12-19-2017 06:04 AM
Can anyone answer this question about the hard drive for the Lenovo Yoga 920?
I have a requirement with my employer that the hard drives be removable rather than attached to the system board. It is a security issue.
Can the drive for the 920 be removed or is it soldered in the system board?
Thank you in advance.
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12-19-2017 07:07 AM - edited 12-19-2017 07:23 AM
It's technically removable, though not terribly easy to do. Then, again, I've only seen a few laptops that had easily-accessible hard drives.
The system RAM is soldered to the board and not removable.
Kind of an odd security requirement unless your employer expects you to take the thing out at the end of each day. Or remove it before sending the 920 in for any sort of repair.
My last employer required that all laptops, company-owned and personal, have encrypted, password-protected hard drives. No company data was to be stored on the computers. Only on company servers behind the company firewall or on encrypted thumb drives should it be necessary for offsite presentations and such. Sounds more intrusive than it actually was. But, to my knowledge, nothing was ever compromised. The restrictions on cell phones was much worse. So tight - at the time - only Blackberry and Windows Phones qualified.
12-19-2017 08:09 AM - edited 12-19-2017 01:52 PM
As Doctordon said, the SSD (not hard drive) certainly isn't swappable in any sense and not really removable except as a last-ditch repair or upgrade. It requires nearly complete disassembly of the laptop.
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12-19-2017 02:17 PM
That SORT of makes sense (destroying just the hard drive instead of the whole laptop).
To that end, if I were you, I'd clone the hard drive as soon as you get it (clone it to the same size external hard drive or SSD. You'd clone it back to the computer when you replace the drive). I'd also do a comprehensive backup and create (and TEST) a system recovery drive. That way, should they ever opt to rip out the SSD and destroy it, you're only a few hours away from having your computer back in its original state.
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01-02-2018 04:23 PM
I usually used Magician from Samsung to clone (disk image) my m.2 Sata SSD.
How to procced with PCI" - NVMe Samsung SSD like in the yoya 920?
What would it be the appropriate M.2 enclosure/case/cable to connect to an USB port of the laptop? What software for cloning ? Data migration?