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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎01-17-2013
Location: Bogota
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Swapping SSDs instead of adding one

Hi everyone,


I have some of  questions regarding my new laptop. Are both SSD bays on the Yoga 13 for mSATA 1,8" SSD drives? If so, would it make sense to buy a faster 256Gb drive than the included SSD and "swap" the primary to be the faster 256Gb drive and leave the128Gb SSD as the secondary drive? I hear comments on the included SSD being pretty slow...


Any suggestions on a fast SSD drive that would do the trick (Samsung, Crucial)?


Would you think there would be a noticeable increase in performance by doing this?


Thanks so much!





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Re: Swapping SSDs instead of adding one



Welcome To Lenovo Community


 Yes you can upgrade Yoga 13 with a second 256 GB SSD


 Instructions here: How to Upgrade Memory and Storage on the Lenovo Idea pad Yoga 13


 If you get the OCZ Vertex 4 SATA III 2.5 SSD or the read/write speed is much faster than the mSATA SSD. Check this review.


Do give this a try and let us know  




Hope This Helps






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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎01-17-2013
Location: Bogota
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Re: Swapping SSDs instead of adding one

Hi RMatoo,

Thanks for your reply. So you are saying that the Yoga can house 1'8" as well as 2,5" SSDs?

I would be eager to try the Samsung 840 in that case. The OCZ is only 50Gbs, so it doesen't fit my needs.


What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎02-02-2013
Location: Midwest U.S.
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Re: Swapping SSDs instead of adding one

The yoga has two 1.8 mSATA ssd slots on the right hand side of the machine (top and bottom). I got the Crucial m4 256gb ssd and installed it in the spot where the original 128 was, then I moved the original drive to the secondary slot (booting seems a little flakey if you don't). Because I wanted to have a bigger C: drive, I used clonezilla to clone the original drive (including the recovery partitions) to the new 256gb drive and then I used gParted to increase the size of the cloned windows partition to use all of the available space on the new drive. Finally after I verified that everything worked (including the recovery partition(s)) by removing the original drive and testing, I closed everything back up and then formatted the old drive.


If you don't want to move the original OS/Restore stuff to the new, bigger drive, and instead just want to use the new drive for additional storage space,  then you can save a lot of time by not cloning the original drive and then resizing it (not to mention this steep take a bit more of know how / guide reading). Personally, I do a lot of development which requires the development tools to be installed on the main system partition, so I had to clone mine.


Overall, it's fairly easy to do the actual install, just make sure you have some double sided tape for the keyboard. Although the new drive is suposedly faster, I haven't noticed any performance differences. Also if you do add another ssd, I would recommend upgrading the memory as well if you want to do it since the keyboard is a pain to fit back without any flex/movement. (hence the tape)

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