 64bit system, despite what Microsoft says. You can work with 2GB/32GB, but it really limits what you can do.

 

I'm going to keep my 120s 11.6, but would gladly buy the next iteration with the memory/storeage expansion, either build in or user added if the slots were available. If you did this you'd sell a bazillion of them. 

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Hi southjerseyboy,

 

Greetings.

 

That specification sure would be nice for the model.

You may also share the recommendation with the developer community under Lenovo Technology here for comments and reviews.

 

Regards



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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Currently we have the 120S-DN 11.6" (model 81A400DNAU) on sale in Australia.  Still with 32GB EMMC but has 4GB RAM.  I'm tempted to buy one and run Linux on it to replace my ancient Eee PC. It would be nice if I could get a proper SSD in there though; then I'd consider dual boot keeping Win 10.

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Mine Lenovo 120s 11.6inches come with 4GB and 500GB HDD, there are ticker and havier than eMMC model. I wish to upgrade hdd to 1TB but there is hardware warranty and windows licence void. Windows licence can made me hurt.

 

With my 120s, everything is fine except TN display, i hope IPS display will upgrade on next model. Overall is NICE laptop for Everyday used.

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Re: Possible hard drive upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

Where did you purchase the model you have?
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Re: Possible storage upgrade on Ideapad 120s with emmc?

I'm not sure how Sponder's post solves the OP's question. Did the OP confirm there was no M.2 connector? What is the basis for the OP's claim that "M.2 port [is] not available on the 120s with the 32gb emmc soldered on the motherboard."...? And if accurate, what particular variant was this for...?

 

Are there any 120S variants that have eMMC and the M.2 port? Unless some variant shipped without the M.2 connector, I would suggest all of them have it. From the manual, even the 120S-11IAP with HDD variant still looks like it has the M.2 port - not that you can use it (the battery appears to interfere). In fact, if all variants ship with the M.2 connector, then the only variant that cannot use the M.2 port would be the 120S-11IAP with HDD, yes..?!?! The units without a HDD appear to have an "L" shaped battery pack that occupies the HDD location exposing the M.2 slot.

 

Can anyone confirm that the 81A400DNAU variant sold in Australia does NOT have the M.2 connector / "L" shaped battery pack...?

 

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