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New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2020-11-06, 20:04 PM

Hi everybody,

 

I just received my new P15 Gen1. Has a 512GB Opal M.2 SSD. I would like to add another M.2 for files, pics, and videos.  I have 3 questions:

 

  1. Will the built-in Opal drive automatically encrypt ? Is it necessary?
  2. can I buy and install as drive 2  any m.2 2280 drive, meaning, without Opal? I was thinking WD Blue 1TB or Samsung 970 Evo
  3. can it be added later or preferable to install before I start everything ( laptop still in the box, received today) ?

 

thanks for your help. new to Lenovo, and new to this forum. 

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2020-11-07, 0:04 AM

According to the Specifications tab of the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1 Platform Specifications your P15 has two M.2 SSD Slots, so you should be able to add a second M.2 2280 SSD, PCIe NVMe of up to 2TB in size.

 

See pages 67-68 of the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1/T15g Gen 1 Hardware Maintenance Manual for details on how to access and install.

 

Lenovo Removal and Replacement Videos 

 

Disable Built in Battery  (this is important to do before opening bottom  door)

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/HT511051

 

Remove Bottom Door

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/HT511051

 

Remove/Replace Solid State Drive

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/HT511051

 

Note:   Before ordering your new SSD, I would remove the bottom door and make sure that Lenovo included the screw to secure the second SSD, and if not make sure that they seller of your new SSD provides one along with the SSD    The screw needed is a M2 × 3 mm, flat-head,, preferable one that is Nylok-coated .

 

 

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2020-11-07, 2:28 AM
Thanks, JD. I went ahead and bought a 970 Evo Plus, and it's now formated and configured. Thank you very much for your help. Bernard
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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-01-14, 22:14 PM

@LadyLay Was there a screw in the P15 already? Did your drive come with a screw?

 

Thanks!

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-01-15, 0:10 AM

It's been a few weeks already but yes, if I remember well, the screw was there. Anyway, I didn't have any leftover screw and the drive is well secured...

 

Bernard

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-01-15, 3:50 AM

Has anyone tried to install a Samsung 980 Pro in a P15 Gen 1?  I have read that Intel chipsets, such as the WM490 are incompatible with PCIe 4.0 but I can't tell whether that just means they won't operate at PCIe 4.0 speeds or whether they won't work properly.  Samsung says that their 980 Pro drives are backwards compatible to PCIe 3.0 but I have had quirky problems with non-Lenovo approved upgrades in the past.

P50, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, 4K, NVidia Quadro M2000M 4GB, Dual Samsung 950 PRO 512GB NVMe drives non-RAID, 32 GB Crucial Technology DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000). Windows 10 Home.
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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-01-30, 21:50 PM

Hi JDGillis.

 

?whay if I didn't "Disable Built in Battery" before "Remove Bottom Door" as you state in your kind message to the forum?

 

So, I didn't and I've removed the bottom door and placed a 2nd ssd (WD black SN750) and aftewards.... the laptop never came back on... nor the lenovo logo in the startup

 

Any help would be very very appreciate.

 

Now I know, I've should have read page 43 of the ThinkPad P15v Gen 1 and T15p Gen 1 User Guide ... ouch.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Marcelo.

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-02-01, 20:05 PM

Hello.

Today I've solved it all, fortunatelly.

Share my experience hoping to help anyone who may need it after falling in the tricky "fast start" feature from Windows.

 

There were no way to "reset" or "factory reset" the p15v gen 1 until I've took away the stock m2 drive and the ram module and power on the laptop...

Of course with the charger unplugged.

It began to beep several times and the screen wento ON :) and I could enter de BIOS for the first time after installing the wd drive in slot A.

I then change the order of boot drives (the first was Windows Boot Manager) wich for sure was locked with the "fast start" feature I didn't turn off iniatially and set "quick boot to diagnostics" and set on "disable built-in battery).

Exit savig changes turned the laptop off.   

Installed the stock drive again (in slot B), plugged the charger in (otherwise the power button won't have effect) and turned the system on. 

And voilá! everything was back in its perfect place!!!

 

At that time, I started again with the right foot following JDGillis secuence and advice! 

First step first... disable windows "fast start" feature...

 

Now the two drives are Ok and running.

 

The ThikPad P15v Gen 1and T15p Gen 1 User Guide was very helpful too. Try to attach it here.

 

Thanks to everybody in the forum!!

 

Marcelo.

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-02-06, 22:59 PM

Even I am thinking to get samsung 980 pro 2th, but it will be nice to get confirmation whether it is compatible with p15 gen 1 and read/write data at the higher speeds? Anyone ?

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Re:New P15 Gen 1 just received, want to add a second M.2 SSD, need help

2021-02-06, 23:42 PM

I decided *not* to go with the 980 Pro after I received one for two main reasons:  (a) the 980 Pro is PCIe 4.0 and the P15 Gen 1 could not have taken advantage of PCIe 4.0 because it is only PCIe 3.0 and (b) the 970 Pro uses 2-bit MLC (Multi-Level Cell) flash memory whereas the Samsung 980 Pro uses Samsung’s less expensive and less robust 3-bit TLC (Triple Level Cell) flash memory.  The 970 memory lasts approximately *twice* as long as the TLC memory in the 980.  The 980 does have a newer, and better, controller, but I figured I couldn't take advantage of all the features with my PCIe 3.0 system.  I returned the 980 Pro and bought a 970 Pro, which is *more* expensive, instead.  I'm not sure it will make any difference but I wanted to have the "best" drive for my purposes.  Both Samsung drives support TCG/Opal V2.0.

P50, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, 4K, NVidia Quadro M2000M 4GB, Dual Samsung 950 PRO 512GB NVMe drives non-RAID, 32 GB Crucial Technology DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000). Windows 10 Home.
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