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elimar1
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Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Hello everyone,

 

This is my first message, so first of all I am glad to be part of this community Smiley Happy

 

I have a Lenovo Y50-70, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 860M from 4 years by now.

I had no problems at all with it, but now, since unfortunately I starded approaching gaming, I am "studying" how to upgrade my laptop. I have read a lot about it, but I still have some doubts. And sorry if I will repeat some topics already covered in this forum.

 

First upgrade:

So, basically, I would like to upgrade my laptop from HDD to SSD. From what I have read, one of the best SSD should be Samsung EVO 2.5'' SATA III. I think I will go with it. Any other suggestions about other disks or brands?

I don't mind about cloning the HDD on the SSD, I have not important data apart the software I can easily re-install on the machine.

As far as I understood, I have to create a bootable Windows 8.1 via USB that I have to put after having change the HDD with the new SSD. Then the motherboard should do the rest.

 

My concern is about the"other" important software. For example, what about the NVIDIA control panel? Or Intel? Are they being re-installed automatically somehow? Or are they embedded somewhere else so I have to do not care? Because via USB I just install the Windows OS, right? Sorry for this naive question Smiley Happy Please bring me some light about it.

I just wonder if I am safe by simply changing the HDD with SSD and installing OS via USB. In my head after doing it I have just to re-install my old programs and games. Correct?

 

Second upgrade:

I would like also to upgrade RAM. This also seems a easy operation to do. But I am still a little bit confused about which RAM to use. Of course another 8GB, but with which characteristics? Which brand to you suggest? From tutorials I have seen, it seems that there is a free space where I am supposed to insert the new RAM. I have just opened my laptop once, and I remember that that space is already covered, even if I have a 8GB notebook. Is it possible? I will double-check, anyway.

 

Thank you in advance to all!

 

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Hi elimar1,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

With a created bootable image, it would place back Win8 and drivers for you automatically. Then you just proceed reinstalling your personal apps after.

 

Cloning would be another choice for those who have apps and data to mirror copy it.

 

Max is 16GB for the machine so we expect another slot to place additional 8GB typically the same ram stick is prefered. IF not then just the same specification ( DDR3L-1,600 MHz SODIMM × 2 (max 16 GB) ). Steps are also described here in the hardware manual (page 46). Suggested OEM ram listed on page 91 item 11. The cover may just be a metal shielding can you can easily pop out.

 

I hope this helps answer your query.

 

Regards



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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Thank you very much for the quick and useful reply.

 

I will double-check this evening about the free slot for RAM. But I am quite sure that both slots were taken. It is possible that I have in my laptop 2x sticks of 4GB RAM?

Anyway many thanks for the suggestions Smiley Happy

 

All clear from the SSD side. From other researches, I come now with a new doubt. It is possible to insert a 1TB SSD on my Y50-70 laptop? Because I have read opposite things about. In particular I wonder if I can apply the 1TB version of the SSD I referred in my first message, because it seems to me very powerful. There is someone using it?

 

Thank you again for your time.

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

elimar1,

 

Greetings.

 

You can share your machine number / MTM (ex. 59416738) so we can check the details or privately message me the serial number if needed. 

 

The max is 16 GB so either you get 2 pieces of 8GB DDR3L-1,600 MHz SODIMM × 2 (max 16 GB) like those in the manual ( page 91 item 11). If you are good with 12 GB, then just replace the 4GB with an 8GB.

 

PN 11201301 RAM, Hyn HMT41GS6AFR8A-PB DDR3L 1600 8GB

PN 11202707 RAM, SK HMT41GS6BFR8A-PB/RD 8GB DDR3L 1600

PN 11202082 RAM, M471B1G73DB0-YK0 25nm 8GB DDR3L 1600

PN 11202450 RMT3160ME68FAF-1600 8GB DDR3L 1600

PN 11201304 RAM, Mic MT16KTF1G64HZ-1G6E1 DDR3L 1600 8GB

 

Other resellers do guarantee 1TB capacity SSD like here although SSD was not offered directly by OEM but should work just fine. Other similar discussion here and here.

 

Regards



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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Hi there!

 

Sorry if I disappeared suddenly Smiley Happy I had a bad period and I set aside for that moment the upgrade of my laptop.

 

But now I am moving on! I have already ordered the SSD (Samsung MZ-76E500 860 EVO 500 GB, SATA, 2.5") and the RAM (Timetec Hynix IC 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz PC3-12800).

 

I double checked and apparently I have two sticks of 4GB in my laptop. I will substitute one of those with the new one to get a total of 12GB which should be fine for the moment. I will also check the serial number and send you.

Do you have any recommendation for the substitution procedure of the RAM? Is it just "take off the old and insert the new"?

 

Regarding the new SSD, I downloaded the .iso file of Windows 8.1 64bit. As far as I understood I should load it into an USB and make a bootable USB. I will follow some guidelines on the internet to do that, unless you have super flash information to do that easily Smiley Happy

I have also read some confusing stuff like I need to modify some options in the BIOS. Is it necessary also for the Lenovo Y50-70?

 

Thank you so much for your help!

 

 

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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Hi elimar1,

 

Greetings.

 

About cloning options, if the original drive still have it then factory reset via one key recovery maybe possible for the new SSD. Since SSD may have limited space then a clean installation of Windows would give more available space.

 

You can read through this and this discussion for added reference.

 

Changing boot priority maybe needed if boot manager is not an option for you to boot from the USB to install. Otherwise I am optimistic that you can do it aside from swapping the 4GB ram with an 8GB DDR3L (page 46).

 

Regards

 

 



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Re: Lenovo Y50-70 SSD and RAM upgrade - Doubts

Thanks for the nice reply as always.

 

I do not care about cloning my old apps and files. I had a backup in an external HD just for  my personal files.

I just want to throw away my old HDD and upgrade with a totally new and empty SSD. 

 

As far as I got, the steps should be:

1. create a bootable USB Windows 8.1 (basically, the uncrompessed .iso file)

2. Take off the HDD

3. Mount the SSD

4. Insert the USB with windows.

5. Turn on the laptop.

 

Then in my mind the system should know what to do, it will install Windows again (as well as the drivers of the GPU and so on and what the system needs to run) and I should be happy, with a "new" and "empty" laptop (and quite more fast then before of course).

 

Am I right or am I going to do a mess? Smiley Happy

 

Super thanks for the references and the feedback.

 

Best wishes

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