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04-02-2014

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-04, 3:21 AM
The Crucial M550 256GB M.2 has comparable fast speeds. It has much faster write speeds than the M500.
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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-04, 14:39 PM
Yeah, I know but I would like to use the M550 if it is working... I'm under
the impression that I should have spend some more cash and got a Thinkpad
440... or a Carbon... This little fella is more trouble than it worth...
unhappily it is more than 30 days purchase or I would return it to Lenovo
to get a Tpad...

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-08, 16:04 PM

Hello all,

 

So I am in the same boat as many others.  I would like to purchase the Yoga 2 (non pro) and would like to install a second SSD.  The reason being that I need to dual boot windows 7 and windows 8 (for various reasons and I know I will need to deal with driver issues etc. on windows 7)

 

Ideally I would purchase the machine with more memory and the faster cpu however the SSD is already installed and nothing is in the standard HDD slot.  The HDD slot does not come with the main board cable or hard drive bracket.  I can purchase these from Lenovo for about $50.  The cable will connect to the main board on one end and have a SFF-8784 edge connector on the other.

 

So here is my question, does anyone know how to convert from the SFF-8784 SATA Express connector to any other form of SATA?  If I can convert it to Standard SATA, SATA Slimline, or the M-2 connection, I can then install a Second SSD.

 

Has anyone successfully been able to do this?

 

90205123- Bracket - $24.70 from Lenovo Direct (Call 877-453-6686 then Option 4, 3, 2)

90205124- Cable - $24.70 from Lenovo Direct (Call 877-453-6686 then Option 4, 3, 2)

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-09, 16:19 PM

Hi everyone,

I just received my M550 crucial M.2 SSD and installed it inside my Lenovo Yoga 2 13, but i'm having a problem.

 

The BIOS detects my new ssd, but in the windows disc manager, i can't find it. So there is no way i can clone my HDD to my ssd with macrium reflect. Macrium doesn't detect it as well.

 

I tried to restart many times my laptop, no success. I unplugged the ssd to re-plug it, it did get better.

 

My bios is running with the v1.03 version (96CN17WW), and the boot mode is UEFI. (I don't know if it is important)


Has anyone encountered this problem ? and how can I fix it ?

 

Thank you for helping me.

MD

 

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-09, 17:04 PM
Someone in Germany had the same problem and fixed it. Check the post and
please let me know how it went for you as I'm planning to use the m550
512Gb in my Yoga2 13 non-pro


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‎04-29-2014 09:05 PM - edited ‎04-30-2014 06:04 PM

I have had no issues with my WIFI card. I connect to several routers
during the day including a very old Verizon router. That router causes
problems with my Dell Venue 8 Pro when I hibernate the DV8P. The DV8P
WIFI gets the dreaded limited connectivity (no Internet because no IP
address assigned). Occasionally, I have seen my Y2 13 WIFI and Bluetooth
connections drop but changing the power options from maximum power savings
to medium power savings solves that for me.



Tonight, I installed a Crucial M550 128GB M.2 card in my Yoga 2 13
(non-Pro). The card only goes in one way, chip side up. I had to
scavenge a mounting screw. It is needed because the card tends to lift up
like memory cards in terms of the slot design.

I rebooted twice before the system saw the SSD drive. The second reboot I
went into the BIOS first to see if it detected the second drive. It did.

I ran some initial Passmark disk benchmarks on the SSD drive and got a
Passmark disk rating of 4079. This is higher than every Yoga 2 Pro disk
rating with the Samsung SSD.

I then cloned my HD to the SSD. The free partition programs did not like
to deal with GPT partitions. They want you to upgrade. So I used Macrium
Reflect to restore my drive image to the SSD drive. Reflect would restore
all of the partitions except for the Recovery partition due to space issues
even though there was enough space. I had to use the drag and drop feature
to restore the Recovery partition. I also selected None for the drive
letter for the Recovery partition. Then I shut down the Yoga and booted
into the BIOS. In the Boot screen, I made the Crucial SSD the first drive
to boot by moving it up one slot.

The boot from shutdown to the first appearance of the Windows desktop is
less than 13 seconds now.

I then ran a full Passmark Performance Test 8.

The full Passmark benchmark rating is 2071. The disk rating is 4079.

The CrystalDiskMark numbers:
1000MB Read Write
Seq 479.5 369.9
512K 439.7 369.4
4K 27.17 68.44
4KQD32 339.3 265.6


500MB Read Write
Seq 501.5 370.6
512K 436.9 369.0
4K 29.26 76.77
4KQD32 340.3 268.8

Only the two top write numbers of the 1000MB are 20 percent lower than the
Yoga 2 Pro numbers I found in one review. All of the other Crucial numbers
are higher.

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-10, 11:25 AM

Hey,

So i'm having some feedback on my undetected M550 M.2 SSD (128Gb).

