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P50 upgrade advice

2018-01-20, 19:50 PM

I'm new to laptop upgrading and forum posting.

currently my p50 has a WD Hybrid Black drive that works fine, but I really want faster startups and file transfer rates. I'm planning on getting a SSD and was looking at this:

Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW):

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-EVO-Internal-MZ-V6E500BW/dp/B01LXS4TY6?SubscriptionId=AKIAIOIL6HT4RMUFB3AA&tag=cshopper-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01M20VBU7&ascsubtag=2788fb78-4712-42dd-9837-a139009f0203&th=1

 

question 1: I've read about some sort of thermal issue with this SSD in P50s. should I look for something different?

question 2: I don't have stellar battery life and the machine is heavy as it is, should I completely replace my hybrid drive? or leave in as storage? (do people ever buy used hard drives?)

question 3: when I install my new SSD can I just transfer the OS and everything over within the computer?

 

Please forgive my ignorance. I've done a lot of research but these are the questions I'm having a hard time getting a simple answer to.

 

Thanks for the help!!!

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Re: P50 upgrade advice

2018-01-21, 12:54 PM

Hello,

 

Although the Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD drive isn't from Lenovo, it should work fine in your P50.  I am using the older Samsung 950 PRO model in mine and it works fine.  A limitation, though, is that non-Lenovo drives do not thermal throttling.  I've never had a problem with mine reaching a high-enough temperature, though, to cause a problem.

 

In order to install a M.2 2280 NVMe SSD into a ThinkPad P50, the following part is required:

 

4XB0K59917 - ThinkPad M.2 SSD Tray

 

Note that there are two different models of SSD tray, one for NVMe SSDs, and one for SATA.  This is the one you need.

 

You can replace the WD Black SSHD, or leave it in the ThinkPad for additional storage.

 

Samsung offers free disk cloning software to copy an old drive to a new Samsung SSD.  Another popular solution frequently mentioned in the forum is Macrium Reflect.  I prefer to perform a new installation of Windows, but that's just my personal preference.

 

There are some good threads on how to do the actual installation of the NVMe SSD that you might find of use:

 

If you have any further questions, just let us know.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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2018-01-22, 23:15 PM

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