09-19-2017 01:03 AM
I have a P51 laptop with 256GB SSD drive and wish to replace it with a new 512GB drive. The new drive is the Lenovo replacement part FRU 00UP440 (Lenovo Drive SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 512GB OPAL 2.0 FRU SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 512GB OPAL 2.0 Samsung)
However I wish to clone my existing disk over, so require a USB Adaptor to connect the new drive to. Can anyone share any links to a compatible USB device please?
09-19-2017 02:12 AM
I wish to clone my existing disk over, so require a USB Adaptor to connect the new drive to. Can anyone share any links to a compatible USB device please?
There are USB adapters that will accept an M.2 card, but they are for SATA M.2 disks, not NVMe M.2 disks.
The simplest solution is to image your existing NVMe disk to a conventional external USB HDD, remove the existing NVMe disk, install the new NVMe disk, and then restore the image from the external USB HDD.
If you want to use the existing NVMe disk for other purposes, you will need to install it in a laptop or desktop system that has an available NVMe socket.
-- from CyberSimian in the UK
09-19-2017 02:25 AM
Thanks for the reply. Are you saying there are no such devices for these NVMe disks to connect via an adaptor? I've looked but cant find anything. I wanted to avoid going to a disk then back again as you suggested but will have no choice if such a device doesnt exist!
09-19-2017 02:46 AM
Are you saying there are no such devices for these NVMe disks to connect via an adaptor?
I am not aware of any such device. Perhaps someday one will become available!
-- from CyberSimian in the UK
09-21-2017 01:17 AM
NVMe drives attach to a system directly over its PCIe bus, so you would need an adapter which passes PCIe signalling. The three options I'm aware of are using either an ExpressCard, MiniPCIe or a Thunderbolt interface to connect a PCIe card to a notebook computer. Thunderbolt would be the fastest, and there are several manufacturers which sell a PCIe to Thunderbolt chassis like Akitio and Sonnet Technologies.
You would install the NVMe into a PCIe card adapter like this Asus model, install the PCIe card into the chassis, then connect the chassis to the laptop and power everything up. Assuming everything is compatible, the NVMe drive will be detected and accessible just like any other drive. It may not show up as a removable drive, though, but as an internal drive, due to the way in which the operating system treats NVMe storage devices.
As far as I know, Lenovo does not test with or support these kinds of connections, so make sure you purchase the components from a reseller who accepts returns in case this does not work.
09-25-2017 04:59 PM - edited 09-25-2017 05:00 PM
P51 has two internal SSD NVMe slots.
Why not plug your 2nd SSD internally (instead of looking for a non existing USB adapter)?
You just might need to buy a 4XB0K59917 ThinkPad SSD M.2 Tray.
Plug new SSD in slot 0 and old SSD in slot 1 (see Hardware Maintenance Manual) and do transfer with third party software (i.e. MiniTool Partition Wizard).