It was indeed a problem of BIOS version. I was running the V1.03, so i went to the drivers page of lenovo website and download the latest version: the v1.11. And after installing it, i was able to find it in the windows disc manager.

 

Now i need to put windows on it by cloning it from my HDD.

 

Does someone know if I need to format my ssd (NTFS/exFat) withthe disc manager, as an usual HDD, before using macrium reflect for cloning datas?

 

Thanks for helping me.

MD

 

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08-29-2014

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-11, 21:59 PM

Hey guys!

 

Have any of you encoutered problems with broken usb3 port?

I noticed fom the first day, that it was pretty hard to stick an usb stick in.

Didn't bother to check....so now...a month later I have a broken usb 3 port, the plastic blue part is broken off.

Went to store and they said that this is not covered by the warranty...

 

As far as I can see I have two options.

Buy new usb3 port and desolder it myself...

Or buy Lenovos Accident Coverage.

 

 

Will it even cover these type of damages?

 

Thank you!

P.S. I am a Lenovo user from Denmark :)

 

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-19, 22:09 PM

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you some feedback about my Lenovo yoga 2 13 upgraded with ssd.

 

So first I bought a 128Gb M550 M.2 SSD from crucial. It cost me like 85€ (~100$ i think).

 

To install it, you'll need to open the back cover of your laptop with a T5 TORX screwdriver. There is 11 screws. After that, you'll need to separate the cover from the laptop very carefully cause it still remains some plastic clips between them. I used a credit card that I partially inserted under the cover and slid from one corner to another. You should hear a "CLAC" sound for every plastic clip you unlock.

 

Be very carefull for this part, plastic clip are very fragile. It took me almost 15 minutes the first time I opened it.

 

Then plug the SSD in its slot. You'll need a mouting screw to fix it. The type of screw is a M2x3 mm: 2mm width, 3mm long. Not easy to find at all for me, not even on my old computer, so i took one from the HDD.

 

After that, I put the cover back and went to the BIOS menu. The SSD was detected in the informations page but when I started windows 8, it wasn't detected in the disc manager.

After some internet searching, I find the solution. The issu was from the BIOS version. The one I had was to old, I upgraded it, jumping from the V1.03 to the v1.11 and then I was able to find my SSD in the disc manager.

 

The last step was to clone my HDD to the SSD. I used Macrium reflect free edition. Very simple, they have a step by step guide on their web site.

First you'll need to save your data on a external HDD and make free space in your HDD. Indeed, you are going to clone entire partitions of your 500gb HDD to a 128gb SSD. So if your HDD has more than 120gb, you won't be able to clone all those data.

 

When you open Macrium, notice that on the HDD, there is multiple partitions:

1- WINRE partition 1000mb

2- System DRV partition 260mb

3- LRS_ESP partition 1000mb

4- Microsoft reserved partition 128mb

5- the partition used for your data ~425Gb (contains the Windows folder)

6 & 7 - Lenovo partition for recovery or something lie that. (didn't figure it out)

 

Unless you want to clone the HDD entirely, their is 4 partition totally necessary that you will have to clone. Otherwise, your SSD will not be recognised as a bootable disc. Those are:

1- WINRE partition 1000mb

2- System DRV partition 260mb

3- LRS_ESP partition 1000mb

4- Microsoft reserved partition 128mb

 

And of course, do not forget to add your data partition (5) to clone windows.

 

Use the tutorial from macrium website to do it.

It took me about 20 min to clone my HDD.

 

And now, after having formated my former HDD, I have windows 8 and programs on my SSD and all my documents/music/photo are on my HDD.

It starts in less that 8 second, it is very stable, no crash for now, no problem of any kind. The batterylife don't seems to be decreased.

I hope my explainations will help some of you.

 

Good luck and enjoy.

MD

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07-14-2014

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-26, 19:35 PM

Excellent,

I have just bought M550 512G for my Yoga 2 13 but also bought a pre-order a MyDigitalSSD 256GB M.2 2242 for my wife Lenovo Flex 13.Thank you for the advice

Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA 2 13; (i3 4010U, 500GB HDD + 512GB M550 M.2 SSD, 4GB ram, Intel HD4400, 1920 x 1080, Clementine)
Lenovo Flex PC Tactile 14; (I(i3 4010U, 500GB HDD + 256GB MyDigitalSSD M.2, 8GB ram, Intel HD4000 Graphics, 1366 x 768, Grey)
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09-27-2014

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Re: Yoga 2 13 Internals

2014-09-27, 17:34 PM

I just installed an m500 480 gb and am getting the same slow-ish speeds in crystaldiskmark.  Looking at published crystal disk mark speeds for the m500, I don't think it's the drive itself.  It looks suspiciously as though it's being throttled to sata 2 speeds.  I wonder if it has something to do with the 480 gb capacity?

 

Could those of you using the m500 (whatever the capacity) publish your crystaldiskmark scores?

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