09-17-2015 08:52 AM
Hi, i have a Lenovo yoga 300 and i wonder, would an SSD be compatible with it? If so, up till what capacity? The site only states HDD, SSHD and eMMC, all with different max capacities
09-10-2016 01:49 PM - edited 09-11-2016 01:47 PM
YES - I have just sucessfully upgraded my lenovo 300 11 BY from 32GBMMX drive (part of motherboard) to 200GB SSD hard drive. Detailed procedure follow.
Upgrade Lenovo Yoga 300-11/BY storage ftom 32Gb eMMC to SATA hard disk.
As supplied, this PC has only got 32Gb of storage, which isn’t enough to run Windows 10 and store lots of stuff too. The storage is eMMC which is fixed to the processor board and is not upgradeable. Fortunately, it has an unused space inside for a 2.5 inch SATA hard disk and a socket on the board, but doesn’t come with the cable or the support tray.
I have just upgraded by own laptop, after a lot of false starts, a hard to get cable and bad information, so here is how I did it :-
What you need :-
Procedure I used.
My laptop was already upgraded to Windows 10, with ‘recovery’ partition minimised to get most use out of the 32Gb, but if yours is still 8.1 then some of the windows commands may be a bit different.
The main thing to know is that this laptop will only recognise 1 hard disk at a time, so as soon as you connect the new drive internally, the 32GB will be unrecognised, unless you unplug the new drive again.
Create bootable USB stick, in case something goes wrong.
If you are short of space on the existing C drive, this may not work, so either move some files across to another USB, or delete some. Don’t forget that deleting stuff from your onedrive will lose it when you resynch later – better to move across to USB, then bring back later. Also, empty recycle bin to create more space.
Prepare new Drive for use
Create a ‘clone’ of the old drive onto the new drive.
This is an exact replica of the old drive, so that the new drive will just work when you install it inside.
DON’T create an ‘image’ of the old disk – make sure you select ‘clone this disk’
If you get an error saying ‘chkdsk C: drive’ , then exit Macrium,
Get a command prompt (right click start button / command prompt (admin) in Windows 10)
chkdsk c: /f
Then press enter and shut down – check and fix will be done as you restart
Start Macrium again and try again for the clone – it should work now.
Install the new hard disk
Get to boot up.
Rsize C: partition (volume)
If you make massive errors and new drive doesn’t work at all
then you can always go back to using the old one whilst you think what to do. Just remove the rear cover again, discharge static and unplug the SATA cable from the system board. The laptop will now recognise and go back to using the old drive.
09-17-2018 01:27 PM
Thanks for the solution, but what should I do, if there is the recover partition between my current C: partition and the free space I'm willing to use? When I right click on the C: partition the "expand volume" option is grayed out...