05-24-2017 09:07 PM
I have a Y410p laptop and am thinking of getting a second hard drive, namely an SSD. I popped the back cover off and found an empty M.2 slot. After checking the manual/users guide, there is no mention of an M.2 slot, and I can't find any documentation of the motherboard (NM-A031). So was wondering if anyone could tell me the answers to the following questions:
1. What slot type it is? (It looks like an M slot to me)
2. What type of connection is it? (SATA III, PCIe 2x/4x)
3. Can the laptop even boot from an M.2 SSD?
Thanks for any information you can provide.
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05-25-2017 04:46 AM
Thanks for using the Lenovo forums.
Going by this post, it seems you should be able to use an SSD to boot from.
Have a look on there, see if it is able to help you at all.
Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.
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05-27-2017 07:55 AM
After running into a few problems and tinkering for a couple hours I was finally able to get it to work. The solutions to my problems are scattered across numerous articles, so I'll post them all here in a central location in case anyone in the future runs into the same issues.
1. The appropriate ssd is a M.2 slot, with M key form factor, but a B & M key form factor works as well. The connection is SATA III. The size is 2242 (22mm wide by 42mm long). There are a bunch on Amazon for pretty cheap, I went with this one for reference: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012ASBZEO/ref=psdc_1292116011_t1_B00KLTPUG4 NOTE: these do not come with a screw, which is required to hold down the ssd, so you will need to buy one separately, and unfortunately I don't know what size it is (I'm guessing M2 screw but not entirely sure)
2. The laptop can boot from the ssd, but you need to change settings and prepare the drive properly. What I did was I inserted the drive, turned on the computer and immediately kept pressing F2 to get into the BIOS. In the BIOS, you should be able to see the drive listed on the first screen with your hdd and dvd drive. Exit BIOS, then when your computer starts, open the Disk Management tool. I can't remember the exact steps of this part, but essentially you have to set up your drive. The drive has to be setup for MBR (this has to be done before any volumes on the drive are created), and then the volume of the drive can be created by going through the wizard (right click->create volume) in NTFS format. The drive should now show up in Windows Explorer next to the hdd (default C: drive) and DVD drive.
3. Create a windows bootable USB or DVD (USB is preferable). You can google to get more information, but if you have Windows 10 then use this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
I believe Windows 7 and 8/8.1 have a similar link you can find. Once the program is downloaded, run it and select create Windows media. Choose your USB and select create bootable drive (you can do the ISO option and use rufus to create the bootable USB, but I had more luck with the first option). It is a good idea to create backups of your hdd and any Windows and Lenovo recovery media at this point (just in case).
4. This was the part I had the most trouble and anxiety. I was afraid that since the Windows activation key is embedded (non-physically) in the laptop, it would prevent me from installing windows on the new ssd without running some kind Windows unistall/reformat on the original hdd. Fortunately it doesn't, you can just install Windows on the drive and it will work and even activate on its own. To do this, shut down the computer, and pop in the Windows USB you made in the previous step. Turn on the computer and immediately press F2 to get into the BIOS. Once there, press the right arrow key to get to the boot menu tab. Make sure the Boot From USB option is enabled, then down below select the USB and press F6 to bring it to the top of the boot menu. Save changes and exit. If your computer starts noramlly (which mine did), then you need to switch the BIOS from EFI to Legacy. Turn off the computer and go back into the BIOS. I don't remember which tab its under, maybe boot, but there is a Boot Option and the choice is on EFI. Change it to legacy boot, there might be another option you have to change to legacy, but you can always google for more help. Save changes and exit, and the windows installation should pop up. Install it to the new ssd by selecting the correct drive (VERY IMPORTANT if you don't want to lose all your data on the hdd), select the option "I don't have an activation key", then let it do its thing. And thats it, your ssd is all set! You can return to the BIOS to make sure that the ssd is the first boot priority. Another note: I had permission troubles getting into the User Account on the hdd. Just right click the user folder -> properties -> security tab -> advanced -> enable inheritance, problem solved.
Hopefully this helps someone get their ssd working.