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michelleacc
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SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

Hello,

 

I own an Ideapad 310 (80ST0025US) (AMD- A10-9600p). It comes with a 1TB Hard Drive and I want to update it to a SSD ( solid state drive) and I was wodering what's the max SDD capacity that this laptop can hold? I read that it supports up to 128SSD drive, is that true? What SSD should I buy? Thanks!

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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?


@michelleacc wrote:

Hello,

 

I own an Ideapad 310 (80ST0025US) (AMD- A10-9600p). It comes with a 1TB Hard Drive and I want to update it to a SSD ( solid state drive) and I was wodering what's the max SDD capacity that this laptop can hold? I read that it supports up to 128SSD drive, is that true? What SSD should I buy? Thanks!


Hi Michelleacc,

 

It seems that your unit will support a maximum of up to 256GB SSD drive, using interface SATA 3. Have a look online to see which one would be best for the price etc. 

 

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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

Thank you!!! I was so confused, I asked for tech support (spanish tech support) and they told me that it will support 1TB SSD. That didn't seemed accurate to me so that's why I started this topic.

 

Thank you.

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Oh! I have another question about this SSD topic. There's another port on this laptop where I can connect a SSD? I mean , does this model has an M.2 port or something else that can allow me to have the HDD and the SSD working at the same time? or can I only use one?.

 

Thank you

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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

tip: if you don't use the DVD optical unit consider removing it and install a HDD/SSD adapter in its place.. this way you can install the SSD in the DVD slot and keep the 1TB HDD too, for large space storage of files.

 

beware that the sata caddys come in 2 sizes: for 12,7 mm high slots and for 9,5 mm high slots... and not even Lenovo specifies the size of their optical units... i found this the hard way.... bought the wrong size (12,7mm) caddy and it didn't fit. Had to buy another one for 9,5 mm slots for my ideapad 510-15isk but now i have both a hdd and a ssd in my laptop.

 

Make sure that the caddy that you use has cooling space below the drive... there are some models where the "floor" of the caddy is a solid wall - those are not good imho because they restrict the airflow for cooling the SSD

 

it looks like this:MF-95-01_hires_photo---217a0c34-6770-4034-8294-2ac98e7a14a0

 

 

 

 

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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

Thank you very much! Some days ago I did a little research about this but I couldn't find anything related to the Ideapad. Didn't know it could actually work on this laptop.

Thank you! You're very kind Smiley Happy
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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?


@Aditza wrote:

tip: if you don't use the DVD optical unit consider removing it and install a HDD/SSD adapter in its place.. this way you can install the SSD in the DVD slot and keep the 1TB HDD too, for large space storage of files.

 

beware that the sata caddys come in 2 sizes: for 12,7 mm high slots and for 9,5 mm high slots... and not even Lenovo specifies the size of their optical units... i found this the hard way.... bought the wrong size (12,7mm) caddy and it didn't fit. Had to buy another one for 9,5 mm slots for my ideapad 510-15isk but now i have both a hdd and a ssd in my laptop.

 

Make sure that the caddy that you use has cooling space below the drive... there are some models where the "floor" of the caddy is a solid wall - those are not good imho because they restrict the airflow for cooling the SSD

 

it looks like this:MF-95-01_hires_photo---217a0c34-6770-4034-8294-2ac98e7a14a0

 

 

 

 


What do you think about this one? It has a lot space for cooling51JZG58SywL._SL1010_.jpg

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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

that vertical "rib" on the inner right side looks a bit too thin imho... not enough strength in it.... if it's low-quality plastic it will probably break if i sneeze in its direction

Also, depending on model, some HDDs/SSDs are sometimes fixed by screws from underneath not from sides... this one has no support for screws from underneath. Only for side screws and that will add additional mechanical stress on that thin plastic rib.

Look at the one i posted.. the small ledge has 4 screw holes in the corners for mounting a drive with screws from below.
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Re: SSD on a Ideapad 310 (AMD)?

ooh! I see! Sorry, I'm new at this. Thank you! I'll look for the one you posted.

Have a nice day!
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also, look for continuous metal contact between the drive case and the laptop inner chassis.

The drive needs a good grounding plane too. That plastic one that you posted has no grounding contacts that i can see except for the data/power connector - but it's dangerous to rely on that, especially for grounding any static discharges.

If you look at the one i posted, it has a metal sheet that goes up to the drive sides, forming 3 "fingers" with contact bumps on each side. Those are there for grounding contact.

The metal sheet goes all the way to the screws that attach the case-fixing mechanism and that one in turn is fixed to the case (and ground) by another one or two screws. These are the main ground points for the caddy and the drive.

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