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Hard Drive Issue

2020-08-20, 22:24 PM

Hello

 

I've had a serious HD crash (so it seems) on my ThinkPad P72.  I had been able to place a new version of Windows 10 and start over but this week I can't even do that.  So I just thought it would be a good idea to get a new HD (this time an SSD) and replace the old one.  I viewed a video that showed how to replace the old drive and it seemed fairly easy.

 

So I go and open up the back to put the new SSD in and what do I see?  No Hard Drive!  Nothing there in the 2.5 inch slot...so I'm pretty confused.  Where is the HD this computer uses?  The video showed a drive in the 2.5 inch slot...

 

It turn out my SSD did not come with a cable since I was going to use the "old" one but there isn't one (lol).  What cable do I used...I suppose I can buy one from Amazon or some such.

 

But still....this is weird...where is the hard drive on this PC?

 

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2020-08-20, 22:41 PM

Hi,

 

Page 73 shows the location of the M.2 SSD.

 

https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/tp_p72_hmm_en.pdf

 

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2020-08-21, 1:34 AM

It is very frustrating that Lenovo does not just provide the cable and bracket with the system, because more often than not they are not available from Lenovo post sale.

 

I your case you are lucky because it is supposedly available from Lenovo (see link below), and even though you may return the SSD you purchased for a M.2 SSD (they are faster), I would still pick one up should you decide to add additional internal storage in the future.

 

ThinkPad Mobile Workstation Hard Drive Bracket  (p/n: 4XH0S69185)

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2020-08-21, 1:38 AM

It is very frustrating that Lenovo does not just provide the cable and bracket with the system, because more often than not they are not available from Lenovo post sale.

 

I your case you are lucky because it is supposedly available from Lenovo (see link below), and even though you may return the SSD you purchased for a M.2 SSD (they are faster), I would still pick one up should you decide to add additional internal storage in the future.

 

ThinkPad Mobile Workstation Hard Drive Bracket  (p/n: 4XH0S69185)

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2020-08-21, 1:38 AM

It is very frustrating that Lenovo does not just provide the cable and bracket with the system, because more often than not they are not available from Lenovo post sale.

 

I your case you are lucky because it is supposedly available from Lenovo (see link below), and even though you may return the SSD you purchased for a M.2 SSD (they are faster), I would still pick one up should you decide to add additional internal storage in the future.

 

ThinkPad Mobile Workstation Hard Drive Bracket  (p/n: 4XH0S69185)

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2020-08-21, 1:41 AM

Bizzare, the forum is cutting off my message at the Lenovo link.    Lenovo appears to have it too, but I cannot post that link apparently, so here is another source of the Part number: 4XH0S69185 kit you need. 

 

ThinkPad Mobile Workstation Hard Drive Bracket

https://www.cdw.com/product/lenovo-hard-drive-bracket-for-thinkpad-p52-and-p72-mobile-workstation/5307484#PO

 

 

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2020-08-21, 2:13 AM

OK, thanks...this makes sense to me now.  The PC was running off the M.2 SSD and that is probably the part that is not working.  I had thought to replace the 1030 drive with a new one but this model did not come with one (not on original order).  I need to replace the M.2 instead...

 

Side question: if I remove the M.2 can I use my new 1030 2.5 inch SSD instead?  If so, what cable do I need?


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2020-08-21, 3:53 AM

Yes, you can use the 2.5" SATA SSD to replace the PCIe M.2 NVME SSD that failed, but you will need the cable and bracket kit I posted the part number for earlier to connect it.

 

To use the 2.5" SATA SSD all by itself, remove the defective PCIe M.2 SSD before installing Windows so the SATA SSD becomes the boot drive.    You may have to go into the BIOS (aka ThinkPad Setup) to set the SATA drive as the first boot device after doing so, but it should default to that automatically.   See page 54 of the P72 User Guide for instructions on using ThinkPad Setup and changing the Startup Sequence if needed. 

 

If you choose to replace the M.2 SSD and keep the SATA SSD, leave the 2.5" SATA SSD out while you install Windows 10 on the M.2 SSD, and then once you have booted into Windows after installation, shut down, install the SATA drive, and then use Windows Disk Management to format the SATA drive and assign it a drive letter.

 

How to use Disk Management to set up a Hard Drive.

https://www.seagate.com/support/kb/how-to-use-disk-management-to-set-up-a-hard-drive-188931en/

 

If you have never performed a fresh installation of Windows 10, this document should help

 

How to: Perform a Clean Install or Reinstall of Windows 10

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/all/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-or-reinstall-of/aef0ae63-2117-41ee-a8ea-4a3181625b08

 

 

Best of luck, 

 

 

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