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Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-07, 4:53 AM

Hello,

 

I purchased a My Digital 42mm M.2 ssd and wanted to install it in my W540. It does not show up in the BIOS or disk management. I had gone to a local computer repair shop to ask if he could check the ssd some how to verify that it was in fact working, since it is the second one that i have tried to install unsuccesfully. While he couldnt test the ssd for me he said that since adding the M.2 drive is an option that you can choose when you buy the computer and i did not do that I can not add one to the computer later. He mentioned that  the mother board needed to be configured to use the M.2 drive at the factory. I was not aware of that, obviously since i purchased the ssd, can anybody verify that is indeed the case? Or any suggestions on how to get the drive to show up would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-07, 12:17 PM

Hi Joorgo,

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community!

 

As per you are query we understood that you are facing issue with M.2 sata compatibility for on ThinkPad W540.

 

Below is the link where the other user had the issue with M2 sata, check if it useful for you.

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/W540-mSATA-as-boot-disk/m-p/1287569

 

Hope this helps!

 

Best regards,

Hemanth Kumar



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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-08, 9:45 AM

Hi Joorgo,

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Hello

 

Thanks for the link... I read through it but it doesn’t answer my question. Can you add an M.2 drive to a W540 after you purchase it or does it have to come with that drive installed already and configured in some special way? That is my question can you please answer that?  I am just trying to figure out if the SSD that i want to install is defective or my computer is.

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M.2 SSD is an optional in W540, please check with updating system BIOS and check it once if the system still not detecting the M.2 SSD then the system is not supported.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Best regards,

Hemanth Kumar



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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-08, 20:01 PM

I'm not sure, as I do not have the machine in front of me.  However, just sticking a card or drive in a system does not mean it will be recognized as such.  Indeed, in my system it worked flawlessly.  I cannot image that it would not, but this so called Workstation by marketing, is full of Workarounds. 

 

You need to go into [Administrative Tools] > [Computer Management] > [Disk Management]

 

There are more steps, but just let me know if you see the disk in there, with no drive letter of course!  Else go to systems and find new hardware.  Then we can proceed from there, and intialize, and format the drive, and assign a letter.

 

I use Win 7 64, so I have no idea how Win 8 handles this.

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-08, 22:24 PM

Hey Bauden,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

im on Win 7 64 as well. Under disk management there are only two entries one for the hd and cd rom. I could not find it under new hardware either

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-09, 5:09 AM

Look this:  http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Good-news-the-22X42mm-NGFF-SATA3-SSD-of-256GB/td-p/1655613

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-09, 5:39 AM

When you purchased your W540 did it come with the 16GB M.2 Solid State Drive and then did you upgrade it later?

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-09, 7:26 AM

No.

I buy my own NGFF 256GB, and then add.

Whether or not the original, will not affect to add your own NGFF SSD.

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-09, 7:53 AM

I see, thank you very much. 

Then since ive already tried to install two different NGFF drives and neither has showed up its probably the computer then. 

 

Was there any setting you had to change in the BIOS or anything once you had installed it to get it to work?

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Re: Adding a M.2 NGFF drive to a W540

2014-08-09, 8:02 AM

Do not need to make any settings of BIOS, NGFF SSD can immediately use;

 

Unless your W540 supports RAID models, may need to be set to AHCI mode, it can display the three drive in BIOS (including the new NGFF SSD)

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